Sadly, all good things must come to an end. The Nonprofit Winter Games are over, and we’re retiring the #NPOWinterGames hashtag until 2022. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Here are the organization(s) that won each game. Congratulations to all! Note: all winners were selected at random from the full list of participants in their events.
Pass the Torch
The Teaching Fellows Institute, a Platinum Seal holder located in Charlotte, North Carolina, won a $100 donation from GuideStar. Executive director Barbara Caldwell said:
Many thanks to GuideStar for this easy way to highlight nonprofits (both large and small!). The over 330 outstanding educators of the Teaching Fellows Institute thank you!”
First Time Medalist
Friendship Program of Omaha, Nebraska, earned the Silver Seal during the the First Time Medalist competition. They’ve won a $200 donation from GuideStar.
Executive director Kate Young stated:
Friendship Program, Inc is proud to be a part of GuideStar and join in with their commitment for transparency, reporting, and excellence in non-profit management. We recognize the importance of being good financial stewards of donations and believe GuideStar provides an opportunity for our agency to clearly state our mission, explain our programs, and offer potential donors an understanding of how their funding can positively impact those we serve. Friendship Program is committed to increasing the level of information available to all donors, current and future, and look forward to earning further Seals of Transparency through GuideStar.”
The Ski Jump
The Ski Jump was our largest competition, rewarding eight nonprofits that advanced at least one Seal of Transparency level between February 19 and 23:
Each of the following organizations won $100 for earning the Bronze Seal:
Two nonprofits each won $150 for reaching the Silver level:
New Song International, Katy, Texas. Kelly VanDevender, the organization’s president, observed:
New Song International is excited to have won the Nonprofit Winter Games Ski Jump event! We are so thankful for the resources and support that GuideStar has given and continues to give us and countless other nonprofits.”
Outdoor Alliance, Washington, D.C.
These two organizations each won $200 for earning the Gold Seal:
B’nai B’rith Housing, Brighton, Massachusetts. Fundraising & communications manager Naomi Levin said:
B’nai B'rith Housing is very excited to be one of the winners of the Guide Star Winter Games! Maintaining our GuideStar profile helps us demonstrate to our donors our commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility. We're honored to be a winner!”
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Executive director Naomi Welsh stated:
NVYO is surprised and delighted to receive this donation, and appreciates the services GuideStar provides both our donors and our program.”
The Art Studio, located in Beaumont, Texas, earned the Platinum Seal, then won a $500 donation from GuideStar. Executive director Greg Busceme noted:
The Art studio is so excited to be selected for this prize. Since earning the Platinum Seal of Transparency we have had better responses with our grants and are anticipating a great year for fundraising. Having a GuideStar Seal of Transparency lends credibility to our organization and helps us to refine our message. We look forward to keeping our Nonprofit Profile up to date and thank GuideStar for the award! It will go to good use!”
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services claimed its profile, earned a Bronze Seal, tagged other organizations on social media, and won our last game, The Relay. We’ve sent them a $200 donation. CEO and president Blake Young shared congratulations with all Nonprofit Winter Games winners:
Congrats to all the Winter Games participants! Your hard work has earned you this generous donation to continue your great community effort!”
We agree 100 percent!
Jackie Enterline Fekeci is GuideStar’s marketing and communications manager.