Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services Wins The Washington Post 2013 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

Social Service Organization Recognized for Board Engagement, Risk Management Practices

 WASHINGTON- May 23, 2013- The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post today announce Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is the 2013 recipient of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. In its 19th year of competition, The Post Award recognizes outstanding achievement in nonprofit management for a Washington-area nonprofit organization.

Good Shepherd Housing of Alexandria, Va., reduces homelessness among the working poor, elderly and disabled by renting apartments with supportive services, making grants to prevent evictions and providing counseling and financial education to all their clients.

 The Center’s award Selection Committee noted several outstanding management practices for Good Shepherd Housing, including:

Effective risk management in support of day-to-day operations

Strategic and ongoing use of collaboration to achieve client results

Regular review of staff composition to best support program outcomes

Development and implementation of communications toolkit with training for board and staff

Active engagement of board and staff throughout budget creation and approval

“The Washington Post congratulates Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services on receiving the 2013 award. Their innovation and excellence in management practices is not only a benefit to their constituents but also provides a great framework for other nonprofits in the area to learn from,” said Steve Hills, President and General Manager of The Washington Post. “This award is an important part of The Post’s commitment to serving and improving the local community through area nonprofits and we are proud to celebrate this year’s winner and honorable mentions.”

“We are delighted to present Good Shepherd Housing with this prestigious management award as we complete our 19th year of competition,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “Like each of our finalists, Good Shepherd Housing’s superior management capabilities and their ability to implement sound practices result in extensive community benefit. Today we highlight our winner and again raise the bar for excellence in nonprofit management.”

As the winner, Good Shepherd Housing received a $10,000 grant and a scholarship for one person to attend the Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program.

The remaining four finalists received honorable mention awards. The organizations include: Carpenter’s Shelter, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, PRS, Inc., and Young Playwrights’ Theater. Each was presented with a $2,500 grant award.

All 2013 Award applicants received feedback on their management practices from the Selection Committee.

The Washington Post Award Selection Committee judges applicant organizations in the areas of fiscal management, communication, organizational and resource development, planning, human resources, risk management, and use of technology.

This award is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, sponsored by The Washington Post, with additional support by the Rotary Club of Washington, DC and Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s Nonprofit Executive Certificate Program.

Recent winners of The Washington Post Award include: Community of Hope (2012), Horton’s Kids (2011), PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families (2010), Doorways for Women and Families (2009), Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (2008), Tahirih Justice Center (2007) and N Street Village (2006).

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