Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires is pleased to announce the first Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast taking place on Tuesday, May 22 from 8am-10am at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

This award recognizes those individuals who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community. Liana Toscanini, founder of the Nonprofit Center, believes many who work in the nonprofit sector go unrecognized for their accomplishments and commitment to their organizations and the community. “This event is long overdue,” said Toscanini, “especially in our county where nonprofits are a huge economic driver and contribute so much to the quality of our lives.”

Nominations are being solicited from across the Berkshires in seven categories. Click on the link to access the nomination form for each category: Executive Leadership, Board Member, Super Staffer, Unsung Hero, Volunteer, Rising Star, and Lifetime Achievement. If your browser does not allow you to fill out the form, please save it and open it in Acrobat Reader. Finalists and winners will be selected by a committee of business leaders. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.

The NPC is currently seeking sponsors for this celebratory event. Learn more about sponsorship here. The Berkshire Eagle, in partnership with the NPC, will be publishing a 16-page tabloid featuring nominee profiles to be inserted into 35,000 copies of the newspaper on the Sunday before the event.

We are grateful to the following sponsors for making this event possible:

Gold Sponsor
The Berkshire Eagle

Silver Sponsors
Berkshire Bank

Bronze Sponsors
Adelson & Co
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Lee Bank

Eligibility Criteria

Nominee must work or volunteer for a registered Berkshire County 501(c)(3).

Nominees must show evidence of the strength of their work across a broad range of criteria including: strategic thinking, thoughtful execution, support of the culture, growth and strength of the organization, supportive of the population the nonprofit serves, commitment to the community, embodies the mission and vision of the organization. Nominations should provide evidence of significant achievements at his/her organization.

Nominees Are Accepted in Seven Categories

A person can only be nominated in one category.

  1. Executive Leadership Award
    This award honors a nonprofit staff leader (CEO, Executive Director or member of the Executive Team) whose strategic vision, passion, innovation, perseverance, and integrity has led to a strong record of extraordinary organizational results.
  2. Board Leadership Award
    Given to a current or former member of the nonprofit’s board of directors who demonstrates commitment to prudent use of all assets, provides oversight for activities that advance effectiveness and sustainability, ensures compliance with applicable laws and ethical practices, and who serves on committees or task forces and offers to take on special assignments.
  3. Super Staffer Award
    This award is given to nonprofit staff member whose work has had significant impact on an organization. Recognized by peers for exhibiting a can-do attitude, demonstrating a high level of commitment and responsibility, and going above and beyond the job description.
  4. Rising Star Award
    The Rising Star award honors a relative newcomer to the Berkshire Nonprofit sector who has demonstrated the potential of making a significant impact on the community. This individual may be young, new to the Berkshire nonprofit sector, or part of a new nonprofit launched in the last 5 years. This individual has demonstrated remarkable talents at an early stage in their tenure, achieving outstanding accomplishments and significant impact.
  5. Volunteer Award
    Awarded to an individual who has a record of activities that have made a long-lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of people or communities. This award honors the volunteer who has shown outstanding dedication to a nonprofit or multiple nonprofit organizations whose programs serve the Berkshire County community. Active volunteerism can be ongoing or linked to a single project or cause.
  6. Unsung Hero Award
    This award honors the contribution of a nonprofit staff or volunteer member in any area of an organization whose good work has not been publicly recognized in the Berkshire community.
  7. Lifetime Achievement Award
    This award honors an individual who has dedicated his or her life to being a leader and role model. His or her influence has made an enduring and profound difference in his/her community and the lives of those around him/her. Recipients of this award strive toward the highest level of personal and professional accomplishment, excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for others to follow.