Annual YNPN Grand Rapids Leadership Awards

The YNPN GR Leadership Awards celebrate the outstanding leadership and vision of young nonprofit leaders in our community. 

Award Categories

ADVOCATE | The Advocate Award will go to an individual who is always advocating for their cause. You can’t see this person anywhere without hearing about their favorite green organization, how many children are hungry in our community, or how voting will change everything! This person is on the street talking about their cause and raising community-wide awareness each and every day.

BREAKTHROUGH | The Breakthrough Award will go to an individual or organization whose work has led to a new method, idea, or process that has positively impacted the community and/or discovered a new solution to a complex problem within the nonprofit sector. 

DOGOODER | The DoGooder Award is an exemplary volunteer. A DoGooder is one that never quits. They may be involved with multiple organizations or volunteers every chance they get. Nominating someone for this award allows you the chance to tell them thank you for all they do for your organization or the community at-large.

EXEMPLARY EXECUTIVE | The Exemplary Executive Award will go to an exemplary young nonprofit executive director. This young non-profit executive director should show strong leadership and initiative in moving their organization forward.

GOOD-TO-GREAT | The Good-To-Great Award will go to an individual that has moved an organization or program from good to great. This person may have increased the participation in a program at your organization, strengthened an organization so that it may provide stronger service to the community, took a dying organization and made it once again sustainable, or has shown strong initiative towards improving a program or service.

UNSUNG HERO | The Unsung Hero Award will go to an individual who has positively influenced a nonprofit organization from behind the scenes with a positive attitude, a willingness to help, and a commitment to excellence but often goes unrecognized..


YOUNG NONPROFIT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR | The Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award will go to someone who excels in their work, always goes above and beyond for their cause, is always looking for a new way to make nonprofit service better, and is an overall fabulous professional in the nonprofit sector.

DOROTHY A. JOHNSON EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARD | This award will honor a seasoned leader in the nonprofit industry in West Michigan-someone who consistently sets an example for the next generation of nonprofit leaders, just as Dottie Johnson has done. 


Congratulations to the 2016 YNPN GR Leadership Awards Winners!
Advocate Award: Jessica Ledesma, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Breakthrough Award: Elizabeth Kidd, Community Foundation of the Holland Zeeland Area
DoGooder Award: Brandy Arnold, Kids' Food Basket
Exemplary Executive Award: Mindy Ysasi, The SOURCE
Good to Great Award: Javier Jauregui, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Unsung Hero Award: Ana Rau, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc
Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year: Lamont Cole, Grand Rapids Urban League
Dorothy A. Johnson Excellence and Achievement Award: Louise "Punky" Edison, WMCAT


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