Nonprofit awards winners announced Tuesday night

October 9, 2013

Nonprofit awards winners announced Tuesday night

Ten nonprofit organizations were awarded $200,000 at Salute to Excellence on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 

And the winners and finalists are... 

The Frist Foundation Awards of Achievement recognize excellence in Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations in three categories: Revenue Development, Innovation in Action, and Team Building. 
 
The winner in the Revenue Development category is The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s NowPlayingNashville.com. Finalists are Christian Community Services, Inc. and Saddle Up!
 
The winner in the Innovation in Action category is Habitat for Humanity Greater Nashville’s Zombie Neighborhood Revitalization. Finalists are Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC): Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Initiative; and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Childcare Nashville/Childcare Tennessee.
 
The winner in the Team Building category is the Men of Valor Mentoring Program. Finalists are Conexión Americas Casa Azafrán and Siloam Family Health Center/Siloam Pharmacy Program.
 
The Bank of America CEO of the Year Award highlights the importance of executive leadership in an organization’s achievement of mission-related results. This year’s winner is Brian Williams of Hands On Nashville. Rodger Dinwiddie of STARS Nashville and Chris Lovingood of Nations Ministry Center are finalists. 
 
The KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year Award recognizes board members who go the extra mile for their organizations. This year’s winner is Gregory Pease of Bridges. Sandy Draper of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and Mac Kelton of Thriftsmart are finalists.
 
The Memorial Foundation Leadership Award is awarded to a nonprofit agency that has demonstrated sound management strategy in the heat of crisis. This year’s winner is NeedLink Nashville. Finalists are Community Food Advocates and Lighthouse Christian School.
 
The SunTrust Business Acumen in the Arts Award recognizes arts organizations that have demonstrated particular business acumen in implementing an initiative that carries out the agency’s mission and creates high community impact. This year’s winner is The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park’s Musicians Corner. The finalists are Nashville Jazz Workshop: Jazz on the Move and Nashville Opera Association, Inc.
 
The Erie Chapman Foundation Servant’s Heart Award was created to recognize individuals who are providing care and/or assistance to the clients of a nonprofit agency and who are on the “front lines” of the service profession. This year’s winner is Steve Purcell of Interfaith Dental Clinic. The finalists are Kawema of Martha O’Bryan Center and Shirley Kane of Room in the Inn’s Campus for Human Development.
 
The Baptist Healing Trust Compassionate Care Award is designed to recognize a nonprofit where love and compassion characterize its delivery of service. This year’s winner is Our Kids, Inc. The finalists are Best Buddies and Oasis Center.
 
The Baptist Healing Trust Access of Care Award acknowledges organizations that demonstrate boldness in expanding access to care, especially for the vulnerable and underserved in Middle Tennessee. The year’s winner is Disability Law and Advocacy Center. The finalists are Dispensary of Hope/St. Thomas Foundation and Room in the Inn’s Campus for Human Development.
 
Salute to Excellence is the largest nonprofit awards event in the country and was started at CNM in 1993. The awards honor nonprofits' commitment to management excellence in Middle Tennessee. 
 
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