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Posted By Charlotte Gill, Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Sold-Out Hats Off Nonprofit Awards Celebrate 113 Nominees and 9 Award Recipients

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, October 7, 2019

West Palm Beach, FL - The third annual “Hats Off Nonprofit Awards” hosted by Nonprofits First, Inc. honored 113 nominees representing 90 local nonprofit organizations and community partners from Palm Beach County at the Harriet Himmel Theatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Over 400 guests were in attendance at this unique hat-themed cocktail reception to support and take their “hats off” to the nominees.

 

A blue-ribbon panel of 45 community leaders from the public and private sectors determined the winners. Honorees in the nine categories were not announced until the awards program, contributing to the anticipation and excitement of this celebratory event that kicks off the event season in Palm Beach County.

 

Nine honorees were announced by Emcees Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby. Presenting the awards were Nonprofits First CEO, Jessica Cecere, and Board President, Deana Pizzo (I.T. Solutions of South Florida.)

 

A special honor was bestowed upon John Foley of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County in recognition of his work assisting the nonprofit sector and the community with legal expertise. Nonprofit of the Year was awarded to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (Small), CROS Ministries (Medium), and The Arc of Palm Beach County (Large). The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Tenna Wiles for her work with the Palm Beach Medical Society. Theresa Lepore was honored as the Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year for her work with YWCA of Palm Beach County. Nonprofit Professional of the Year went to Center for Child Counseling’s Lauren Scirrotto. Travis Suit from Piper’s Angels Foundation received the Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award. Nonprofit MVP went to Wilbert Jean-Baptiste of Digital Vibez. The Community Collaborators Award recognized Best Foot Forward Foundation, ChildNet, and AT&T for their partnership.

 

Four hundred attendees voted on the 2019 Nonprofit People’s Choice Award leading to another proud moment for Piper’s Angels Foundation. Valerie Staggs, a Nonprofit Executive of the Year nominee from Pandora’s Kids, won the Best Hat Award for her hand-made Pandora’s Box hat.

 

“The Hats Off Nonprofit Awards will have lasting impact and reward the nonprofit community for their dedication to service and the business of doing good. Nonprofits are an economic driver in Palm Beach County, providing over 30,000 jobs. It’s time we give them the recognition they deserve and Nonprofits First is proud to do it,” said CEO of Nonprofits First, Jessica Cecere.

 

Proceeds raised from this unique event benefit Nonprofits First Education Programs. These programs focus on the professional development, leadership, and training the nonprofit community volunteers and employees need to lead and succeed.

 

Since 2005, Nonprofits First, Inc. has been the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of success.

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Tags:  Charities  Hats Off Nonprofit Awards  Network  Nonprofit Philanthropy  Nonprofits First  Volunteer 

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Palm Beach County Nonprofits Involved In Bahamas Relief

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Friday, September 27, 2019
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Right after Hurricane Dorian’s powerful winds and torrential rain cut a devastating path through parts of the Bahamas, the nonprofit sector in Palm Beach County quickly sprang into action to help thousands of people whose lives were suddenly upended by the storm. Many nonprofit staff and volunteers worked through Labor Day weekend to gather food, water, belongings, clothing, medical supplies, diapers and other items, and then fly and ship them over to the hardest hit communities. Much of those relief efforts continue today – and so we want to spotlight the extraordinary nonprofits who stepped up over the past few weeks to help those in desperate need. Here are a few of their stories.

 

Within days of Dorian’s passage, the staff at our member organization, Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group, began gathering dozens of bags of toiletries and food destined for the Bahamas. Right away, Lake Worth West residents joined in to donate their own food to the relief effort. Those residents know all about starting over. Many of them are new immigrants who arrived in the community with barely anything and often relied on the generosity of others until they managed to find work and earn money. “Our residents wanted to give back and help out,” said Ronda Rogers, executive director of Lake Worth West. The donated bags quickly made their way to the most ravaged areas of the islands.

 

As soon as the first images of destruction surfaced from the Bahamas, another one of our members, Clinics Can Help, got busy. CEO Owen O’Neill knew there would be significant medical needs following the storm, and so his staff began preparing medical gloves, hygienic supplies, crutches, and other equipment. The center accepts used and unwrapped medical equipment and supplies, and gives them to children and adults who can’t afford them for their physical recovery. They have a warehouse filled with hundreds of donated medical items. O’Neill, a nurse, told WPTV that he wanted to help because he had been in emergency situations earlier in life when there wasn’t sufficient medical equipment and he wanted to do his part in preventing that from happening in the Bahamas.

