Four Georgia Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leaders Honored with Revolutions Awards at 2011 Nonprofit Summit

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The Georgia Center for Nonprofits announced the winners of the prestigious Revolutions Awards at the 20th Annual Nonprofit Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center. The four winners are Charles Robinson, Jr., First Step Staffing, Inc., Ann Cramer and Hannah Salwen.

These winners represent how together, we magnify our impact in powerful ways—supporting each other in our shared vision to improve the quality of life in our community and our state.” - Karen Beavor, President and CEO of Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Yesterday, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits announced the winners of the prestigious Revolutions Awards at the 20th Annual Nonprofit Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center. The four winners are Charles Robinson, Jr., First Step Staffing, Inc., Ann Cramer and Hannah Salwen.

“The annual Revolutions Award aims to recognize and honor individuals and organizations whose leadership creates positive and transformative change in the Georgia community,” explains Karen Beavor, President and CEO of Georgia Center for Nonprofits. “These winners represent how together, we magnify our impact in powerful ways—supporting each other in our shared vision to improve the quality of life in our community and our state.”

Winners were bestowed at the Nonprofit Summit awards luncheon sponsored by Gifford Hillegass & Ingwersen, LLP.

Revolutions Awards honors were bestowed on the following:

2011 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Leader: to Charles Robinson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sadie G. Mays Health & Rehabilitation Center, for his leadership in providing excellence, professionalism, good management and loving care. Hired by the nursing home as Executive Director in 1977, Charles transformed the home which had fallen into disrepair into what is today a nationally recognized award winning facility providing a full range of nursing services and rehabilitation to the individuals entrusted to their care.

2011 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: to First Step Staffing, Inc. for their work in providing jobs, work force development, housing, and benefits to Atlanta's homeless. First Step’s programs have had a powerful impact both for individuals and for the community including helping over 1,300 people re-enter the workforce and securing Disability Benefits (SSI) for 420 people. First Step participants now have a combined annual income of $3,400,000 equating to housing for individuals and millions going into Atlanta’s economy every year.

2011 Revolutions Award for Legendary Philanthropic Leader: to Ann Cramer, Director of IBM Americas Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, for her commitment to and involvement with children and youth. Ann has an extraordinary list of achievements as leader in community service throughout her distinguished and legendary philanthropic career. Ann’s current role allows her to continue her work with the improvement of conditions for families, because of IBM’s historic commitment and investment in local communities supporting K-12 education, job training and employment, community and family services, literacy programs and support for the disabled and disadvantaged through its people and technology.

2011 Revolutions Emerging Philanthropist Award: to Hannah Salwen for her progressive approach to philanthropy and commitment to strengthening our communities. It was Hannah’s inspiration in 2008 that motivated her family to sell their current home and use half of the money from that sale to set up a fund at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta dedicated to charitable giving. Through this fund, the Salwen family has supported organizations such as The Hunger Project, Habitat for Humanity-Atlanta, Cool Girls and the Atlanta Girls’ School.

More information about the winners can be found at:
http://www.gcn.org/Learn/Events/NonprofitSummit/RevolutionAwards.aspx

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Over the past 20 years, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits has become a leading state nonprofit organization through its work to improve the quality of life in our communities and across our state by helping to create higher-performing nonprofits. GCN magnifies nonprofit impact in powerful ways—through training, networking, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and collaborations.

As the leading advocate for Georgia’s nonprofit sector, GCN helps policy-makers and the public understand and support the work of nonprofits. We develop effective nonprofit leaders and professionals through our Nonprofit University programs and training workshops, and we encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration with year round learning and networking events. We promote partnerships between nonprofits and foundations, businesses, and government to meet critical needs. We also provide expert consulting services to help organizations build capacity. Learn more at http://www.gcn.org.

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