Center for Nonprofit Advancement Honors NVFS with 2013 Board Leadership Award

(Oakton, Va., July 24, 2013) — Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) was recognized today by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement (the Center) as the 2013 Board Leadership Award winner. NVFS will receive a $10,000 award, as well as training and development opportunities for its board and CEO from BoardSource and the Center.

“Critical community and family needs demand that non-profits deliver effective services and increase their capacity to do more,” said Douglas Koelemay, vice chairman of the NVFS board. “The strong performance of NVFS over decades both attracts great board members and challenges us professionally and personally to respond. We hope having that effort recognized will inspire others to great boardsmanship everywhere.”

“Vital work in support of our communities is made possible by excellence in board leadership,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “We are inspired by the best practices exhibited by each of our 2013 nominees and proud to acknowledge Northern Virginia Family Service as a 2013 Award Winner.”

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, in partnership with Cohn Reznick LLP, along with educational support from BoardSource, launched the Board Leadership Award in 2011 to honor and spotlight outstanding leadership from Boards of Directors of Washington-area nonprofit organizations. The award recognizes the role that boards play in building and sustaining successful organizations — assuring that they are well led, well supported and responsive to the people and communities they serve.

Finalists were selected through a three-step judging process including a comprehensive nomination form; in-person interview with board members and the executive director; and a site visit attended by board members, the executive director and representatives from the community served.

The award Selection Committee, made up of distinguished members of the business, philanthropic and nonprofit community, searched for examples of outstanding boards that have moved beyond recommended best practices to bring new levels of engagement and focus within the board that deliver results for the organization.

Northern Virginia Family Service is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping vulnerable families and children. Each year, NVFS helps nearly 30,000 people find safe & stable housing, children & youth services, affordable health care, workforce development programs and emergency services through a variety of community-funded programs and initiatives. NVFS is an innovator of efficient and comprehensive service methods, and has been recognized nationally for its effectiveness in creating sustained financial and social independence for its clients.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement strengthens the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Washington, D.C. The Center directly partners with nearly 1,000 member nonprofits, helping them achieve their missions through training and technical assistance programs, networking, advocacy and group buying power.