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New Host Sought for Indiana Achievement Awards


April 5, 2012

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Organizers of the Indiana Achievement Awards have announced that they are seeking a new host for the annual program honoring nonprofits. As the 12-year old program seeks a new host, 2012 will be a sabbatical year for the awards. Indiana nonprofits should look for award applications for the 2013 program next spring.

For the past two years, the Indiana Achievement Awards has been hosted by the IUPUI Solution Center. "We were thrilled to support the mission of the Indiana Achievement Awards as host agency," said Teresa Bennett, Director of the Solution Center. "As much as we enjoyed hosting the IAA, we are no longer able to staff the program. 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 hope that another organization will step up to lend its expertise and leadership so that the community can continue to celebrate the good work of our state's top nonprofit organizations."

"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. Dodson created the program in 1999 to recognize Indiana's nonprofits for exemplary practices and demonstrated effectiveness.

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

Dwight Burlingame, Director of Academic Programs at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, notes that most states in the U.S. have an association of nonprofits that would be the ideal sponsor for an IAA program, and the State of Indiana does not. “While an association like this has been discussed for years, perhaps this might be the catalyst needed to gain grass roots support for this type of structure," Burlingame said.