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House Speaker DeLeo, Secretary Acosta Join 250+ Local Leaders to Celebrate Nonprofit Awareness Day
Presented by Citizens Bank, the event celebrated the impact of Massachusetts nonprofits

BOSTON (June 5, 2018)- Yesterday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta joined hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders at the State House to celebrate Nonprofit Awareness Day, a statewide holiday honoring the contributions of nonprofits in Massachusetts. The celebration was hosted by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) and presented by Citizens Bank.

"The 33,000+ nonprofits in Massachusetts that employ a sixth of our state's workforce are essential to the health and vitality of our Commonwealth," said Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN. "Yesterday we recognized 27 nonprofits and leaders that typify the excellence of our sector. We are grateful for Citizen Bank's generous and continued support of our Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration."

“Yesterday we celebrated the 33,000 nonprofit organizations that are the cornerstone of our communities,”  said Jerry Sargent, President of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “At Citizens Bank, we are honored to partner with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and celebrate the remarkable work of over half a million employees providing valuable resources for our fellow citizens day in and day out.”

During Nonprofit Awareness Day, Nonprofit Excellence Awards are presented to four organizations and two professionals that exemplify the innovative and effective work of nonprofits across Massachusetts. The winners are nominated by peers and community members and selected by an independent panel of nonprofit and business leaders. This year, MNN received over 150 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations.

The Nonprofit Excellence Award winners this year are:

  • Excellence in Advocacy - Language Opportunity Coalition
  • Excellence in Collaboration - Cardinal Cushing Centers
  • Excellence in Innovation - College Bound Dorchester
  • Excellence in Leadership - Andrea Genser, Executive Director, Women's Empowerment through Cape Area Networking (WE CAN)
  • Excellence by a Small Nonprofit - Berkshire Immigrant Center
  • Excellence by a Young Professional - Sandra Lee, Director of Youth Education, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

In the month leading up to Nonprofit Awareness Day, MNN's #MAkingadifference social media campaign engaged hundreds of nonprofit and business leaders, who took to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to communicate the positive impact of nonprofits across the state. Using the hashtag #MAkingadifference, participating organizations shared pictures, stories, and statistics that illustrated the depth and breadth of the state's nonprofit sector.

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