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Winners Archive

2013
David Campbell
Kent Hutcheson
Vy Higginsen
Barbara Van Dahlen

2012
Suzanne McKechnie Klahr
Daniel Reingold
Mark Goldsmith
Michael Dippy

2011
Maile Broccoli-Hickey
Rachel Doyle
Barbara Elliott and Sandy Schultz
Ann Higdon
Lee Ponsky

2010
Reverend John P. Foley, S.J.
Eric Greitens
Scott Stimpfel
David Umansky
Greg Zaff

2009
Adam Green
Garet Hil
Dave and Liane Phillips
Juan Rangel

2008
Richard Grausman
Robert L. Woodson Sr.
Rachel Lloyd
Susan McWhinney-Morse
Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney

2007
Toni Vaughn Heineman, D.M.H.
Rabbi Levi and Bassie Shemtov
Catherine Rohr
Robert Chambers
Addie Mix

2006
Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Richard C. Liebich
Amy Hamlin
Paige T. Ellison
Aaron Hurst

2005
Jose-Pablo Fernandez
Joan C. Mazzotti
Temp Keller
Reverend Mack McCarter

2004
John Sage
Al Sikes
ReDonna Rodgers
Jane Leu

2003
Amy Lemley and Deanne Pearn
Michael Tenbusch and Daniel Varner
Gerald Chertavian
Chad Pregracke
Sara Horowitz

2002
Dr. William S. Barnes
James G. Hunter
Jacob Schramm

2001
John and Catherine Dixon
Eric Adler and Rajiv Vinnakota
Mark Levine
Michael Danziger

The Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Each year since 2001, the Institute, in conjunction with a committee of distinguished scholars, practitioners, and foundation leaders, selects up to five individuals who have originated and effectively implemented a new nonprofit organization providing direct services to those in need. Nominations for the $25,000 awards are solicited not from the organizations or individuals themselves but from donors-who have already demonstrated their own belief in the organizations they nominate. In keeping with the social entrepreneurship program's emphasis on the vitality of American civil society, the award is directed toward those with original ideas brought to fruition with predominantly private support, rather than in response to government grant programs.

From 2001-10, the awards were known simply as the Social Entrepreneurship Awards. In 2011, in recognition of the singular role played by Richard C. Cornuelle in conceiving and supporting the program, the awards were renamed in his honor. In the years since their establishment, the awards have recognized individuals who have founded organizations effectively providing services addressing key social challenges: increasing opportunity for higher education for the disadvantaged; improving access to health care for those of low-income; helping the elderly "age in place", not in institutions; providing vocational education for urban high school graduates lacking job skills; job placement and mentoring for newly-released prisoners.

 

The 2013 Richard Cornuelle Award Winners Dinner Brochure     
David Campbell
All Hands Volunteers

Mattapoisett, MA
www.hands.org
Kent Hutcheson
Colorado Uplift

Denver, CO
www.coloradouplift.org
Vy Higginsen
Mama Foundation for the Arts

New York, NY
www.mamafoundation.org
Barbara Van Dahlen
Give an Hour

Bethesda, MD
www.giveanhour.org



The 2012 Richard Cornuelle Award Winners Dinner Brochure      PRESS RELEASE
Suzanne McKechnie Klahr
BUILD

Redwood City, CA
www.BUILD.org
Daniel Reingold
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention

Riverdale, New York
www.hebrewhome.org/abuserecovery.asp
Mark Goldsmith
Getting Out and Staying Out

New York, NY
www.gosonyc.org
Michael Dippy
IDignity

Orlando, FL
www.idignity.org



The 2011 Richard Cornuelle Award Winners Dinner Brochure     PRESS RELEASE
Maile Broccoli-Hickey
English At Work

Austin, TX
www.EnglishatWork.org
Rachel Doyle
Glamour Gals

Commack, NY
www.GlamourGals.org
Barbara Elliott and Sandy Schultz
Work Faith Connection

Houston, TX
www.WorkFaithConnection.org
Ann Higdon
Improved Solutions for Urban Systems

New York, NY
www.isusinc.com/
Lee Ponsky
MedWish

Cleveland, OH
www.MedWish.org




The 2010 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure    PRESS RELEASE
Rev. John P. Foley, S.J.
Cristo Rey Network

Chicago, IL
www.cristoreynetwork.org
Scott Stimpfel
REEO

South Pasadena, CA
www.reeo.org
Eric Greitens
The Mission Continues

St. Louis, MO
www.missioncontinues.org
David Umansky
Civic Builders

New York, NY
www.civicbuilders.org
Greg Zaff
SquashBusters

Roxbury Crossing, MA
www.nationalurbansquash.org




The 2009 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure
Adam Green
Rocking the Boat

New York, NY
www.rockingtheboat.org
Dave and Liane Phillips
Cincinnati Works

Cincinnati, OH
www.cincinnatiworks.org
Garet Hil
National Kidney Registry

Babylon, NY
www.kidneyregistry.org
Juan Rangel
United Neighborhood Organization

Chicago, IL
www.uno-online.org



The 2008 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure

Richard Grausman
C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program)

New York, NY
www.ccapinc.org

C-CAP exposes high school students to the prospect of a satisfying, well-paying career in the restaurant and hospitality industry through home economics classes in high schools and with C-CAP-run summer and after-school programs.

