Three nonprofits win stewardship awards

PJ staff report

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Nonprofits from the western, central and eastern parts of North Carolina have been tapped to receive a statewide award recognizing them for excellent stewardship.

The Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Awards were presented at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits’ 2010 statewide conference and public-policy forum, which drew more than 800 people to Research Triangle Park on Sept. 29 and 30.

The awards, which recognize nonprofits for excellence in ethics, accountability and stewardship of the public’s resources, are presented each year to three North Carolina organizations.

This year, the North Carolina Farmworkers Project in Benson was honored for its dedication to improving the working conditions and quality of life for farm workers.

“We are honoring the N.C. Farmworkers Project because it is truly led by, and accountable to the people it serves,” Jane Kendall, president of the Center for Nonprofits, says in a statement. “And we are focusing attention on its role as a bridge to help government and other nonprofits serve farm workers better.”

The Rutherford Housing Partnership received the award in recognition of the prudent expansion of its services to meet growing needs.

The organization, based in Rutherfordton, provides urgent home repairs for low-income families, has increased its donor base to almost 200 from 13 over the past five years, and has received support from individuals, businesses and churches.

“We selected Rutherford Housing Partnership for carefully building a strong organization that is able to expand on solid ground to meet the burgeoning need for urgent home repairs that affect residents’ health and safety,” says Kendall.

And the Scrap Exchange in Durham, a nonprofit that distributes reusable materials throughout the community to be used for crafts, received the award in recognition of its innovative efforts to secure funding, which include a retail store and arts programs that together generate 90 percent of the organization’s income.

“It is a model for how nonprofits can build the local economy, increase community participation to address tough issues and be successful social entrepreneurs,” says Kendall.

Each of the three nonprofits honored received $500 to be used for professional development, as well as a sculpture crafted by Durham artist Galia Goodman.

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