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First Nonprofit Foundation honored at the 2016 Nonprofit Innovation Awards


Alongside the most influential nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania, First Nonprofit Foundation was recently honored at the 2016 Nonprofit Innovation Awards. The Foundation was a Finalist in the 17th annual awards, which recognize not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate innovation in their daily operations.

“It was an honor for the Foundation to be recognized,” First Nonprofit President Joe Geiger said. “We’re grateful to be in such terrific company.”


The Nonprofit Innovation Awards recognized innovators from Pennsylvania’s non profit sector

Being recognized as a Finalist in the Collaboration category had much to do with the way First Nonprofit works with their nonprofit partners.  Rather than purely treating grants as a financial transaction, the Foundation acts as a liaison between grantees and trusted partners to deliver services that may not otherwise be available to non-profits.

One example of this is the partnership between First Nonprofit and Synapse, a nationally-known digital marketing and web development firm.  Over the past two years, the Foundation has awarded several grants for large website projects, leaning on Synapse’s expertise to help grantees improve their web presence and marketability, increase donations, and manage their customer base using the latest technology.

“Without a trusted partner, many non-profits face the complexities of a website and technology implementation alone,” explains Geiger. “Through our partnership, our grantees get access to a consultant who works on their behalf to develop the best technology solutions for their organization.  Our process ensures our grantees are requesting the appropriate amount of funding that will meet their needs, and gives them a clear path toward achieving their goals.”

Past grantees who have benefitted from this partnership include Sister to Sister, Oak-Leyden Developmental Services, The Chicago Lighthouse, and the Jewish Caring Network.

Congratulations to all Winners and Finalists of the 2016 Nonprofit Innovation Awards.  To see a complete list of the honorees, visit the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal website.