The New York Times Company Announces the 10 Semifinalists for the Third Annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards
NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2009 — The New York Times Company announced today the 10 semifinalists for the 2009 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Now in its third year, the awards honor outstanding management practices and encourage innovation and communication among New York's large and diverse nonprofit community. In 2007, The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) and the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG) joined the Times Company in the establishment of this program. All nonprofit organizations based in and serving New York City, Long Island and Westchester are eligible to apply. The application period ended for the 2009 submissions on Nov. 21, 2008. The organizations, which vary in size and in the types of services they offer the community, were chosen by the program's selection committee for their outstanding management.
The 10 semifinalists are:
-- Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) — provides immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions in New York City.
-- Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) — is a Bronx based settlement house whose mission is to improve the economic and social well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities.
-- Food Bank For New York City — works to end food poverty and increase access to affordable and nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers living in the five boroughs.
-- Groundwork, Inc. — supports young people living in high poverty urban communities as they develop their strengths, skills, talents and competencies through effective experiential learning and work programs.
-- Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) — empowers court involved families with legal information and compassionate guidance so that they can successfully navigate the Family Court system, regain their stability and decrease the likelihood that they will return to the courts.
-- Make the Road New York — promotes economic justice, equity and opportunity for all New Yorkers through community and electoral organizing, strategic policy advocacy, leadership development, youth and adult education and high quality legal and support services.
-- Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) — a resource and advocacy center for community groups in New York City; promotes community economic justice and eliminates discriminatory economic practices that harm communities and perpetuate inequality and poverty.
-- New York Cares — meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service to more than 990 nonprofit agencies, public schools and other deserving organizations throughout the five boroughs.
-- Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) — transforms health care in underserved communities in New York and beyond through high-impact financing, innovative services and policy leadership that helps providers expand access to quality, patient-centered primary care.
-- Vera Institute of Justice — combines expertise in research, demonstration projects and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.