Canada's best-run non-profit agencies announced as finalists for Donner Awards and $70,000 prize money

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Twenty-eight non-profit agencies from across
Canada have been identified as being the best run in the country and are in
the running for $70,000 in prize money as finalists for the 10th annual Donner
Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services.
    The Donner Awards are Canada's largest non-profit recognition program,
established in 1998 to recognize and encourage best practices in non-profit
management and to increase public confidence and support for Canada's
non-profit sector. The awards will be presented October 19th at a special 10th
anniversary celebration of the Donner Awards in Toronto. Additional
information is available at
    "People across Canada rely on non-profit social service agencies for a
huge array of programs and services. That reliance means the agencies have to
ensure they manage their resources in a fiscally sound manner so they can
provide for their clients' needs," said Sylvia LeRoy, program manager for the
Donner Awards and Director of The Fraser Institute's Centre for Social Policy
    "Programs like the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in
the Delivery of Social Services give non-profit agencies a chance to share
ideas and identify best practices in non-profit management and social service
delivery while offering them a chance to win cash awards and recognition."
    This year, more than 600 non-profit programs from across Canada applied
for the awards. Participating organizations are ranked on their performance in
10 key areas, including management and governance, the use of staff and
volunteers, innovation, program cost, and outcome monitoring.
    The top organization in each of nine categories of social service
delivery will win $5,000 awards while the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for
Excellence will be presented to the highest performer overall.
    The Donner Awards newest honour, the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for
Non-Profit Management, will be presented to a non-profit organization with a
consistent record of excellence and innovation in management and delivery of

    Listing of 2007 Donner Award Finalists (by category)
    Alternative Education
    -   Continuing On In Education (Belleville, ON)
    -   Sarnia Lambton Rebound (Sarnia, ON)
    -   Teen-Aid Southwest Inc (Swift Current, SK)

    Child Care Services
    -   Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)
    -   Educational Program Innovations Charity Society (North Sydney, NS)
    -   The Children's Garden Nursery School (Pembroke, ON)

    Counselling Services
    -   Community Living Campbellford/Brighton (Campbellford, ON)
    -   Hospice Of Waterloo Region (Kitchener, ON)
    -   Sudbury Action Centre For Youth (Sudbury, ON)
    -   Youth Services Of Lambton County Inc. - Huron House Boys' Home
        (Bright's Grove, ON)

    Crisis Intervention
    -   Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre (Calgary, AB)
    -   Canadian Mental Health Association For The Kootenays (Cranbrook, BC)
    -   Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre Of British Columbia
        (Vancouver, BC)

    Services for People with Disabilities
    -   British Columbia Association of People Who Stutter (White Rock, BC)
    -   Multiple Sclerosis Society Of Canada - Calgary Chapter (Calgary, AB)
    -   Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (Burnaby, BC)

    Services for Seniors
    -   Alzheimer Society Of Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay, ON)
    -   Calgary Meals On Wheels (Calgary, AB)
    -   Community & Primary Health Care - Lanark, Leeds & Grenville
        (Brockville, ON)

    Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse
    -   Fresh Start Recovery Centre (Calgary, AB)
    -   InnerVisions Recovery Society Of BC (Port Coquitlam, BC)
    -   Simon House Residence Society (Calgary, AB)
    -   Sudbury Action Centre For Youth (Sudbury, ON)

    Provision of Basic Necessities
    -   Alice Housing (Dartmouth, NS)
    -   Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank (Calgary, AB)
    -   Inner City Home of Sudbury (Sudbury, ON)

    Traditional Education
    -   Cornwall Alternative School (Regina, SK)
    -   John Knox Christian School (Oakville, ON)
    -   Trenton Christian School Society (Trenton, ON)

    The Donner Canadian Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that
    emphasize self-reliance, individual initiative, and independence. For
    more information, visit

    Established in 1974, The Fraser Institute is an independent public policy
    organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and
    Tampa Bay. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Sylvia LeRoy, Program Manager, Donner Canadian
Foundation Awards, The Fraser Institute, Tel: (604) 688-0221 ext.523, Email:

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