YorKitchen named as finalist in the Annual Nonprofit Innovation Awards

The annual Nonprofit Innovation Awards honor local 501(c)(3) organizations and their executives that demonstrate innovation in their daily operations.

36 finalists will be recognized at an awards breakfast on Tuesday February 21, 2012 at the Hilton Harrisburg.

During the awards event, the winner of each category will be revealed. The Executive Leadership winner's organization will receive $1,000 and the other winners will each receive $2,000 to continue their mission. The money is provided as a grant through a partnership with the Lancaster County Community Foundation, York County Community Foundation and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Organizations of all sizes that are located in and serve the Central Pennsylvania region were eligible to participate.

To be eligible for participation, the following criteria must be met:
- Organization is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. (A church- or school-related organization may apply using the host organization's exemption.)
- Organization is based in and serves primarily the following counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, York.
(Statewide nonprofits are not eligible.)
(Local chapters of larger nonprofits may enter.)
- Innovation was implemented no earlier than January 2009.
- For the executive category, the individual must be the President/CEO/Executive Director/Chairperson for the organization since January 2008 or earlier.treet.

Below are the 2012 Nonprofit Innovation Awards finalists in their respective categories:

Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign
These nonprofits have used a new marketing concept to attract financial support, volunteers and/or clients.
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
CURE International
Dauphin County Library System
Humane League of Lancaster County
The National Civil War Museum
Vickie's Angel Walk

These nonprofits have executed an innovative program with another organization(s) to accomplish a common goal.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region
Capital Regional Ex-Offenders Support Coalition (CRESC)
The Factory Youth Center
Girls on the Run of Lancaster
Lutheran Social Services
NutriCore NorthEast, Inc
United Way of York County

Management Operations
These nonprofits have adopted sound management principles, leading to a significant increase in their organization’s ability to meet its mission.
Community First Fund
Goodwill Keystone Area
Leg Up Farm
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA
York County Children's Advocacy Center
York Little Theatre

These nonprofits have created and implemented programs or events locally to increase the effectiveness of their mission.
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education
Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania
Lebanon Valley Family YMCA
Olivia's House - A Grief and Loss Center for Children
Tabor Community Services
Treasures of the Truth
United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County

Nonprofit Leadership Excellence
This category identifies and recognizes an exemplary nonprofit leader whose accomplishments have advanced his/her organization and field of service. The finalist must be in the position of CEO, President, Executive Director, Chairperson, or similar title, for at least 3 years.
Kathleen Bentley, Executive Director, Perry County Literacy Council
Carrie Breschi, Executive Director, Carlisle Arts Learning Center
Juanita Edrington-Grant, Founder & CEO, Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry, Inc.
Philip K. Goropoulos, President/CEO, Alder Health Services
James R. Washington Jr., Executive Director, Hope Station Opportunity Area
Carrie Wissler-Thomas, President, Art Association of Harrisburg

Nominations were due by October 17, 2011.