Not another boring awards ceremony, the Leadership Awards event is an energetic evening of entertainment, social networking and celebrating the awesome leadership & vision of hard working young nonprofit professionals and organizations from the Grand Rapids area.
Congratulations to all of the finalists and the winners below that were announced on November 8 at the Leadership Awards!
Advocate Award: Maxine Gray
Edison Award: Nicholas Popma
Good-to-Great Award: Tracie Coffman
DoGooder Award: Michelle Harris
Grantmaking Guru: Nadia Brigham
Exemplary Executive: Rachel Hood
Resource Award: Social Charity Club of Grand Rapids
Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year: Lucy Dyer Joswick
AWARDS AND FINALISTS:
Advocate:The YNPN Advocate award will go to an individual who is always advocating for their cause. You can't see this person anywhere without hearing about their favorite green organization, how many children are hungry in West Michigan, or how voting will change everything! This person is on the street talking about their cause, and raising community-wide awareness of their issue every day.
Maxine Gray – BL2END
Megan Sall – The Right Place
Sarah Scott – Heartside Ministry
Stacy Stout – Grand Rapids Public Schools
Adrienne Wallace – 834 Design & Marketing
DoGooder: The YNPN DoGooder Award will go to an exemplary volunteer. A DoGooder volunteer is one that never quits. A Doogooder might be involved with multiple organizations or volunteers every chance they get for your organization. Nominating someone for this award allows you the chance to tell them thank you for all they do for your organization and in the community.
Katie Caralis – Creative Youth Center
Michelle Harris – Metro Health Hospital Foundation
Amy Rotter – Family Promise of Grand Rapids
Emily Shatto – Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance
Grantmaking Guru: A YNPN Grantmaking Guru is an individual whose work demonstrates a dedication to thoughtful community investments and meaningful partnerships between West Michigan's nonprofit organizations and foundations. His or her work extends beyond grantmaking office as an "on the ground" community investor and engaged citizen.
Nadia Brigham – W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Chana Edmond-Verley – DeVos Family Foundations
Ryan Sparks – Grand Rapids Fire Department
Good-to-Great: YNPN's Good to Great award will go to an individual that has moved an organization or program from good to great. This person may have increased the participation in a program at your organization, strengthened an organization so they may provide stronger service to the community, or simply took a dying organization and made it sustainable again. The person that will receive this award will have shown strong initiative toward improving and strengthening a program or service.
Tracie Coffman – Home Repair Services
Shelly Helmus – Access of West Michigan
Christine Lentine – Kid’s Food Basket
Lindsay McHolme – Literacy Center of West Michigan
Katie Timmermans – Artists Creating Together
Edison: YNPN’s Edison Award will go to an innovative and enthusiastic enrolled college student who has shown dedication to the nonprofit sector. This can be through volunteer work, an internship, or simply being an incredible advocate for their organization and the sector. The Edison Award honoree exemplifies what it takes to be an up-and-coming Young Nonprofit Professional.
Stacy Blackwell – Grand Valley State University
Callista Cook – YWCA West Central Michigan/Safe Haven Ministries
Margo Martin – Comprehensive Therapy Center
Nicholas Popma – Save India’s Youth
Sponsored By: and an Anonymous Donor
Exemplary Executive: The YNPN Exemplary Executive award will go to an exemplary young nonprofit executive director. This executive director should show strong leadership and initiative in moving their organization forward.
Lis Bokt – The Geek Group
Rachel Hood – WMEAC
Rochelle Manor – BRAINS and BRAINS Foundation
Lori Slager – Creative Youth Center
Resource: The YNPN Resource award will go to an organization that has proven over the year to provide praiseworthy support for young nonprofit professionals. An organization eligible for this award must provide resources, support, and professional development for young nonprofit professionals either working at or as a member of their organization.
The 2012 Resource Award Winner is: Social Charity Club of Grand Rapids
Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year: The Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year award will go to a nonprofit professional who excels in their work, always goes above and beyond for their cause, is always looking for a new way to make a nonprofit service better, and is an overall fabulous young professional. This person exemplifies all that is a young nonprofit professional and deserves recognition.
Nicole Cook – Humane Society of West Michigan
Lucy Dyer Joswick – Family Futures
Jason Madden – Davenport University
Emma Rosauer – Access of West Michigan
Amanda St. Pierre – Grand Rapids Community Foundation