Past Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Award Winners


2014 Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards

 

 
Pictured from left are Janelle Metzger of Water for Ishmael, Dan Rogers of Cherry Street Mission Ministries and  Lori Shoen of Shared Lives Studio.
Shared Lives Studios of Lott Industries - Innovation Award

Our winner is a nonprofit visual arts studio where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.  In fall of two thousand ten, the studio opened in a new space in downtown toledo, providing jobs for people with developmental disabilities, who were often undervalued and overlooked in the arts. It provided an outlet to communicate feelings and create something tangible.   Since 2010, studio sales have increased one hundred percent, and tripled the number of working artists. For many, art has become a career path. By engaging in the arts and discovering their own creative expression, they are able to live fuller, richer and more meaningful lives.

Water for Ishmael - Excellence Award for a Small Organization

In two thousand three, they began offering a class in English for Arab women. From that one class, the American school for women and children has grown into a respected school for children of all nationalities, teaching English as a second language. Students not only develop language skills, but cultural understanding, health and safety, job skills and finances.

The winning organization served three hundred thirty clients in the past year, making a deep and lasting impact. Many have pursued their GEDs and are studying at universities. They have jobs, or are senior citizens who can now interact with their neighbors. They are mothers who are involved in their children’s education. Because of this impact, Toledo is now a refugee center, providing a welcoming community to those who cannot go home again.  Our winning organization works with Toledo area churches to open the door to friendly dialogue with Muslims, destroying stereotypes and lessening the fear of immigrants. Our winning organization, Water for Ishmael, is making Toledo a better place for us all.  

Cherry Street Mission Ministries - Excellence Award for a Large Organization

This organization was founded in 1947 to provide people in need with sustenance for the body and nourishment for the soul. Our winner is the largest organization serving low-income and homeless men, women and children in 14 counties of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, offering food, shelter and clothing, transitional housing, substance abuse and mental health assistance, job-readiness training, GED preparation and computer literacy courses.

Our winner in Excellence runs a shelter for men, an educational center for guests and the public, a women’s rescue center, a men’s transitional housing center, a food and community center, a center for free clothing, furniture and appliances, a health clinic, and programs for empowerment and giving back to the community. Their two-family duplex, Hope House, provides housing for families at risk of becoming homeless. These families are also able to take part in financial planning, educational and vocational rehabilitation, parenting and relationship classes, and personal development planning.

 About the Awards

The Blade and Toledo Community Foundation, in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Resources, are pleased to announce the Annual Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards which are designed to honor and recognize outstanding nonprofit organizations and their achievements in our community.

Awards are given to three nonprofit organizations, one in each of the following categories:

  • Nonprofit Innovation Award
  • Nonprofit Excellence Award – Small Organization (Budget under $500,000)
  • Nonprofit Excellence Award – Large Organization (Budget over $500,000)

The 2014 Awards Breakfast was held at The Premier, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd. in Toledo. 

Prizes 

All Award Recipients receive: 

  • The honor and distinction of being recognized as a leader among Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan’s nonprofits;
  • A one-of-a-kind glass art award engraved with the organization’s name;
  • An unrestricted grant from Toledo Community Foundation in the amount of $5,000;
  • An ad in The Blade;
  • A public service announcement video capturing the organization’s work;
  • A feature article of the organization Toledo Community Foundation's newsletter and a feature in The Center for Nonprofit Resources e-newsletter; 
  • One table (10 tickets) to the recognition event to be held Thursday, October 9, 2014; and
  • A $1,000 unrestricted grant from The Andersons

Awards Selection Process & Timeline

Click Here for the 2014 Award Submission Guidelines. 

All applications must be submitted through the Toledo Community Foundation's online application process. Click on the links below to access the application for which you would like to apply. We encourage applicants to apply for one award only.

Selection Committee

The selection committee reviewed the applications and select award winners in each category.  Winners were announced at the 2014 Awards Recognition Event on October 9, 2014.


Event and Award Sponsors


 

Sponsors

Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade would like to thank the event sponsors: The Andersons, Brooks Insurance, 13abc and Buckeye CableSystem for their generous support of the Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards and The Andersons for their grant award sponsorship. We would like to thank  Buckeye CableSystem for producing the PSAs for the winning organizations. Also special thanks to Jeff Smith and Sashem Brey for hosting and promoting the awards and Toledo glass artist, Shawn Messenger, for beautiful handblown glass award.


