June 21, 2018
Massachusetts Nonprofits, Leaders Cited for Their Work

June 5, 2017 — The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state's nonprofit trade association, today recognized four nonprofit organizations and two nonprofit leaders for engaging in the hard work that benefits residents across the state.

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) announced this year's Nonprofit Excellence Awards at the tenth annual Nonprofit Awareness Day ceremonies held at the State House.

Addressing a standing-room-only crowd, Senate President Stan Rosenberg noted the substantial impact that nonprofits, which employ approximately one out of every seven workers statewide, have on the Massachusetts economy.

Receiving the honors were the following:
  • Advocacy – WATCH CDC, Waltham

  • Collaboration – Falmouth Service Center, Falmouth

  • Innovation – Daily Table, Dorchester

  • Small Nonprofit – Berkshire Baby Box, South Egremont

  • Leadership – Giles Li, executive director, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), Boston

    Li, who joined BCNC in 2006, has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He has served as adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies program at UMass-Boston, and on several boards and committees, including the Task Force for Financial Literacy at the Office of the state treasurer, the Advisory Board for the Boston mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, and the Associated Grant Makers board of directors.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah in political science, middle east studies, and international studies and his Master of Divinity degree from the Eden Theological Seminary.

  • Young Nonprofit Professional – Allie Hunter McDade, executive director, The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI), Newton

    McDade joined PAARI last year, one year after the nonprofit was established, bringing more re than 10 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and resource development, including have served as deputy director of the Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy, and in other positions at ZUMIX, and Bikes Not Bombs.

    She earned a bachelor's degree in politics and international relations from Ursinus College, a master’s degree in international development from Ohio University, and a certificate from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.
Award winners were nominated by peers and community members and selected by an independent panel of nonprofit and business leaders. This year, MNN received 125 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations.

MNN created a #nonprofitsmakesense social media campaign in connection with Nonprofit Awareness Day, supported by nonprofits and businesses statewide, to demonstrate the impact of nonprofits in Massachusetts.

In 2008 Massachusetts became the first state in the country to create an annual Nonprofit Awareness Day.

MNN's current membership includes nearly 700 nonprofit organizations, although there are approximately 34,000 nonprofits in Massachusetts. However, the larger number includes professional and trade associations, condo associations, credit unions, yacht and country clubs, real estate trusts, teachers retirement funds, cemeteries, and other entities that are not philanthropic in nature.

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