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November 08, 2012 06:32 ET

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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2012) - 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 Wednesday in Toronto.

Community and Primary Health Care - Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville of Brockville, Ontario won the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, the award for the highest-performing agency overall. Community and Primary Health Care - Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville also won the award in the Services for Seniors category, which came with a $5,000 prize.

The $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management went to Educational Program Innovations Charity Society of North Sydney, 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. Educational Program Innovations Charity Society also took home the award in the Services for Children category, which came with a $5,000 prize.

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

"These expertly managed non-profits have improved the communities they operate in, helping countless families and individuals nationwide. We're pleased to recognize their outstanding work," said Jason Clemens, Fraser Institute executive vice-president.

The Donner Awards are Canada's largest recognition program for non-profit social service agencies, established in 1998 to recognize and encourage best practices in non-profit management and increase public confidence and support for Canada's non-profit sector. The awards are administered by the Fraser Institute on behalf of the Donner Canadian Foundation.

This year, 554 non-profit social service agencies from across Canada applied for the awards. Participating organizations were ranked on their performance in 10 key areas, including management and governance, the use of staff and volunteers, innovation, program costs, and outcome monitoring.

"The Donner Awards recognize non-profit organizations that excel in service delivery despite their limited budgets and resources. Canadians can be sure that organizations considered for a Donner Award are responsibly managed and are doing their utmost to help their communities," Clemens 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.

2012 Donner Award recipients

The $20,000 William H. Donner Award:

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

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

Community and Primary Health Care exists to provide universally accessible and comprehensive primary health care and community support services in the promotion and building of a healthier community. Its eleven sites across Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville offer a wide range of community and health services for the region's diverse population.

The $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award:

Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management

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

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 seven $5,000 category awards:

Counselling / Crisis Intervention

  • Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre (Calgary, AB)

Education

  • Elephant Thoughts (Collingwood, ON)

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse

  • Servants Anonymous Society Surrey (Surrey, BC)

Provision of Basic Necessities

  • Alice Housing (Dartmouth, NS)

Services for Children

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

Services for People with Disabilities

  • Community Living Campbellford/Brighton (Campbellford, ON)

Services for Seniors

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

Visit www.donnerawards.org 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 www.donnerfoundation.org.

The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of 85 think-tanks. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org.

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