 

Palm Beach County Medical Society also started collecting medical supplies from the public, encouraging people to drop off at their office everything from ace bandages and walkers to syringes/needles and nebulizers. Then, the organization’s physician leaders helped arrange for other doctors and healthcare professionals to volunteer for the Bahamas Celebration Humanitarian Cruise. The group spent several days treating injured patients and delivering medicine to the sick. Physicians saved many lives, including arranging a middle-of-the-night airlift to Jackson Memorial of a Bahamian hurricane victim who was initially heading to West Palm Beach.

 

Nonprofits aren’t the only organizations that got involved in helping the people of the Bahamas. Plenty of restaurants, stores, shops and other businesses raised money and collected items, too, and they should be commended as well. But it’s the nonprofits that are likely to continue on with the relief efforts in the long-run, especially once the collective attention moves onto something else. And, for that, we should all be thankful.

 

If you know a great story about a local nonprofit, please share it with Charlotte Gill, Nonprofits First’s director of development and business strategies. Her email is: cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org

Tags:  Charities  Collaborations  Emergency Aid  Leadership  Nonprofit  Volunteer 

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Research Article Published

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Nonprofits First Accreditation staff Todd L’Herrou and Adriene Tynes recently completed a study of the gender gap in nonprofit executive compensation in Palm Beach County. The study also compared organizations accredited by Nonprofits First with those who are not.
 
The study was published in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, one of the leading research journals in the field. The Nonprofits First team found that in Palm Beach County, female chief executives average 12% less compensation than male executives, after controlling for organizational size. The significant difference between genders was found in the non-accredited sample; the findings hint that any trend towards pay equity in the accredited organizations would be due to a pattern of the male chief executives in that group being paid less than their male counterparts in non-accredited organizations.
 
A full abstract and a link to the full article can be found at https://doi.org/10.1002/nml.21390 or by contacting Todd L’Herrou at Nonprofits First.
 
For more info about the latest research in nonprofit management topics, tune in to our next Research Insights webinar on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Register here.

Tags:  Accreditation  CEO  Charities  Human Resources  Research 

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​Hats Off Nonprofit Awards to Honor 113 Nominees on October 1st

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards to Honor 113 Nominees on October 1st

 

West Palm Beach – Nonprofits First, Inc. has announced 113 nominees, representing 90 local nonprofit organizations and community partners, who will be recognized at its third annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards ceremony.

 

The event, a spirited, hat-themed cocktail reception, will take place on Tuesday, October 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Harriett Himmel Theatre in West Palm Beach.  Well-known local TV personalities Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby, who host the Rise+Live morning talk show, will emcee the evening.  In keeping with supporting the nonprofit community, hors d’oeuvres will be catered by Joshua Catering from The Lord’s Place.

 

Awards will be given in nine categories, including awards for organizations and individuals. New this year is the Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring an individual who, over the years, has effected noteworthy change in Palm Beach County and is held in high esteem by the community. The winners in each category will be kept a secret until they are announced on stage during the ceremony.

 

A blue ribbon panel of 40 community leaders in the public and private sectors selected. Two live awards will also be announced at the event. Guests will be invited to vote on the People’s Choice Award, which will acknowledge the nominee receiving the most votes.  Also, judges will be scouting for creativity when selecting a winner of the Best Hat Award.

 

“This event sold out last year, so we encourage people to buy their tickets early,” said Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First, which is hosting the event. “We anticipate another exciting evening of cheerful celebration for those in the business of doing good.”

 

Funds raised from this unique event benefit Nonprofits First Education Programs. These programs focus on the professional development, leadership and training the nonprofit community volunteers and employees need to lead and succeed.

 

To view the nominees, visit https://www.nonprofitsfirst.org/page/HatsOffNominees. To purchase tickets, go online to www.HatsOffAwards.org or call Nonprofits First at 561-214-7435.

 

For more than 12 years, Nonprofits First, Inc. has been the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of success.

Tags:  Charities  Fundraising  Network  Nonprofit Philanthropy  Palm Beach County 

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