Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Greenlights' Nonprofit Excellence Awards recognize the nonprofits and individuals driving social change through outstanding achievements impacting our communities. Selected by an independent panel, 2014 award winners were celebrated at Greenlights' Party for Good on November 11. Nonprofit Executive of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year honorees received a $2,000 cash grant.

2014 Award Winners

Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year

The Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year award, named in recognition of its inaugural recipient, honors an exceptional individual who has served the Central Texas community through exemplary nonprofit board service and overall community leadership. This individual is a true champion of the organization(s) they serve and promotes governance best practices by acting as ambassador, advocate, fundraiser and leader. This individual is also a proven leader outside of his/her primary organization, demonstrating the ability to work across traditional boundaries to advance community and social causes. 

2014 Winner: Earl Maxwell, St. David's Foundation
This year, we are honored to recognize Earl Maxwell for the tremendous impact he has made, and continues to effect, in Central Texas by presenting him with the Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year Award! Earl Maxwell has served as the CEO of St. David’s Foundation since 2007. The Foundation believes that good health returns great benefits, and is focused on investing in a healthy community. Through a unique partnership, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from St. David’s HealthCare to help build the healthiest community in the world. The Foundation helps people in every corner of the community through signature programs and collaborations with more than 60 nonprofit partners.

Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award

The Nonprofit Executive of the Year award celebrates a current nonprofit staff leader (CEO, Executive Director or equivalent) whose distinguished achievements leading a Central Texas nonprofit have truly "moved the needle" for the organization and have resulted in significant impact in the community. This individual should be seen by his/her peers as a true leader in the community as well. Winner's organization receives a $2,000 unrestricted cash award!

Winner: Mark Kiester, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Mark joined the Boys & Girls Clubs in 2006, and has grown the number of Austin clubs from 3 to 22, now serving 12,000 kids from tough circumstances. Mark has built dozens of community partnerships, and been nationally recognized by the Boys & Girls Clubs for his leadership. He inspires his staff to grow personally and professionally, so together they can help underserved youth in Austin.

Nonprofit of the Year Award

The Nonprofit of the Year award is presented to three Central Texas nonprofits whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact. While the organizations serve as exemplary models overall, particular focus may be given to success related, but not limited, to board excellence, programmatic evaluation and impact, fundraising, innovation, and collaboration with other entities. These organizations demonstrate ways in which they set the bar for effective nonprofit strategy, execution, and lasting community impact. Winning organizations receive a $2,000 unrestricted cash award!

Winner – Small category: Hays County Food Bank
Fighting food insecurity since 1984, Hays County Food Bank makes donated food available at six public distribution sites and works with over 40 partner agencies to ensure no one in Hays County goes hungry. Serving 4,400 families a week, including many senior citizens and hard-working families, they creatively incorporate volunteerism, community gardens, and nutrition into their services.

Winner – Medium category: Capital Area Dental Foundation
The Capital Area Dental Foundation provides dental services to underserved individuals who need it most. By closely partnering with other area organizations, Capital Area Dental Foundation makes dental care accessible, and avoids duplicating existing efforts. Last year alone, they served over 700 low-income individuals, giving those people the confidence to gain employment and move up the ladder.

Winner – Large category: Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Communities In Schools believes “education is the golden ticket” and supports at-risk students in realizing their full academic potential. Through campus-based programs and special projects, Communities In Schools creates a local network of support to develop a custom plan unique to each child. This year alone, Communities in Schools is serving more than 41,000 students in 60 schools, helping them to achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Communities In Schools builds its programs on an evidence-based model, focusing on key elements for success including basic needs, enrichment, academic assistance, life skills, behavioral interventions, and family engagement.


Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year: Earl Maxwell

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Questions? Contact Kristina Jakstas at 512-477-5955 ext. 232.