AUSTIN -- The numerous nonprofit organizations who improve our community have their own source of support: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success. Greenlights accelerates other nonprofits' impact with in-depth resources, workshops, and professional development.
Tuesday night Greenlights honored those who make a difference with the Nonprofit Excellence Awards at the inaugural Party for Good. Selected by an independent panel, award winners received $2,000 cash grants.
Nonprofit of the Year Award
These awards recognize nonprofits that set a high standard for quality, and demonstrate effective strategy, execution and community impact.
Large category: Meals on Wheels and More
"Austin has more Meals on Wheels volunteers than any other city in the nation, providing 3,500 meals each day for homebound individuals in our community."
Medium category: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
"Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has demonstrated a pattern of continuous distinction and outstanding quality of service."
Small category: I Live Here, I Give Here
"In its first year, I Live Here, I Give Here's Amplify Austin program helped raise $2.8 million in one day for local nonprofits. I Live Here, I Give Here is committed to engaging the next generation of life-long givers."
Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award -- Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Austin Pets Alive!
As the Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive! since 2008, Dr. Jefferson has led the charge that earned Austin the title of the largest no-kill city in the United States, saving more than 6,000 animals in 2012 alone.
Community Leader of the Year Award: Elizabeth "Libby" Malone
This award honors an individual who has served our community through exemplary nonprofit board service and overall leadership. Malone is a founding Greenlights board member who has also worked with nonprofits such as the St. David's Foundation, A Legacy of Giving, Young Women's Alliance and Junior League of Austin.
The Party for Good also raised funds for Greenlights to ensure nonprofits of all sizes have access to solutions to advance their missions in Central Texas.