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Congratulations to the Winners of the Nonprofit Summer Sprint

Gold trophy with red ribbons hanging down the side and sparkles around itThank you to everyone who participated in the Nonprofit Summer Sprint! We’d like to take a moment to congratulate the organization(s) that won each prize.

We’ve rewarded four nonprofits that advanced at least one Seal of Transparency level and five organizations that earned or held a 2019 Platinum Seal between June 19 and 28.

Note: all winners were selected at random from the full list of participants in their events.

New Mexico Art League logo. A black square with a tan square inside it and the words new mexico league around in tan on the edge of the tan square, and art in maroon at the bottom of the tan squareBronze Winner

The New Mexico Art League, a 2019 Bronze Seal holder located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, won a $100 donation from Candid. President Cynthia Rowland said:

“It’s an honor to be recognized by [Candid] as a winner in the Nonprofit Summer Sprint.”

Silver Winner

Angels Journey Home Animal Rescue logo. Angel wings embracing a heart with a paw print on it, with a halo hovering over the wings and heart and the organization's name beneath itAngels Journey Home Animal Rescue of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, earned a 2019 Silver Seal of Transparency. It’s won a $150 donation from Candid.

Founder Wendi Kraemer stated:

“We are happy to be a winner in the Nonprofit Summer Sprint contest. Our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar is a great asset to our organization. We will continue to take advantage of it to make our nonprofit stand out and be recognized on a larger scale.”

Logo for Down Syndrome Guild. A greenish-yellow figure  throwing a greenish-yellow star with blue and greenish-yellow streamers over the initials DSG with the words Down Syndrome Guild under themGold Winner

Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City Inc shared its long-term goals and strategies and earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency. It’s won a $250 donation from Candid.

Platinum Winner

Planned PEThood logo. Drawings of a cat and dog in a red oval, with a ribbon with labeled Planned PEThood over the bottom of the animals and Choose Life for Georgia's Pets! under the ovalPlanned PEThood of Duluth Georgia, earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency by sharing its annual metrics, such as 872 animals rescued in 2018. It’s received a $500 donation from Candid.  Development Coordinator Lauren Frost commented:

“Planned PEThood of Georgia is excited to earn a Platinum Seal on our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar! Nonprofit transparency is vital to showing supporters how their funds are used and why their gifts make a difference. [Candid] helps us share our mission, story, and success with current and potential donors and we are so grateful for their support.”

Bonus Prize Winners

We also gave away five bonus prizes to organizations that earned or already had a 2019 Platinum Seal, GuideStar’s highest form of recognition. Each nonprofit won a GuideStar Pro PDF report on that organization. The report contains advanced analytics, including programs and results, financial trends, verification that the nonprofit can accept tax-deductible donation, and more.

The winners were:

  • Logo for CorpsAfrica. Outline of the African continent with drawn yellow, green, and blue figures at the bottom of it and the words Corps Africa to the leftCorpsAfrica, Washington, D.C. Program and development assistant Julie Sherbill said:

    “As an organization focused on community-led development, CorpsAfrica shares [Candid’s] commitment to transparency in the social sector. We are proud to have a Platinum Seal of Transparency so that CorpsAfrica's friends, donors, and partners can stay well-informed on where their support is going.”

  • MedShadow Foundation Logo. The word MED is in red over SHADOW in smaller blue letters. To the right of the stacked name is the phrase Balancing the risks & benefits of medicines"MedShadow Foundation, New York, New York. Founder and president Suzanne Robotti noted:

    “MedShadow Foundation is honored to be a winner in the Nonprofit Summer Sprint contest. [Candid's] commitment to transparency raises the bar for us all, and MedShadow is proud to be part of the community of nonprofits that has earned a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency.”

  • Reading Works logo. A dark blue rectangle has the words READING/WORKS/an adult literacy program in white, with a teal half-circle with dark blue lines on it to the right of the wordsReading Works Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico. Board of directors president Margaret Baker said:

    “Our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar is an important tool for us to communicate our goals and success to volunteers and donors.”

  • Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer. Image of a teal ribbon with teal circles behind it and the organization's name and URLs above, over, and beneath the imageTell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Foundation (T.E.A.L.), Brooklyn, New York. CEO and co-founder Pamela Esposito-Amery commented:

    “Tell Every Amazing Lady about Ovarian Cancer also known as T.E.A.L.® is thrilled to be a winner of the Nonprofit Summer Sprint! We're proud to have a Platinum Seal of Transparency.”

  • Valley Animal Haven & Adoption Center, Lemoore, California. Executive Director, Pam Brasil said:

    Valley Animal Haven & Adoption Center logo. Drawing of a gray kitten on a blue and yellow scratching post in front of yellow and red dog house covered in paw prints. A brown dog looks happily out of the dog house. The initials V.A.H. are above the doghouse door.“We are proud to have been selected as a winner in the Nonprofit Summer Sprint. Valley Animal Haven takes great pride in our 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency for our donors and the general public. The GuideStar Pro PDF Report of our organization will be a valuable tool to display on our website, to use on social media, and to provide detailed information for potential donors. We are excited for the opportunity to implement this very informative tool.”

There you have it! Please be on the lookout for future events where your nonprofit can be entered to win a prize from Candid. Have a great rest of your summer!

Madeline KardosMadeline Kardos is a marketing and communications associate at Candid. She creates all kinds of content and leads outreach for GuideStar’s Profile Update Program. Before joining the nonprofit world, Madeline started in content marketing, writing for contact center software companies in San Francisco, CA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Film & Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Topics: GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles Nonprofit Summer Sprint