 

Congratulations to the 2013 award winners

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  • Arts Commission of Greater Toledo - Innovation Award
  • East Toledo Family Center - Excellence Award, Large Organization
  • Toledo Lucas County CareNet - Excellence Award, Small Organization
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Pictured from left are Keith Burwell - Toledo Community Foundation, Jan Ruma - Toledo Lucas County
CareNet, Marc Folk - Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Kim Partin - East Toledo Family Center and
Joe Zerbey - The Blade.


and congratulations to Northwest Ohio Community Shares,  the winner of our prize drawing of a $1,000 unrestricted grant from Toledo Community Foundation and $2,000 in advertising services from The Blade. Awards were presented to selected organizations at the Annual Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards breakfast on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Premiere Banquet Facility.

Read the Press Release at toledocf.org

The Awards are presented by The Blade and Toledo Community Foundation in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Resources.  Sponsorships for the awards and the event come from The Andersons, The Blade, Brooks Insurance, Buckeye Cablesystem, 13abc and Toledo Community Foundation.

 


More about the 2013 Award Winners

 

East Toledo Family Center for Excellence in a Large Organization

 

Toledo-Lucas County CareNet for Excellence in a Small Organization




Arts Commission of Greater Toledo for the Innovation Award



About Our Winners

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo - In the summer of 2012, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, along with CGS Imaging, Hanson, Inc., Toledo.com and others, launched the You Are Here Toledo project (YAH), to motivate Toledoans to explore their community. The project's goal was to promote positivity about the Toledo area and to enhance our sense of place. This project, which was unique to Toledo, showcased the area’s artistic talent while highlighting the uniqueness of our community. The resulting “way-finding” system affixed 100 artist-designed, temporary, You Are Here "dots" at public locations throughout the city. Users were encouraged to take part in a scavenger hunt to find the dots via the mobile app, which featured a map of the locations with information about the project. Additionally, each dot featured a unique QR code that could be scanned through the app. As a result, users were treated to information about the artists and the artwork, as well as the significance of the location where the dot was placed. The YAH Toledo project represents a collaboration of nonprofit, for-profit and governmental sectors involving ten different entities. The nationally recognized You Are Here Toledo Project was featured in the March 2013 International Design Awards Annual issue of HOW Magazine.

East Toledo Family Center - Established in 1901, the East Toledo Family Center is one of the oldest community centers in Northwest Ohio. The organization offers educational, recreational, and social programs and services to enhance the function and quality of life of those in need. The organization provides a variety of services to individuals of all ages, including: preschool, childcare, youth athletics, youth enrichment, tutoring, teen leadership club, alternative to school suspension programs, financial coaching and education, home visitation, supervised visitation, parent education, family events, and in-home and site-based senior citizen programming.

Toledo/Lucas County CareNet (CN) - Toledo/Lucas County CareNet is a virtually free clinic established in 2003 as a public/private partnership. CN's partners are united by its mission to increase access to coordinated healthcare services for low income, uninsured residents of Lucas County who fall through the cracks of existing healthcare coverage.Through the collaborative efforts of local hospitals, physicians, federally qualified health centers, nonprofit organizations and local government, existing community resources are coordinated into this award-winning system of care. More than 220 volunteer specialists participate in CareNet's Voluntary Specialty Network where specialists agree to see CareNet members at no charge for services from a consultation to cancer treatment to major surgery. CareNet has served more than 25,000 Lucas county residents and members have accessed more than 455,000 healthcare and transportation services that they might otherwise have been forced to forego. With a focus on prevention, the services provided from 2003 to 2012 are valued conservatively at $147 million dollars based on Medicaid rates.

Sponsors

Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade would like to thank the event sponsors: The Andersons, Brooks Insurance, 13abc and Buckeye CableSystem for their generous support of the Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards and The Andersons for their grant award sponsorship. We would like to thank  Buckeye CableSystem for producing the videos for the winning organizations. 

 


 

Congratulations to the 2012 Award Winners

 

Photo Credit: Joanne Olnhausen

Winners (back - left to right): Joe Tafelski, Executive Director ABLE; Kevin Mulder, Executive Director LAWO; David Coyle, Board President of ABLE/LAWO, (front - left to right): Tammy Holder, Executive Director, Beach House Family Shelter and Vicki Obee-Hilty, Executive Director, Bittersweet Farms

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards!

The Blade, Toledo Community Foundation and The Center for Nonprofit Resources would like to congratulate the winners.  Over 250 nonprofit professionals, volunteers and supporters attended the awards breakfast on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Toledo Club to help celebrate the accomplishments of each of the winners below.

Thank you to all the nonprofit organizations who applied in 2012.

 

About the Winners...

