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BoardSource Announces Winners of the Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards

Thursday, September 20, 2012

BoardSource Announces Winners of the Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards10:15 EDT Thursday, September 20, 2012 WASHINGTON (Business Wire) -- BoardSource and The Prudential Foundation are proud to announce the winners of the Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards: Grand Prize Winner: San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory, San Diego, CA Second Place Winner: Clarifi, Philadelphia, PA Third Place Winner: OPAL Community Land Trust, Eastsound, WA Honorable Mentions: Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; United Through Reading, San Diego, CA The winning organizations will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 with the Grand Prize Winner receiving a grant of $25,000. Each grant is generously provided by The Prudential Foundation. “BoardSource wishes to congratulate the San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory and all the winners on their achievements,” said Linda Crompton, BoardSource president and chief executive officer. “Each finalist organization demonstrates how boards that balance sound structure, effective practices and strong interpersonal dynamics can create sustainable change in their communities.” For the final round of competition, two representatives from each of the finalist organizations participated in an on-site question-and-answer session at the BoardSource Leadership Forum. The judges for the competition were René Deida, senior program director, Integrated Strategies, at The Prudential Foundation; Dr. Laura Zumdahl, vice president of nonprofit services at Donors Forum; and Dr. David Renz, Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership/ Director at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City. “Effective nonprofit organizational governance is comprised of strong leadership, effective partnerships, solid financial management and forward thinking planning,” said Shané Harris, vice president of The Prudential Foundation. “These winning organizations exemplified all of these characteristics, and we applaud them for their efforts.” This competition, proudly supported by The Prudential Foundation, was launched in April of this year to recognize boards that exemplify exceptional governance and demonstrate their ability to drive positive change in the areas of structure, fundraising, or governance. The video applications submitted by the winning organizations as well as several other candidates can be viewed at www.boardsource.org. About BoardSource BoardSource supports, trains, and educates more than 60,000 nonprofit board leaders from across the country each year. With more than 20 years of experience, BoardSource provides leaders with an extensive range of tools and resources, including webinars, in-person training sessions, customized diagnostics, and original publications, to increase their effectiveness and magnify the impact of their mission. BoardSource is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.boardsource.org. About The Prudential Foundation The Prudential Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, a subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. The Prudential Foundation focuses its grant making strategy in the areas of education, economic development and arts and civic infrastructure; and it supports community engagement efforts of Prudential employees through Matching Gifts and other programs that recognize their volunteer work. Rita Santelli, 202-349-2541rita.santelli@boardsource.orgorValerie Tutak, 973-802-2517valerie.tutak@prudential.com