Food Bank For New York City Selected as Semifinalist for The 2017 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Award

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New York, NY, July 24, 2017 — Food Bank For New York City proudly announces its selection as a semifinalist for the prestigious 2017 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. As one of only ten organizations advancing to the next round of the highly competitive selection process, Food Bank is being recognized for its leadership in setting a standard of excellence in nonprofit management and impact.

“At a time when the most vulnerable people, communities and charities are in such great need of replicable solutions, Food Bank For New York City is honored to be selected as a semi-finalist for New York Community Trust’s 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Awards,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “Every day, we work to mix strategy with compassion in hopes of encouraging positive impact and opportunity for the 1.5 million New Yorkers we serve. We are grateful to the selection committee for recognizing our efforts and results, and congratulate the distinguished group of charities with whom we’re humbled to share this honor.”

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards recognize outstanding management practices in the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee (NPCC)’s Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence, which are: results and impact, governance, financial management, diversity, equity and inclusion, human resources, information technology, communications, and fundraising.

“The need for – and value of – excellently managed nonprofits has never been greater than in this current unpredictable political climate,” said Sharon Stapel, President of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC). “NPCC is thrilled to recognize these nonprofits, and share their best practice with the sector, because we know strong nonprofits with great impact will most benefit our communities.”

“When a nonprofit group is well run, it makes more of a difference. We support this awards program because building stronger nonprofits is a sound investment,” said Lorie Slutsky, President of the New York Community Trust, one of the region’s leading funder of nonprofits.

An expert 30-member selection committee chose the 10 semifinalists from a pool of 45 qualified applicants following a readiness assessment, application, and vetting process that identifies excellent and replicable management practices.

The 10 semifinalists will compete for six finalist spots, which will be announced in October, 2017. Three semifinalists will win a total of $60,000 and scholarships to Columbia Business School leadership program which will be presented in December.

The other semifinalists are: Brooklyn Community Services, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Inc., Day One, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc., Girl Be Heard, Mental Health Association of Westchester, Stoked Mentoring, Inc., The Children’s Aid Society, and The Hope Program.



About Food Bank For New York City:

Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 62.5 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget. To learn more about how you can help, please visit Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter  (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (FoodBank4NYC).

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