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2018 Nonprofit Excellence Award Winners

By on October 3, 2018 in Members, News

The West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) held their Fourth Annual West Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Summit in partnership with Volunteer West Virginia on September 25 – 26 in Davis at the Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center. Over 210 people attended the conference. Beth Kanter, a well-established international nonprofit thought leader, writer of Beth’s Blog, one of the longest running and well-known nonprofit blogs, and author of three books including The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout, gave the opening keynote address. The closing address was given by Rebekah Mathis-Stump, Chief Operating Officer at Ethos Leadership Group, LLC in Parkersburg. Attendees of the Summit dined and networked at local restaurants and attended group sessions and workshops on serving nonprofits and strengthening West Virginia.

For the third year in a row, the WVNPA presented the West Virginia Nonprofit Excellence Awards during the Summit. Sponsored by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, these awards were created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of West Virginia nonprofit organizations and increase awareness of the impact of the nonprofit sector in communities throughout the state. Awards were given in three categories: small organizations, medium-sized organizations, and large organizations, according to budget size. 21 West Virginia nonprofit organizations submitted applications to be considered for the awards.

The winning organization in the small budget category was Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers based in Shepherdstown. Good Shepherd promotes independence to seniors and those of all ages living with disabilities through volunteers. Their services include transportation to appointments, equipment lending, home repairs and handicap renovations, and will calls and visits. They also provide dementia education and support services for family members caring for a loved one with dementia related disease.

The medium-sized organization award went to Child Protect of Mercer County, Inc. located in Princeton.  As Mercer County’s nonprofit Child Advocacy Center, Child Protect provides an array of services to child victims of abuse, neglect, violence, and crime. These services include forensic interviewing, trauma-focused therapy, forensic medical examinations, advocacy and support, case tracking, case coordination, and more. Child Protect also runs the Mercer County Starting Points Family Resource Center which provides parent and child support groups, basic needs assistance, and resource and referral services. Additionally, the organization provides an array of child abuse training and prevention. Executive Director Shiloh Woodard said the organization was honored to receive this award. “Child Protect has diligently worked to help children and families in our community since 2001,” she said. “We could not have achieved our current level of service provision without the strong support of our many community donors, supporters, and partners.”

Legal Aid of West Virginia brought home the award in the large organization category. “Legal Aid works to positively change lives by seeking justice for the most vulnerable West Virginians,” said Adrienne Worthy, Executive Director of Legal Aid. We try to incorporate high standards and best practices in how we approach our work and we are pleased to have those efforts highlighted with this award.” Legal Aid’s fundamental mission is to seek fairness and equal access to justice through legal services, advocacy, and system change. Legal Aid believes that what makes the law more than just words on a page is the ability of the law to confer rights and protections equally upon all people. Legal Aid staff not only assist individual clients but support the principles of equity and fairness at the very heart of the justice system

WVNPA Executive Director Laura Lee Haddad was impressed with the field of applicants for this year’s awards. “Everyone on the selection committee was excited about the caliber of applications we received this year,” Haddad remarked. “It’s just a small example of the great work that nonprofits do in this state.” Winners were announced during the opening session of the Summit, and representatives from each organization were given beautiful glass awards created by West Virginia artisan Todd Turner of Appalachian Glass in Weston.

With a growing membership of more than 315 nonprofit organizations, the WVNPA was founded in 2012 in order to serve nonprofits in the Mountain State. Membership in the WVNPA is open to all 501(c)3 West Virginia nonprofit organizations. The WVNPA is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits and serves as a clearinghouse for a wide range of benefits, services, best practices, and planning that strengthen the nonprofit organizations that make up a valuable part of West Virginia’s economic and community fabric.

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