BRADENTON/SARASOTA, Fla. – Goodwill Manasota was honored with the Nonprofit of the Year Award, awarded by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, at the 2014 Nonprofit of the Year Awards luncheon on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
An independent panel of judges selected Goodwill Manasota out of 41 other finalists for the top accolade. Other local finalists included the Sarasota Ballet of Florida Inc., Forty Carrots Family Center, Big Cat Rescue Corp., The Roskamp Institute and Southeastern Guide Dogs.
“We are truly flattered to be recognized with this high honor,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “This acknowledgement is really a testament to our dedicated staff, board and volunteers who change lives every day through the power of our work.”
The ninth annual awards aim to honor nonprofit organizations making a difference in the community every day. Since its inception in 2005, the awards program recognizes organizations that demonstrate strong financial best practices and lean management structures that help them meet their service goals.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2013, we served more than 16,000 people, placed 537 people in jobs and assisted 329 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $39.3 million. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill has provided opportunities through such programs as Donated Goods Employment Services, Job Connection, American Veterans & their Families Initiative, JobsPlus, Supported JobsPlus, GoodwillWorks, White Glove Services, Good Neighbor Program and Ambassadors Program. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 37 million pounds out of the landfill. Goodwill Manasota is legally organized under the laws of the United States and the State of Florida. We are accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is NOT owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG.
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