Sept. 27, 2013: The Toledo Community Foundation
and The Blade, in partnership with The Center for
Nonprofit Resources, collaborated in 2011 to create an award
to recognize local nonprofit organizations for their
contribution to the Toledo community.
The 2013 Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence Awards
breakfast and ceremony took place Friday, September 27, 2013, at
The Premier, 2280 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. This year, a panel
of judges selected the following three organizations to receive
recognition at this year’s ceremony. They are:
Innovation award: The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo;
Large agency Excellence award: East Toledo Family Center;
• Small agency Excellence award: Toledo/Lucas County CareNet.
These winning organizations receive a $5,000 unrestricted grant
from Toledo Community Foundation; a $1,000 unrestricted grant
from The Andersons; a full-page, full-color ad in The
Blade; and a one-of-a-kind glass creation by local glass artist
About the Winners
_In the summer of 2012, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
and The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, along with CGS
Imaging, Hanson, Inc., Toledo.com and others, launched the
You Are Here Toledo project (YAH), to motivate Toledoans to
explore their community. The project’s goal was to promote
positivity about the Toledo area and to enhance our sense of
This project, which was unique to Toledo, showcased the area’s
artistic talent while highlighting the uniqueness of our
community. The resulting “way-finding” system affixed 100
artist-designed, temporary, You Are Here "dots" at public
locations throughout the city. Users were encouraged to take
part in a scavenger hunt to find the dots via the mobile app,
which featured a map of the locations with information about the
project. Additionally, each dot featured a unique QR code that
could be scanned through the app.
As a result, users were treated to information about the artists
and the artwork, as well as the significance of the location
where the dot was placed. The YAH Toledo project represents a
collaboration of nonprofit, for-profit and governmental sectors
involving ten different entities. The nationally recognized
You Are Here Toledo Project was featured in the March 2013
International Design Awards Annual issue of HOW Magazine.
Established in 1901, the
East Toledo Family Center is one of the oldest community
centers in Northwest Ohio. The organization offers educational,
recreational, and social programs and services to enhance the
function and quality of life of those in need.
The organization provides a variety of
services to individuals of all ages, including: preschool,
childcare, youth athletics, youth enrichment, tutoring, teen
leadership club, alternative to school suspension programs,
financial coaching and education, home visitation, supervised
visitation, parent education, family events, and in-home and
site-based senior citizen programming.
• Toledo/Lucas County CareNet (CN)
is a virtually free clinic established in 2003 as a
public/private partnership. CN's partners are united by its
mission to increase access to coordinated healthcare services
for low income, uninsured residents of Lucas County who fall
through the cracks of existing healthcare coverage.
Through the collaborative efforts of
local hospitals, physicians, federally qualified health centers,
nonprofit organizations and local government, existing community
resources are coordinated into this award-winning system of
care. More than 220 volunteer specialists participate in
CareNet’s Voluntary Specialty Network where specialists agree to
see CareNet members at no charge for services from a
consultation to cancer treatment to major surgery.
CareNet has served more than 25,000
Lucas county residents and members have accessed more than
455,000 healthcare and transportation services that they might
otherwise have been forced to forego. With a focus on
prevention, the services provided from 2003 to 2012 are valued
conservatively at $147 million dollars based on Medicaid rates.
In addition to Toledo Community
Foundation, The Blade and The Center for Nonprofit Resources,
the 2013 Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence
Award ceremony was sponsored by Buckeye CableSystem and WTVG
13abc. The breakfast was sponsored by The Andersons and Brooks
Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable
organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the
quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In
existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 650 funds
with assets of approximately $181 million. The Foundation
provides philanthropic services for individuals, families,
businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving
needs. For more information about Toledo Community Foundation,
www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook.
For further information about The Center for Nonprofit
Resources, visit www.c4npr.org or contact Michelle Klinger,
director, at 419.241.9513 or email@example.com.