The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post today announce Community of Hope is the 2012 recipient of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. In its 18th year of competition, The Post Award recognizes outstanding achievement in nonprofit management for a Washington-area nonprofit organization.

Community of Hope is a nonprofit social service organization that improves the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing health care, housing with supportive services, educational opportunities and spiritual support.

The Center’s award Selection Committee noted several outstanding management practices for Community of Hope, including:

-Strong human resources practices including 360-reviews and supervisor training

-Effective integration of advocacy with program mission

-A continuum of professional development opportunities for staff including retreats, training and shared responsibilities among staff and executive director

-Integration of communications materials across platforms, including development of a social media policy

-Focus on mission and growth through merger

“The Washington Post congratulates Community of Hope on receiving the 2012 award. Their work in human resources and their strong emphasis on professional development is innovative and we are pleased that they were able to share their insights during the Best Practices Workshop,” said Steve Hills, President and General Manager of The Washington Post. “This award is a core part of The Post’s commitment to area nonprofits and we are pleased it continues to highlight such exemplary work.”

“Community of Hope's seamless and comprehensive approach to practices including professional development, human resources and advocacy provide much for all nonprofits to adapt and replicate,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “We applaud their success and appreciate their partnership with the Center to inspire all nonprofits.”

As the winner, Community of Hope 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: Bread for the City, Byte Back, Imagination Stage and Young Playwrights’ Theater. Each was presented with a $2,500 grant award.

All 2012 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 Center for Nonprofit Advancement's Benefits Trust and Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s Nonprofit Executive Certificate Program.

Recent winners of The Washington Post Award include: 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), N Street Village (2006) and Higher Achievement Program (2005).

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