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Toledo Community Foundation

Winners of Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards Announced

Published on 10/09/2018 10:00 am by Joanne M Olnhausen

TOLEDO, OH, October 9, 2018 – Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade, in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Resources, Buckeye Broadband and WTVG-13abc, are happy to announce the eighth annual Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Award winners, recognizing local nonprofit organizations that stand out for their contributions to our community.

The 2018 Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards breakfast and ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 9th at The Premier, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. More than 260 individuals from our area nonprofit and business communities came together to honor this year’s winners.

A panel of judges selected the following three organizations to receive recognition at this year’s ceremony. They are:
 Innovation award: Center of Hope Family Services, Inc.
 Small agency Excellence award: Leadership Toledo
 Large agency Excellence award: Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo

In addition to being recognized as a leader among northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan’s nonprofits, these winning organizations receive a $5,000 unrestricted grant from Toledo Community   Foundation; a $500 unrestricted grant from The Andersons; free full-page ad in The Blade; and a one-of-a-kind blown glass art creation by local glass artist Shawn Messenger.
About Our Winners
Center of Hope Family Services, Inc.’s mission is to improve the life outcomes of adults, children and families in urban settings. Programming provides educational enrichment, cultural   development, community involvement, workforce development and job skills training. Since 2011, the Center of Hope’s ELEVATE Program (Engage, Learn, Empower, Volunteer, Achieve, Teach,   Enrich) has provided culturally-centered academic enrichment and youth development services to three predominantly African-American Toledo Public Schools: Old Orchard Elementary, Old West   End Academy Elementary and Martin Luther King Academy for Boys. Their programming is an afterschool program where students and families come daily to improve literacy and math skills,  increase engagement in education and enrichment activities, and become empowered by learning and using leadership skills within the community. ELEVATE also offers family events to build   parents’ skills to support their children’s education and build community.

The results of the ELEVATE program have been very positive, outperforming the state average in student literacy gains and grade-level math standards, and reading at grade level more than doubled.
The Center of Hope believes the ELEVATE program is cutting edge because of its ability to implement academic assistance and enrichment activities that truly meet African-American students’ academic and social/emotional needs. It is skilled at integrating culturally competent and relevant strategies into K-12 educational interventions.
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Leadership Toledo exists to cultivate a community of leaders dedicated to serving with authenticity and purpose. Its board of trustees is comprised of reflective, lifelong learners devoted to upholding and living the vision and mission of the organization. With all being former program participants, they are committed to supporting greater Toledo while looking through a servant-leadership lens.
The organization’s successes include alumni engagement – since 1980, Leadership Toledo has graduated over 1,500 engaged community professionals; a board which actively participates and contributes to the success of its programs; an annual fundraising breakfast; implementation of Restaurant Week Toledo; and focusing on their programming to support area adults and high school youth in equipping them with the tools for impactful service to our community.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo (BGCT) exists to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The BGCT is governed by a board of trustees that includes active trustees, life trustees and associate trustees. The BGCT recently celebrated its 125th anniversary of providing services to Toledo youngsters.
The financial condition of the BGCT is stable, and available resources ensure continued operational viability. They have developed an effective fundraising strategy that has yielded increased funding to meet the Clubs’ growing needs.
The Clubs’ main location is on Detroit Avenue, near Monroe Street. They also have three locations inside TPS schools, all of which are in areas of high poverty and crime and serve over 5,000 annually. The Clubs seek to be a beacon of hope for neighborhood youngsters. The Clubs’ program is centered on a core Formula for Impact, which values fostering academic success, helping youngsters develop the qualities of good citizenship and leadership, and assist them in developing healthy lifestyles. Benchmarked by its national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the BCGT rank above national, regional and state of Ohio standards.
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In addition to Toledo Community Foundation, The Blade, The Center for Nonprofit Resources, Buckeye Broadband and WTVG-13abc, the 2018 Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards ceremony and breakfast were sponsored by The Andersons and USI.

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 800 funds with assets of approximately $300 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook.

The mission of The Center for Nonprofit Resources is to ensure nonprofit organizations in our region have the information and resources required to operate in an efficient and effective manner. For further information about The Center, visit www.c4npr.org or contact Heather Bradley, Director, at 419.241.9513 or Heather@c4npr.org.
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Background on Awards
Innovation: This award honors a program or initiative that demonstrates an innovative and effective response to community challenges. Award finalists also demonstrated effective and efficient use of human and financial resources, and involved the collaboration of other nonprofit organizations, businesses and/or governmental agencies in their efforts.
Excellence: This award recognizes an organization for overall excellence. Award finalists are organizations that demonstrate active involvement by staff, board members, volunteers, constituents and other stakeholders in advancing the mission of the organization and that focus on community impact and results.

Past Award Recipients
Nonprofit Innovation
Unison Behavioral Health Group (2011)
Bittersweet Farms (2012)
The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (2013)
Shared Lives Studio / Lott Industries (2014)
Imagination Station (2015)
Advocating Opportunity, Inc. (2016)
A Renewed Mind (2017)

Nonprofit Excellence – Small Organization
Read for Literacy, Inc. (2011)
Beach House Family Shelter (2012)
Toledo/Lucas County CareNet (2013)
Water for Ishmael (2014)
Black Swamp Conservancy (2015)
Diabetes Youth Services (2016)
Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism (2017)

Nonprofit Excellence – Large Organization
Hospice of Northwest Ohio (2011)
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (2012)
East Toledo Family Center (2013)
Cherry Street Mission Ministries (2014)
Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center (2015)
Catholic Club (2016)
Thomas M. Wernert Center (2017)
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