This week, Louisville’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence announced the winners of its 2017 Pyramid Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. The awards will be presented at the annual conference in October.
“Nonprofit leaders boldly tackle challenges each day in inspiring, visionary and collaborative ways to ensure that our whole community can thrive,” said the organization’s chief executive, Gregory Nielsen, in a news release. “The Pyramid Awards represent our opportunity to highlight their accomplishments and celebrate their excellence.”
The winners are:
Art of Collaboration: Louisville Ballet
The Louisville Ballet recently underwent a brand redesign led by Mightily. It was founded in 1952 and is currently led by Artistic and Executive Director Robert Curran. More than 100,000 people attend the company’s productions annually. It also operates a ballet school and does educational outreach.
Art of Governance: YMCA of Greater Louisville
The YMCA in Louisville was founded in 1853 as the 10th YMCA in the country. According to the website, the YMCA is “the largest provider of before- and after-school care in the state, celebrate the most extensive Black Achiever’s Program in the country and are the proud founder of Safe Place Services, serving as the national headquarters of this outstanding organization.”
Art of Inclusion: Interfaith Paths to Peace
The organization, founded in 1996, has this mission statement: “Interfaith Paths to Peace works to foster peace, increase interfaith understanding, and cultivate inter-religious cooperation through education, programs and events.”
Art of Leadership: Dr. Anthony Zipple, Centerstone Kentucky
Centerstone, formerly Seven Counties, provides community-based behavioral health care, including mental health services, substance abuse treatment and intellectual and developmental disabilities services. It serves five states. Zipple is president and CEO of Centerstone Kentucky.
Art of Social Innovation: Kentucky Yoga Initiative
This women-led organization facilitates yoga instructors to perform outreach to underserved populations in Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro and surrounding areas. The organization provides scholarships for teacher trainings. According to its website, leaders are hoping to open a no-or-low cost studio in the future.
Art of Vision: Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Waterfront Botanical Gardens is still in the fundraising stages, but says work could start as soon as this fall. Its vision is “To create a botanical garden and conservatory of extraordinary beauty that engages, enlightens, and inspires people about plants and nature,” according to the organization’s website.
Lifetime Achievement: Benjamin K. Richmond, Louisville Urban League
Richmond started working for the organization in 1987 and retired from the Urban League in 2015. He has served on a number of boards, including Actors Theatre, 55,000 Degrees and the African American Business Association.
When asked why CNPE announces the winners in July and waits until October to honor them, Director of Communications Hannah Clure told Insider it’s a matter of “excitement and logistics.” The nonprofits want to begin spreading the word as soon as possible and the CNPE creates short films to honor the winners, and those take time to produce.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Galt House, on Oct. 24.