Susan McWhinney-Morse
Beacon Hill Village

Boston, MA
www.beaconhillvillage.org

The Beacon Hill Village helps elderly individuals remain at home and continue physically, socially, and intellectually active lives.

Robert L. Woodson Sr.
Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Washington D.C.
www.cneonline.org/pages/Violence-Free_Zone

The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise targets the plague of violence taking the lives of so many, and the disruption which undermines education in too many urban schools.

Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney
St. Bernard Project

New Orleans, LA
www.stbernardproject.org

The St. Bernard Project has rebuilt more than 135 individual homes (with 30 more in process), enlisting thousands of volunteers, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Rachel Lloyd
GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services)

New York, NY
www.gems-girls.org

Rachel Lloyd, the founder and director of New York City- based Girls Educational and Mentoring Service (GEMS) has made it her life work to rescue girls as young as 11 from the world of prostitution.




The 2007 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure

Toni Vaughn Heineman, D.M.H.
A Home Within, Inc.

San Francisco, CA
www.ahomewithin.org

Dr. Heineman established A Home Within to provide volunteer, high-quality psychological counseling to current and former foster children. Primarily in the San Francisco Bay area, she also has established an infrastructure for national growth.

Robert Chambers
Bonnie CLAC, (Credit Loans and Counseling)

Lebanon, NH
www.bonnieclac.org

Owning a car is often crucial to holding down a job. Robert Chambers started Bonnie CLAC to help lower income residents of New Hampshire buy new basic, reliable cars so that monthly loan charges would be reasonable, maintenance costs modest, and fuel costs economical.

Rabbi Levi and Bassie Shemtov
Friendship Circle

West Bloomfield, MI
www.friendshipcircle.com

Levi and Bassie Shemtov raised $5 million in private funding to help the Friendship Circle design and build a facility for the developmentally disabled to practice the life skills they’ll need to become independent adults.

Addie Mix
Reclaim A Youth

Glenwood, IL
www.reclaimayouth.org

Reclaim A Youth provides recreation for local kids and prepares local high school graduates for the difficult realities of college life through a college scholarship and orientation program for promising students in Chicago’s predominantly African-American south suburbs.

Catherine Rohr
Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Houston, TX
www.prisonentrepreneurship.org

Catherine Rohr designed the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) to channel the business skills many criminals possess toward legal activities. Nationally, almost two-thirds of ex-offenders wind up back in prison. The comparable figure for PEP graduates is five percent.




The 2006 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure

Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Inner City Neighborhood Art House

Erie, PA
www.eriebenedictines.org

In an abandoned garage in downtown Erie, Sister Mary Lou Kownacki and her skilled and accomplished faculty have brought literature, music, dance, and art to over 3,000 children since 1994.

Paige T. Ellison
Project K.I.D.—Responding to Kids in Devastation

Fairhope, AL
www.project-kid.org

Paige Ellison cobbled together the first Project K.I.D. PlayCare site six days after Hurricane Katrina left kids with no safe place to go. In four months, with determination and 220 volunteers, she had opened 12 such sites, serving 5,600 children.

Richard C. Liebich
Project Lead the Way

Clifton Park, NY
www.pltw.org

Richard Liebich established Project Lead the Way in 1997 to help schools give students the knowledge necessary to excel in hightech fields. Today, 200,000 students in 1,700 middle and high schools participate in PLTW programs.

Aaron Hurst
Taproot Foundation

San Francisco, CA
www.taprootfoundation.org

Aaron Hurst founded the Taproot Foundation in San Francisco to deliver infrastructure-building support to qualified nonprofit organizations. Since 2001, teams of Taproot volunteers have supported and strengthened over 500 nonprofit groups.

Amy Hamlin
Volunteers in Medicine Institute

Burlington, VT
www.vimi.org

Started by a lone physician in 1994, Volunteers in Medicine Institute has helped start 50 volunteer-based free primary-care clinics for the uninsured in 24 states. And Amy Hamlin has plans for hundreds more.

 



The 2005 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure

Jose-Pablo Fernandez
Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, Inc.

Houston, TX
www.mexico-info.com/mexicani.html

Jose-Pablo Fernandez began a computer literacy program for barely literate rural Mexican immigrants. Today graduates qualify for office jobs, start their own small web-based businesses, and help their children with homework.

Temp Keller
RISE (Resources for Indispensable Schools and Educators)

San Francisco, CA
www.risenetwork.org

Teach for America graduate Temp Keller founded this web-based system to recruit young, effective teachers trapped in failing schools and match them with good, mostly charter, “emerging” schools.

Joan C. Mazzotti
Philadelphia Futures for Youth

Philadelphia, PA
www.philadelphiafutures.org

Joan Mazzotti took over and radically transformed Philadelphia Futures, which prepares inner-city ninth-graders for four-year colleges, providing financial and mentoring support all the way through to graduation.

