The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation has announced nine finalists in three categories for this year’s Touchstone Award.
The award honors nonprofit programs and projects that exemplify leadership in fostering the values of generosity, civic engagement and inclusiveness — which comprise the award’s three nominating categories.
Here are the finalists:
Generosity categoryDuluth Festival Opera for Opera in the Park, which provided the Twin Ports community with high-quality, professional opera free of charge at Leif Erickson Park on Aug. 22.Junior Achievement, which was founded for the purpose of educating and inspiring young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. During 2011, Junior Achievement Came in contact with 3,876 students in 27 schools.Northshore Area Partners for its Caregiver Support Program, which offers individual and family counseling, support groups, caregiver training and education services to those caring for loved ones. The program also offers in-home volunteer respite care and service coordination.Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity for its Brush with Kindness program, which is designed to build up the organization’s capacity to spread its services throughout the Twin Ports community.
Civic engagement categoryHuman Development Center for its “Look it in the Eye Northland” film project, which explores and raises community awareness of the causes and cures of mental illness.Kinship of Aitkin County for its Youth Development Program, which in 2011 served 773 people from grades kindergarten through 12 in three programs: Kinship mentoring, Good Character Clubs and Youth Leadership Skill Building.Superior Business Improvement District for its Phantom Galleries, which placed temporary art installations by established artists into vacant storefronts in downtown Superior.
Inclusiveness categoryCollege of St. Scholastica for its Multicultural Leadership Orientation program, created to retain a diversity of students in Duluth. The program works to increase community support for students of color.YWCA of Duluth for its GirlPower! program, which provides enrichment activities that focus on academic success, leadership, community engagement and economic independence. The program reached 144 at-risk girls.
The community foundation will announce the Touchstone Award winners at an Oct. 30 luncheon. Each winner will receive a $2,500 grant.
Established in 1983, the community foundation is a permanent community endowment funded by donations from individuals and organizations. The foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and to individuals for scholarships. Since 1983, it has distributed more than $37 million. It administers more than 300 funds, each with its own charitable purpose.
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