City and County Proclamations
We kicked off the inaugural Celebrate Nonprofits Week on Monday, June 22, 2020 with a press conference announcing Mayor of Erie Joseph Schember and Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper's proclamations recognizing the fourth week of June as Celebrate Nonprofits Week in the city and county, respectively.
The Nonprofit Excellence Awards
The first annual Celebrate Nonprofits Week also featured the first annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards!
The Nonprofit Excellence Awards program was designed to recognize and celebrate excellence in our nonprofit community with five awards: Nonprofit of the Year, CEO of the Year, Best Place to Work, Young Professional of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
2020 award winners were as follows:
Nonprofit of the Year: YMCA of Greater Erie
CEO of the Year: Michael Robb, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources
Best Place to Work: Erie Homes for Children and Adults
Young Professional of the Year: Cassie Dundon, Achievement Center
Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Batchelor, The Erie Community Foundation
Employees, volunteers, clients, and constituents voiced their support for their favorite organizations by submitting shout-outs. Shout-outs were featured on the Shout-Out Wall on the Celebrate Nonprofits Week website. Selected Shout-Outs were also featured on The Nonprofit Partnership's Facebook page.
Each shout-out submitted on behalf of an organization entered that organization into a drawing to win one of five $100 prizes provided by Printing Concepts, Inc.
Camp Notre Dame, Asbury Woods, the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, New Blossoms New Life Foundation, and Lakeshore Community Services were the winners of the shout-out prize drawing.
Celebrating Nonprofits' Impact
Nonprofits are all around us, and their economic impact is greater than you may think!
During Celebrate Nonprofits Week, we highlighted the huge economic impact of nonprofit organizations nationally, in the state of Pennsylvania, and in Erie and Crawford counties.
The Nonprofit Partnership's Executive Director also penned a blog post in support of Celebrate Nonprofits Week and nonprofits' critical role in the health and vitality of our communities—and our economy.
Resources & Programming for Nonprofits
At the center of Celebrate Nonprofits Week is the goal of equipping nonprofits with the tools, resources, and space needed to celebrate excellence within their organizations and adequately appreciate the staff and volunteers that work diligently to carry out their organizations' missions each and every day.
With this in mind, we created resource tool kits on employee health, well-being, and engagement to help nonprofits' leadership better understand how to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate their most precious asset--their people!
We also hosted live virtual programming on topics including resilience in the workplace and organizational culture.