Nonprofits First, Inc. will host its fourth annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, honoring those in Palm Beach County's nonprofit sector for their dedication to service and the business of doing good. The public is invited to submit nominations online at HatsOffAwards.org beginning Monday, September 7 through Monday, October 19.
All nominees will be invited to be recognized at the unique and lively hat-themed event (held live or virtually depending on COVID-19 restrictions). Award winners will be kept secret until that evening when they are announced during the ceremony.
"This is a celebration of the entire nonprofit community," said Nonprofits First CEO Jessica Cecere. "What makes this event unique is that every nominee is honored, not just finalists and award recipients. And even if the event is held virtually, we must show our support for these dedicated nonprofits doing amazing work in our community."
Nominations are accepted in ten categories: Nonprofit of the Year (small, medium and large; Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year; Nonprofit MVP, Nonprofit Professional of the Year; Nonprofit Executive of the Year; Lifetime Achievement; Community Collaborators Award, People’s Choice Award, and Best Hat Award. This year, the Hats Off to Heroes Award has been added to honor an organization that has performed extraordinary work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Now more than ever, these organizations, workers, and volunteers deserve to be recognized and rewarded for all the work they have done and continue to do," said Natalie Alvarez, 2020 Hats Off event chair. "Many have had to adapt to new ways of technology and new virtual channels to fulfill their commitments to those they serve. I am grateful for all they do."
This year's sponsors include FPL and Valley Bank, and there are many sponsorship opportunities available. Funds raised from the Hats Off Nonprofit Awards benefit Nonprofits First educational programs. These programs focus on professional development, leadership, and training that nonprofit community volunteers and employees need to lead and succeed.
For more than 13 years, Nonprofits First, Inc. has been the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants, and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of desired impact.
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