By Ret Boney
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three North Carolina nonprofit groups received the Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Awards at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofit’s statewide conference in Charlotte Oct. 6.
Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, the Life Enrichment Center of Shelby and Kings Mountain, and the N.C. Coastal Federation of Newport, were this year’s award winners.
In addition to the recognition, honorees also received $500 each for board and staff development and an original artwork created by Durham artist Galia Goodman, says Jane Kendall, president of the center.
The N.C. Center for Nonprofits is a Raleigh-based network of about 1,600 nonprofit groups that works to serve, represent and strengthen the state’s nonprofit sector.
Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, which provides end-of-life care for terminally-ill people and their families, received the award “for its commitment to serving all groups in the community, for educating all groups and for assessing its results,” Kendall says.
The Life Enrichment Center provides support for families of disabled, frail or elderly people who want to live in their own homes, and received the award for “an unfailing focus on results toward its mission and for its resourceful communication with the entire community,” Kendall says.
The N.C. Coastal Federation, which works to protect and preserve the state’s beaches and coastal rivers, creeks and sounds, received the award for “its effective advocacy, its collaboration with other nonprofits and for doing real planning,” says Kendall.
The center established the awards in 1995 to honor nonprofits that represent exemplary stewardship of their resources and of the public trust given awarded them as tax-exempt organizations.
“We want to speak out for what we stand for,” Kendall says, “and we stand for a lot of things — for asking what we all must do in North Carolina to make sure no one is left behind in our state like they were in New Orleans, for addressing the root causes of problems and not just the symptoms, and for long-term systemic solutions through public policy.”