Awards for November 2008

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Nonprofit Partner of the Year Award

Karen Pittman (left) receives her award from CVWF President Donna Klein.

For: Nonprofit organizations successful in partnering with businesses with the goal of creating and implementing work force readiness programs.

By: Corporate Voices for Working Families (CVWF)

Winner: Washington-based Forum for Youth Investment, for its commitment to partnership and excellence in contributing to the Ready by 21 Challenge, a program that helps young people to be ready by the age of 21 for college, work and life.

Contact: (202) 333-8924,


Luis Ruiz

Líderes de Hoy National Essay Contest

For: Identifying, supporting and developing new leadership in the Latino community

Carlos Blanco

By: National Council of La Raza, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States working to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans, and Allstate Insurance Co.

Winners: College students Luis Ruiz of Bluffton, S.C.; Carlos Blanco of Webster, Texas; Karina Ruiz-Vargas of Lincoln, Neb.; and Thailandia Alafitta of Houston.

Contact: (202) 785-1670,


Angels in Adoption

For: Outstanding advocacy on behalf of children involved in child welfaresystems and the assistance provided to professionals serving these children.

By: Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

Winners Include: The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, Columbus, Ohio.

Contact: (614) 236-6500,


Veronica Nolan

Meyer Foundation Exponent Award

For: Recognizing visionary nonprofit leadership, aiming at celebrating leaders’ accomplishments, raising their visibility and increasing their leadership skills.

By: The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.

Mary Brown

Winners: Mary Brown, executive director and co-founder of Life Pieces to Masterpieces, a community activist whose arts program has had great success in nurturing and mentoring African-American boys and young men, many of whom are not in school, have grown up without fathers, and have families plagued by poverty and substance abuse; Veronica Nolan, executive director, Urban Alliance, a former Teach for America member who matches high school students in underserved areas in Washington, D.C. with paid internships with mentors, helping 96 percent to ultimately enroll in college. Other winners include: Julie Chapman, president, NP Power Greater D.C. Region; Steve Galen, president and CEO, Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Md.; and Anne Corbett, executive director, Washington, D.C.-based Cultural Development Corp.

Contact: Amy K. Harbison, (202) 552-7470,,


Nick Anderson and Ana Slavin

Global Action Awards

For: U.S. students who have taken outstanding actions to fight globalpoverty.

By: Mercy Corps.

Winners: Ana Slavin, 18, Sherborn, Mass., and Nick Anderson, 19, of Conway, Mass., for the Dollars for Darfur virtual campaign, which raised $300,000 and involved more than 7,000 high school students in helping the people in Darfur; Sindhu Ravishankar, 19, of Cary, N.C., for the Vivid Vision project, which funded eye-care camps in two rural Indian villages; Katie Simon, 16, of Newton, Mass., for building the Minga rehabilitation center in the Philippines for recovering child prostitutes.

Contact: (888) 256-1900,

Katie Simon (front row, second from right).

Sindhu Ravishankar