Reverend Mack McCarter
Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal

Shreveport, LA
www.sbcr.us

“Mack” McCarter revived the settlement house movement in poor neighborhoods of Shreveport. His seven Friendship Houses are a staging ground for tutoring, music lessons, preventive medical care, and neighborly support.




The 2004 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure

John Sage
Bridges To Life

Houston, TX
www.bridgestolife.org

John Sage started Bridges to Life after the horrific murder of his sister. Bridges brings volunteers to speak with felons in prison about the impact of crime in the belief that empathy and remorse will change the hearts of the men so they do not commit new crimes after their release.

ReDonna Rodgers
Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Milwaukee, WI
www.ceoofme.biz

ReDonna Rodgers founded CTE, which teaches Milwaukee African-American youth how to be entrepreneurs, seeking to revive the tradition of self-reliance she saw in her stepfather. CTE helps these children start and run their own small businesses.

Al Sikes
Reading Excellence & Discovery Foundation

New York, NY
www.readnyc.org

Al Sikes' READ Foundation pairs poor readers in grades K-2 with academically-successful teenagers to help these kids learn to read. Their efforts have helped over half of these kids improve their reading by a full grade level.

Jane Leu
Upwardly Global

San Francisco, CA
www.upwardlyglobal.org

Up Glo, headed by Jane Leu, acculturates immigrants to succeed in America, and works with employers to help them better understand the skills in the immigrant workforce.




The 2003 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure

Amy Lemley and Deanne Pearn
The First Place Fund for Youth

Oakland, CA
www.firstplacefund.org

FPYF, founded by Amy Lemley, provides safe, affordable housing and supportive service to former foster children who, upon reaching 18 years of age, are no longer supported by foster care. They work to provide these young adults with the skills needed to live independently.

Chad Pregracke
Living Lands and Waters

East Moline, IL
www.livinglandsandwaters.org

Chad Pregracke founded Living Lands and Water to clean up the banks of the Mississippi, along which he grew up. LL&W organizes thousands of volunteers and its four barges, which operate as a floating recycling center, to make America's greatest waterway a cleaner and safer place.

Michael Tenbusch and Daniel Varner
Think Detroit

Detroit, MI
www.thinkdetroit.org

Mike Tenbusch and Dan Varner founded Think Detroit to give Detroit kids access to the kinds of well-coached and well-equipped sports teams they had in their youth in Detroit. Over 5,000 children are currently enrolled, and TD has renovated five baseball diamonds in a previously dilapidated city park.

Sara Horowitz
Working Today

Brooklyn, NY
www.workingtoday.org

Sara Horowitz founded Working Today to represent the needs and concerns of the growing independent workforce. Her non-profit insurance brokerage provides portable, affordable health insurance products for self-employed individuals who otherwise might join the ranks of the uninsured.

Gerald Chertavian
Year Up

Boston, MA
www.yearup.org

Gerald Chertavian, a one-time software magnate, is the founder of Year Up, an intensive education and apprenticeship program for urban young (18-24) adults. The Program is aimed at placing these people, with limited skills but good attitudes, at IT help desks and other behind-the-scenes computer-dependent jobs.




The 2002 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure

Dr. William S. Barnes
Shepherd’s Hope, Inc

Orlando, FL
www.shepherdshope.org

Rev. William Barnes formed Shepherd's Hope to help working men and women who lacked health care benefits. His group organizes a staff of volunteers, including doctors and nurses, to run eight evening medical clinics for poor families without health insurance.

Jacob Schramm, Founder and CEO
College Summit

Washington, DC
www.collegesummit.org

College Summit, founded by J.B. Schramm, works to increase the number of college admissions among mid-tier, low-income kids. It runs workshops and training sessions designed to help them navigate the college admissions process.

James G. Hunter
New Jersey Orators

Somerset, NJ
www.njorators.org

New Jersey Orators is a public speaking training and competition program for African-American youth. Run on a volunteer basis by James Hunter, NJO provides an oasis for academically-oriented students.

 



The 2001 Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners Dinner Brochure

John (deceased) and Catherine Dixon
JUMP: Junior Uniformed Mentoring Program

Buffalo, NY

JUMP, a military-style after-school program for children in Buffalo, ceased operation following the death of its founder, John Dixon.

Mark Levine
Neighborhood Trust
Federal Credit Union/Credit Where Credit is Due

New York, NY
www.cwcid.org

Credit Where Credit is Due is a non-profit organization designed to increase low-income people's access to, understanding of, and control over financial services. In addition to operating a neighborhood credit union, it provides financial literacy education programs to youth and adults.

Eric Adler and Rajiv Vinnakota
The SEED Foundation

Washington, DC
www.seedfoundation.com

The SEED charter school, founded by Eric Adler and Rajiv Vinnakota, is a Washington, D.C. boarding school where kids learn in a safe, secure, and highly-structured environment. Recipient of many awards, the SEED School this year was selected to receive the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award, from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Michael Danziger
Steppingstone Foundation

Boston, MA
www.tsf.org

Steppingstone is an intensive academic program—both after-school and on Saturdays during the school year and over the summer—which helps poor children in Boston qualify for academically-selective public or private high schools. It is run by Michael Danziger, a former teacher.

 

 

 

 
 

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