Beach House Family Shelter and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.’s awards of excellence were earned for noteworthy achievements in mission/program, governance, financial management, fundraising, evaluation and community impact.

 


Excellence Award (Small Organization) Recipient: Beach House Family Shelter

The mission of Beach House Family Shelter is to help homeless women and families regain independence. They fulfill it by fostering positive changes through structured programs focused on goal setting, employment, education and life management. Beach House operates at capacity regularly and differs from other local shelters because they are the only shelter in Toledo that provides shelter to single women and families in a Goal Directed living environment. The strong balance of compassion and accountability encompasses an empowerment approach to service delivery. Actionable data is continually captured and used to strategically engage individuals in activities that address obstacles to housing, employment and education and meet the diverse needs of families and children.  Beach House has had a positive impact on our community since 1921, helping thousands of people regain independence by providing critical services to our areas most vulnerable.

 


Excellence Award (Large Organization) Recipient: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. & Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.

LAWO and ABLE work together to improve the lives low-income people in western Ohio by helping them obtain and maintain the basic necessities of life -- housing, safety, health care, food, basic income, access to education---that are essential for family stability and security.  As law firms for the poor, they work to resolve a full range of legal problems involving domestic violence, housing, consumer issues, government benefits, immigration, civil rights, employment, and other matters.  Their shared mission is to provide high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.

 


Innovation Award Recipient: Bittersweet Farms

Bittersweet Farms, situated on 80 acres in western Lucas County in Whitehouse, was the first farmstead in North America to focus on serving adults with autism and their families. Bittersweet Farms opened almost 30 years ago with an emphasis on providing vocational, residential, and supported living programs for adults with autism. Bittersweet Farms created their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program in an effort to creatively replace decreased financial support from government grants, including federal, state and county sources.  Bittersweet is providing meaningful work, therapeutic programming, and life skills training for the residents, as well as creating a new source of revenue for the organization.  Even the community benefits by having the ability to buy healthy, locally grown food from a known source.

 

Sponsors
Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade would like to thank the event sponsors: The Andersons, Brooks Insurance, 13abc and Buckeye CableSystem for their generous support of the Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards and The Andersons for their grant award sponsorship.

        

  

We would also like to thank  Buckeye CableSystem for producing the videos for the winning organizations.  Click below to view each video that was shown at the award event.


 



2011 Award Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards

Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade, in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Resources, collaborated to create an award to recognize local nonprofit organizations for their contributions to our community.  “Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade recognize that the nonprofit sector plays a critical role in enriching and improving the lives of people throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan,” states Keith Burwell, president of Toledo Community Foundation.

Three nonprofit organizations were recognized at the first annual awards breakfast held Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at The Toledo Club for their contributions to the community.  There were over 280 members of the nonprofit and business community in attendance.



Winners of the first Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards announced October 11, 2011 are:

 

Photo Credit: Joanne Olnhausen

Winners (left to right): Judy Seibenick, Hospice of Northwest Ohio; Courtney Weiss, Unison Behavioral Health Group; Jim Funk, Read for Literacy, Inc.

 

Each organization received a $5,000 unrestricted grant from Toledo Community Foundation as well as a one-of-a-kind glass creation by local glass artist Shawn Messenger.



About the Winners...

Without any experience in animation or filmmaking, 15 consumers and two facilitators of Unison Behavioral Health Group created an inspiring, digitally animated film, "Leon and Mia: Crisis and Recovery."  The 17-minute movie shows what it's like to live with "voices" and "depression."  "Leon and Mia" is a powerful and innovative project that addresses two important needs:  1) The therapeutic need of the member to tell his/her story/to be seen and heard; and 2) A community need to increase empathy, understanding and respect for those who cope with serious mental illness on a daily basis.

Read for Literacy and Hospice of Northwest Ohio awards of excellence were earned for noteworthy achievements in mission/program, governance, financial management, fundraising, evaluation and community impact.

Read for Literacy provides a range of literacy services that enable children and adults to achieve the high levels of literacy they must have to succeed in an increasingly information-dependent world, while serving as an advocate for literacy in the greater Toledo area.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio provides specialized medical, emotional and spiritual care to people of all ages and their families living with any end-stage illness in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

A total of 128 agencies nominated themselves for the awards, which will be given annually to honor organizations for enriching and improving the lives of people in our community.

 

Sponsors

Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade would like to thank the event sponsors: The Andersons and Brooks Insurance for their generous support of the Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards.

         

 

We would also like to thank Buckeye CableSystem for producing the videos for the winning organizations.  Click below to view each video that was shown at the award event.

 

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