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November 05, 2010 06:31 ET

The Fraser Institute: Seven Non-Profit Agencies Earn Donner Awards and Share of $60,000 Prize Money for Excellence in Delivering Social Services

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2010) - Seven non-profit social service agencies from across Canada were recognized as the best-run in the country and shared $60,000 in prize money at the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services Thursday in Toronto.

Educational Program Innovations Charity Society located in North Sydney, Nova Scotia took home the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, the award for the highest-performing agency overall. The organization also won the award for excellence in the delivery of services for children along with a $5,000 prize.

The $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management was presented to Alice Housing of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Every year, this award is given to a non-profit organization with a consistent record of excellence and innovation in the management and delivery of services. Alice Housing was also named the winner in the provision of basic necessities category, claiming another $5,000 prize.

Five other organizations shared the remaining $25,000 in awards across various categories, listed below. Additional information is available at

"These winning organizations constantly demonstrate the highest level of efficiency and responsibility in every facet of their work, and for that they should be commended, both locally and nationwide," said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute director of non-profit studies.

The annual Donner Awards, sponsored by the Donner Canadian Foundation and administered by the Fraser Institute, recognize and reward excellence in program provision by non-profit organizations across the country. Canada's largest recognition program for non-profit social service agencies, the Donner Awards are unique in providing participating non-profits with valuable performance information that ranks them relative to similar agencies in their field.

In 2010, 514 non-profit organizations from across Canada submitted 544 applications for the awards. The winners were selected based on a ranking of their performance in 10 key areas, including management and governance, the use of staff and volunteers, innovation, program cost, and outcome monitoring. A complete list of all award winners is provided below.

"Non-profit social service agencies make indispensable contributions to the health and wellbeing of Canadians from all walks of life. The Donner Awards strive to not only celebrate and reward the accomplishments of outstanding organizations, but also encourage greater accountability in the non-profit sector," Veldhuis said.

The Donner Awards evaluation protocol was established with input from the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (now Imagine Canada), the Canadian Cancer Society (B.C. & Yukon Division), the Trillium Foundation, and Family Services Canada. These awards represent an important step in the development of an objective, quantifiable measure of performance for non-profit organizations.

2010 Donner Award recipients

The $20,000 William H. Donner Award:

William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services

• Educational Program Innovations Charity Society (North Sydney, Nova Scotia)

Educational Program Innovations Charity Society is dedicated to helping self-motivated youth who lack the resources or support system to enhance their education. Founded in 1996, this organization offers after-school programs for students as well as an ongoing parenting workshop that provides parents with practical tools and a safe place for discussion.

The $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award:

Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management

• Alice Housing (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Alice Housing provides 19 second-stage affordable housing units and supportive programs for women, with or without children, who have experienced family violence. Founded in 1983, Alice Housing has helped more than 900 families leave the devastation of domestic abuse and supported them in their quest for family stability and safety.

The seven $5,000 category awards:

Counselling Services / Crisis Intervention

• Sarnia Lambton Rebound: A Program for Youth (Sarnia, ON)


• Saskatchewan 4-H Council (Saskatoon, SK)

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse

• Fresh Start Recovery Centre (Calgary, AB)

Provision of Basic Necessities

• Alice Housing (Dartmouth, NS)

Services for Children

• Educational Program Innovations Charity Society (North Sydney, NS)

Services for People with Disabilities

• Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - Calgary and Area Chapter (Calgary, AB)

Services for Seniors

• Community and Primary Health Care - Lanark, Leeds and Grenville (Brockville, ON)

Visit for more information about all the winners.

The Donner Canadian Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that emphasize self-reliance, individual initiative, and independence. For more information, visit

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