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Nonprofit award winners named for mission and excellence

Six Minnesota nonprofits have been selected as winners of a 2012 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Award, announced today by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits.

They’ll get the awards Nov. 2 at the 2012 MCN/MCF Joint Annual Conference in St. Paul.

The winners and their descriptions are:

Mission Award Winners

Innovation: Avenues for Homeless Youth
Founded in 1994 as Project Foundation, Avenues for Homeless Youth was reshaped and renamed in 2004 around its core programs that help young people move from “surviving the streets to thriving young adults.”

Advocacy: OutFront Minnesota
OutFront Minnesota was founded in 1987 to take a leading role in moving the state toward full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and the elimination of homophobia.

Anti-Racism: Youth Performance Company
With a mission to fuel the creative spirit of youth by developing, empowering and advancing young artists, YPC provides affordable and meaningful arts experiences for families, children and teens in the Twin Cities.

Responsive Philanthropy: Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
With a mission to achieve economic, political and social equality for all women and girls in Minnesota, the foundation has invested more than $14 million in social change grantmaking to more than 1,200 nonprofits across the state over the past three decades.

Excellence Award Winners

Large Organization: Graywolf Press
Founded in 1974, Graywolf Press publishes high-quality poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction that is not well-served by mainstream publishers and brings that work to the widest possible audience.

Small Organization: Project FINE
Serving the Winona area, Project FINE’s unique mission is to strengthen and enrich the community by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse.

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