NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The Nonprofit Excellence Awards recognize exemplary achievements of local nonprofits. Award winners are celebrated at Party for Good and nonprofit honorees receive a $2,000 cash award.
2015 Award Winners
On November 17 at Party for Good, it was our great honor to announce the winners of the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Check out the great work they’re doing to address our community’s most complex challenges.
- Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award Winner, Karen LaShelle of Creative Action
- Excellence in Impact, Foundation Communities
- Excellence in Innovation, Sustainable Food Center
- Excellence in Collaboration, Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin
- Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year, Jeff and Deanna Serra
Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year
It is our great honor to recognize Jeff and Deanna Serra with the 2015 Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year award. Longtime Austin philanthropists, the Serras are recognized for their transformational support around the complex issue of homelessness. Since 2013, Jeff and Deanna have served as co-chairs of the capital campaign for the Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First! Village, leading the charge to break the cycle of chronic homelessness in Austin. Through years of personal service and support from their family foundation, The ABE Charitable Foundation, Inc., they have generously given of themselves in ways that inspire others to do the same.
In 2011, Jeff and Deanna were jointly named Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the Greater Austin Association of Fundraising Professionals. Also notable is their board service to a variety of local organizations, including Jeff’s work with Austin Habitat for Humanity and Deanna’s work with ZACH Theatre and as the co-director of Art House, a program of Mobile Loaves & Fishes that supports struggling, homeless artists by providing a place to create and sell their work, and by fostering creative expression through emotional and community support for the chance at a better life.
Nonprofit Executive of the Year
This award is presented to a current nonprofit staff leader (CEO, Executive Director or equivalent) whose distinguished achievements have resulted in significant progress toward resolving a critical community issue. Recognized by peers as a leader in the sector, he/she demonstrates excellence in leadership and management, and inspires others to achieve meaningful, measurable and sustainable results.
Excellence in Impact
This award is presented to a high-performing nonprofit whose programs and services set a high standard of quality in creating meaningful social change. This organization clearly defines its vision, aligns its mission and priorities with its end goals, has a relentless focus on results and can demonstrate evidence-based, measurable outcomes.
Excellence in Innovation
This award is presented to a nonprofit that takes a novel or ground-breaking approach to better meet its mission. This pioneering organization demonstrates entrepreneurial thinking combined with calculated risks to disrupt traditional modes of operation and create powerful social change.
Excellence in Collaboration
This award is presented to two or more mission-driven groups (i.e. a nonprofit, government agency, for-profit entity, funder, etc.), whose collective work is creating system-wide change. By leveraging combined resources, these strategic partnerships achieve greater results than one organization could achieve on its own.