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December 09, 2013 07:15 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--(Marketwired - Dec. 9, 2013) - 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 Friday in Toronto.

Educational Program Innovations Charity Society (North Sydney, Nova Scotia) won the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, which goes to the highest-performing agency overall. The North Sydney non-profit also won the Services for Children award, which includes a $5,000 prize.

The $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management went to Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. (Vancouver, British Columbia). 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. The Vancouver non-profit also took home the award in the Counselling Services/Crisis Intervention category, which includes a $5,000 prize.

Five other organizations shared the remaining $25,000 in awards in various categories, listed below. For additional information, visit 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, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute.

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, 477 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, 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.

Visit www.donnerawards.org for more information about all the winners.

2013 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

  • Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. (Vancouver, British Columbia)

The Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. is committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis. It's provided emotional support to youth, adults and seniors in distress since 1969, with hundreds of volunteers and a small staff, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The seven $5,000 category awards:

Counselling Services/Crisis Intervention

  • Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre Of B.C. (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Education

  • Elephant Thoughts (Collingwood, Ontario)

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse

  • Fresh Start Recovery Centre (Calgary, Alberta)

Provision of Basic Necessities

  • Alice Housing (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Services for Children

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

Services for People with Disabilities

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Calgary and area chapter (Calgary, Alberta)

Services for Seniors

  • Les Aînés De Jonquière (Jonquière, Quebec)

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