Awards, Abundance and Leadership

by Debra Box

Congratulations to FIRE Foundation, MOCSA and Harvesters!

Each year Support KC hosts the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Awards. And, each year I’m always inspired by our award winners.  FIRE Foundation, MOCSA and Harvesters exemplify a commitment and passion to and for their mission.  These organizations embody a commitment to excellence in accountability, transparency and governance. Their leaders combine passion, excellence and a willingness to co-create in the making of a great organization as paid leaders (Executive Directors/CEO’s) and unpaid leaders (Board Presidents/Board Chairs) collaborate successfully in the making of a sustainable nonprofit.

Virginia Eubanks, our event guest speaker and author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tolls Profile, Police and   Punish the Poor, spent the day sharing her research and thought leadership.  We had a great lunch discussion with representatives from Project Uplift, an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff that serves meals three times a week to 400 homeless people.  To quote Virginia “we will only have abundance if we all share. And, it is the work of leaders to help engineer that abundance.”

Our Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award Winners, MOCSA and Harvesters clearly are engineering abundance in their work.  Their efforts go beyond building strong collaborative relationships between the board and staff. They successfully engage other community partners to build and share resources with our community.  Thank you to our award winners for finding the abundance in the work you do!

Debra Box
President and CEO
Support Kansas City

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