Falmouth, MA (May 2, 2018) The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is pleased to announce that Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools and Andrea “Andi” Genser of Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking (WE CAN) have been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools is being honored its success as a small nonprofit, and Genser is being honored for her success as a nonprofit leader. The Excellence Awards will be presented at MNN’s annual celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence presented by Citizens Bank, a statewide holiday that highlights the work of the nonprofit sector and raises awareness of causes throughout Massachusetts presented by Citizens Bank, at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, June 4.
“The Nonprofit Excellence Awards honor the important work being done by nonprofits in every subsector and region of Massachusetts,” said Jim Klocke, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “We are excited to celebrate the effectiveness and diversity of these impressive finalists and the dedication and impact of the 33,000 nonprofits and more than half a million nonprofit employees in Massachusetts.”
This year, MNN’s independent panel of nonprofit and business leaders reviewed over 150 Excellence Award nominations that highlighted the incredible work of nonprofits across the state. The finalists range from large education providers to small arts organizations. These 27 nonprofits and individuals are improving communities across the Commonwealth, representing every region of Massachusetts from the Berkshires to the Cape & Islands. The finalists will be recognized and winners announced at Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence event presented by Citizens Bank on Monday, June 4.
Andrea “Andi” Genser, WE CAN: WE CAN works to empower Cape women in transition or crisis through free programs and services such as mentoring, legal, financial and work support consultations and workshops. As executive director, Genser has run capital campaigns to expand the WE CAN workspace, established monthly and multi-year donation programs, and set up an endowment to ensure the organization’s long-term financial security. She has recruited volunteers across sectors to provide services and support to women, made WE CAN resources accessible to non-English speakers, and built relationships with other organizations to provide space, services, and expertise to clients. WE CAN’s capacity to serve had more than doubled since 2011; the organization served 3,000 women and fielded 17,000 calls and walk-ins in 2017.
“The strong relationships Andi has built with other Cape nonprofits have resulted in joint offerings, increased the organization’s reach across the Cape, and, importantly, avoided any duplication of services and enabled delivery of services the community sees as priorities,” said WE CAN Board President Pam Kukla.
Nonprofits across the state will also be engaging in a social media campaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram leading up to June 4 using hashtag #MAkingadifference to highlight their unique contributions to their communities.