Coming Up Taller Awards
For: Art-based programs doing outstanding work with underserved youth; winners receive $10,000.
By: President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Winners Include: Saint Joseph Ballet, Santa Ana, Calif.; Hard Cover Community Television Network, Chicago; and Community Music School, Raleigh, N.C.
Contact: (202) 682-5409, www.arts.gov/news/news03/Taller2.html.
Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize
For: Outstanding published research that enhances understanding of philanthropy in the United States and abroad.
By: Independent Sector.
Winner: Benjamin Gidron, Stanley Katz and Yeheskel Hasenfeld for their book Mobilizing Peace: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and South Africa.
Contact: (202) 467-6100, www.independentsector.org.
Adoption Excellence Awards
For: Agencies that contribute to increasing the number of foster children placed in permanent homes.
By: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Winners Include: Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption Network, Harrisburg; Child Welfare League of America, Washington; Frances Lewis Johnese, manager of the California Department of Families and Children Services in San Jose; and Judge Stephen Rideout, Alexandria, Va.
Contact: (877) 696-6775, http://www.hhs.gov.
The Essence of Leadership Award
For: The outstanding leader of a national or local health and human services organization.
By: The National Assembly of Health and Human Services Organizations.
Winner: Philip Coltoff, CEO of The Children’s Aid Society, New York City.Contact: (202) 347-2080, www.nassembly.org.
National Medal of Arts
For: The nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.
By: National Endowment for the Arts.
Winners Include: Beverly Cleary, a children’s book author from Carmel, Calif.; Rafe Esquith, an arts educator from Los Angeles; and Suzanne Farrell, a dancer and instructor from Morristown, N.J.
Contact: (202) 682-5570, www.nea.gov.
Alliance for Children and Families Awards
For: Four awards: Barksdale Brown Volunteer Service (exemplary volunteer efforts that have a profound impact on children); the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award (outstanding contribution to the Alliance for Children and Families); Spirit of the Alliance Award (direct service staff member’s commitment anddedication); and the Robert Rice Innovative Program Award (an innovative Alliance program).
By: Alliance for Children and Families.
Winners: Former First Lady Barbara Bush; Robert Jones, CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services; Belle Wells Montree, program director at Child & Family Services in Buffalo, N.Y.; and Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones (HALO) of Omaha, Neb.
Contact: (414) 359-1040, www.alliance1.org.