Harlem Academy Named 2011 New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Awards Winner

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New York - Harlem Academy earned the gold medal at the 2011 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards last Thursday.

Jack Rosenthal, Vinny Dotoli, and Mark JohnstonThe school was the smallest and youngest organization to be named one of six finalists and is proud to stand alongside City Harvest and Sanctuary for Families who earned silver and bronze, respectively.  The announcement was made at a workshop and awards ceremony attended by 600 at The Times Center.
The award honors innovative, effective, and replicable best practices in nonprofit management. Harlem Academy was vetted through two rounds of written applications and a three-hour, on-site interview judged by a team of 12 nonprofit leaders and consultants.  In assessing Harlem Academy, the judges highlighted the four of the school’s practices:

  • Reflective, set-back inspired culture
  • Regular, mission-driven analysis
  • Transparent and accountable financial management
  • Effective communications

The executive director and board chair for each of the three winners appeared on stage for a 15-minute interview by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jack Rosenthal, followed by a question and answer session and the announcement of the winners.

More than 1,300 nonprofit organizations have participated in this competition since its inception in 2007. Harlem Academy is the first school ever to be recognized with the prestigious honor.

Read the New York Times Company release.

Read the example best practices.

Britta Blodgett – bblodgett@harlemacademy.org or 212.348.2600 x305

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