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Canada’s best-run non-profit social service agencies named finalists for Donner Awards and $60,000 prize money

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Release Date: October 20, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC—Twenty organizations from across Canada have been named among the best-managed non-profit social service agencies nationwide and are in the running for $60,000 in prize money as finalists for the 13th annual Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services.

“The Donner Awards honour Canadian non-profit organizations that maintain an unparalleled standard of excellence in the management and delivery of their services, despite the budgetary constraints all non-profit groups face,” said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute vice-president research.

“By publicly celebrating the success of outstanding non-profit social service agencies, the Donner Awards seek to educate Canadians about the indispensable contributions these groups make to the well-being of individuals and communities nationwide.”

The Donner Awards are Canada’s largest recognition program for non-profit social service agencies, established in 1998 to recognize and encourage best practices in non-profit management and increase public confidence and support for Canada’s non-profit sector. The awards, administered by the Fraser Institute on behalf of the Donner Canadian Foundation, will be presented November 4th at a celebration in Toronto. Additional information is available at

This year, 514 non-profit social service agencies 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 costs, and outcome monitoring.

The top organization in each of seven categories of social service delivery will be awarded $5,000, while the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence will be presented to the highest performer overall.

In addition, 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 the management and delivery of services.

2010 Donner Awards Finalists (by category)

Counselling / Crisis Intervention

  • Elizabeth Fry Society Mainland Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS)
  • London Crisis Pregnancy Centre (London, ON)
  • Sarnia Lambton Rebound: A Program for Youth (Sarnia, ON)
  • Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (Calgary, AB)
  • Sarnia Lambton Rebound: A Program for Youth (Sarnia, ON)
  • Saskatchewan 4-H Council (Saskatoon, SK)
Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse
  • Fraser Recovery Program (Quebec, QC)
  • Fresh Start Recovery Centre (Calgary, AB)
  • Simon House Residence Society (Calgary, AB)
Provision of Basic Necessities
  • Alice Housing (Dartmouth, NS)
  • Inner City Home of Sudbury (Sudbury, ON)
  • Minden Food Bank (Minden, ON)
Services for Children
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association (Williams Lake, BC)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)
  • Educational Program Innovations Charity Society (North Sydney, NS)
Services for People with Disabilities
  • Community Living Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)
  • Maidstone Group Home Society (Maidstone, SK)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - Calgary and Area Chapter (Calgary, AB)
Services for Seniors
  • Alzheimer Society Huron County (Clinton, ON)
  • Alzheimer Society of Oxford (Woodstock, ON)
  • Community and Primary Health Care - Lanark, Leeds and Grenville (Brockville, ON)