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Georgia Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leaders to be Honored at 2012 Nonprofit Summit

Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Revolutions Awards and Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award 

Atlanta, GA — April 9, 2012 — The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Revolutions Awards and Evelyn G. Ullman Award, to be presented at the 21st Nonprofit Summit this year in Atlanta, May 21 & 22 at the Atlanta Sheraton. This annual event brings Georgia's nonprofit community together with sector thought leaders, content experts, leading funders and resource solution providers for two days to gain insights, get inspired, build skills and expand networks through keynotes, consulting, workshops and events.  

Announcing the winners:

2012 Evelyn G Ullman Innovative Leadership Award:
to Chaiwon Kim, President & CEO of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS), for the impact she makes on the everyday lives of many immigrants and refugees, a hardship she understands firsthand as an immigrant herself. Chaiwon has started multiple programs aimed at providing affordable services to uninsured and underinsured Asian Americans. Some of these programs include Vaccination for Children, Asian Breast Care, RICE Center, DOWA Center and Hanna’s House. In 2011, CPACS served an average of 2,300 clients monthly. Chaiwon bases her belief system on the philosophy that “people need people” and never imagined she would lead CPACS to where it is today. Under her leadership, CPACS is now seen as an exemplary agency nationwide by other Asian American agencies and is able to help other smaller agencies build their capacity.

2012 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Leader: to Elaine Draeger, President & CEO of Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers, for her devotion towards elevating early education as one of the most powerful strategies for improving educational outcomes for children. In 1982, Elaine became Assistant Executive Director of Sheltering Arms and in 1991 she was named President & CEO. Under Elaine’s leadership, Sheltering Arms has experienced rapid growth in its size, scope and quality. The number of Sheltering Arms centers has almost doubled from 9 to 16, with an increase in daily enrollment from 744 to almost 2,500 children. Since 1988, Elaine has spearheaded the creation and growth of Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute (GTI). More than 6,000 early childhood and family support professionals from around the Southeast participate in training and technical assistance at GTI each year. Elaine will retire in December 2012 after 30 years of service to Sheltering Arms and the community.

2012 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: to Piedmont Park Conservancy for their commitment to the land, the community and the partnership that has transformed historic Piedmont Park. Evidenced in a compelling public-private partnership and leading to a unique but replicable model for the sustainability of a vibrant urban green space, the Conservancy serves more than 3 million people each year. In 2007, the Conservancy undertook its most aggressive fundraising effort to date, a $42.5M Breaking New Ground Campaign which would implement Phase 1 of the Master Plan to Enhance Piedmont Park. The effort has expanded the Park’s reach by 23 acres to date, increasing its sustainability, accessibility and safety along the way. Today, Piedmont Park hosts more than 80% of Atlanta’s large events and festivals and was selected in 2010 by the Sustainable Sites Initiative as a pilot location in their effort to establish a National Rating System for outdoor spaces.

2012 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Board Member: to Jacqueline Yeaney, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Marketing at Red Hat, Inc. and Co-President of the Board of Project Open Hand Atlanta. As President (now Co-President) of Open Hand’s Board since 2004, Jackie has been instrumental in the expansion of Open Hand’s mission from that of providing home-delivered meals for clients near the end of life to helping those with chronic illness not only delay disease progression, but prevent the onset of nutrition-sensitive conditions. Jackie’s marketing expertise has played a vital role leading Open Hand’s rebranding efforts in 2007, and effectively helped the organization retain its proud legacy while activating Open Hand’s new brand and newly expanded mission. The results were increase community awareness of the organization, increased volunteer participation by 58% and increased donor activity by over 19% from the previous year.

More information about the winners can be found at NonprofitSummit.org.