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Robert K. Greenleaf Center to host Indiana Achievement Awards


October 31, 2012

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The IUPUI Solution Center has announced that the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership will serve as the new host of the Indiana Achievement Awards.

The Indiana Achievement Awards recognizes Indiana’s nonprofits for exemplary practices and demonstrated effectiveness through its annual awards program and ceremony. Created by the Sycamore Foundation in 1999, the Indiana Achievement Awards continues as a coalition of foundations, businesses and individuals who join together to identify, recognize and reward effective nonprofits for their outstanding work in their communities in order to create exemplars of extraordinary practice in the nonprofit community.

Award nominees are judged by a coalition of Indiana foundation, nonprofit and business leaders for the organizations' ability to demonstrate highly effective and high-impact practices. Each award winner receives a nonrestricted cash grant and a professionally produced organizational video to help tell its story.

In 2010, the IUPUI Solution Center became the host of the IAA, but sought a new host this year. "We were honored to support the mission of the Indiana Achievement Awards during our time as host agency," said Teresa Bennett, director of the IUPUI Solution Center. “And we are so pleased that the Greenleaf Center has succeeded us in that role. We will continue to support the IAA goals to recognize nonprofits for outstanding work in Indiana and hold them up as exemplars of extraordinary practice. We are confident that the Greenleaf Center can lend its expertise and leadership so that the community can continue to celebrate the good work of our state's top nonprofit organizations."

“There is no doubt that the top organizations in all fields embrace the principles and practices of servant leadership,” said Greenleaf Center CEO Joe Iarocci. “So hosting the IAA will give the Greenleaf Center the opportunity to hold up the most impactful nonprofits so others can learn from them. The Greenleaf Center’s international scope will allow us to shine a spotlight on the Indiana nonprofits for all the world to see.”

"We are very thankful for the support the IUPUI Solution Center provided as host to the program in 2010 and 2011," said Jim Dodson of the Sycamore Foundation and founder of the Awards. “We are glad that the Solution Center will continue to be involved with the IAA going forward. And of course, we are very pleased at the good things ahead for the IAA with the Greenleaf Center as new host.”

About the IUPUI Solution Center

The IUPUI Solution Center, a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, reflects IUPUI’s commitment to its community. The Solution Center is the front door to the campus, addressing the economic and business development needs of Central Indiana since 2004. The Solution Center seeks to:
•Serve as a key partner in efforts to increase the number of highly trained and degreed professionals in Indiana.
•Facilitate meaningful collaboration and talent-driven partnerships with Indiana’s business, industry, nonprofit and government sectors.
•Discover, develop and transfer information, technologies and methods that enhance practice in key clusters.

About the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership is an international nonprofit organization that promotes the awareness, understanding and practice of servant leadership. Robert K. Greenleaf founded the nonprofit Greenleaf Center (first called The Center for Applied Ethics) in 1964. Not long after, Greenleaf published "The Servant as Leader," a landmark essay that coined the phrase "servant-leader" and launched the modern servant leadership movement. The Greenleaf Center pursues its mission through a variety of training programs, conferences, publications and partnerships.