On Thursday, September 20th, Greenlights for Nonprofit Success and OneStar Foundation presented the Texas Nonprofit Awards as part of the Texas Nonprofit Summit, the premier nonprofit management conference for the State of Texas. Hundreds of nonprofit professionals, board members, funders, government representatives and other community leaders attended the awards ceremony, which celebrated individuals and nonprofit organizations driving social change in Texas.
The program was emceed by Texas Senator, Kirk Watson, and entertainment was provided by Conspirare Youth Choir, an Austin-based nonprofit organization that engages audiences in extraordinary musical experiences through world-class choral performances and recordings.
Greenlights’ Nonprofit Excellence Awards (NPEA) recognized the outstanding achievements of Central Texas nonprofits in the categories of Collaboration, Impact, Innovation & Learning, Board Excellence and Nonprofit Leader of the Year. Award recipients also received a $1,000 grant thanks to the generosity of award sponsors.
- Collaboration – Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (Austin)
- Impact – Workers Defense Project (Austin)
- Innovation & Learning – Camp Fire Balcones (Austin)
- Board Excellence – STRONG START (Austin)
- Nonprofit Leader of the Year – Gerald L. Davis, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (Austin)
OneStar Foundation’s Governor’s Volunteer Awards (GVA) honored some of Texas’ most dedicated community volunteers who give their time and talents to improve lives and strengthen our communities. Individuals, organizations and corporations who embody the Texas tradition of community service were recognized in the categories of Governor’s Lonestar Achievement, First Lady’s Rising Star, Community Leadership, Social Innovator, Americorps*State and National “Getting Things Done,” Senior Corps Community Impact and VISTA Capacity Building.
- Governor’s Lonestar Achievement – Harvey E. Najim, Founder and CEO of Sirius Computer Solutions (San Antonio)
- First Lady’s Rising Star – Nya Watson, SafeHaven of Tarrant County (Fort Worth)
- Community Leadership – Healthy Communities of Brownsville, Inc.
- Social Innovator – Gordon V. Hartman (San Antonio)
- AmeriCorps*State and National “Getting Things Done” – Kristen Aaltonen, 4-H CAPITAL (Austin)
- Senior Corps Community Impact – Emily Thomas, Community Computer Ministry (Richards)
- VISTA Capacity Building – Jenelle Thomson (Houston)