We know that nonprofits have a tremendous impact on quality of life for all residents of Kansas and we want to recognize individuals and organizations that make exemplary contributions to the success of Kansas nonprofits. To be nominated, an individual or organization must reside in the state of Kansas.
Colin McKenney is CEO of Starkey, Inc., a Wichita nonprofit organization founded in 1930 that serves more than 400 individuals with intellectual disabilities through employment, residential, life enrichment, transportation and case management programs. Prior to joining Starkey in 2012, McKenney was president and CEO of Multi Community Diversified Services in McPherson, and had previously served as director of the Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization between 2000 and 2008. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Wichita State University. He serves on the boards of InterHab, a statewide advocacy and education network, and the Rotary Club of West Wichita. He and his wife, Brenda, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this summer, and aren’t shy when it comes to talking about their amazing daughter and son, who grew up much too quickly.
EXCELLENCE IN NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP AWARD: This award honors a nonprofit leader (CEO, Executive Director, or member of the Executive Team) whose distinguished achievements have resulted in significant progress toward improving a community issue. They must work on behalf of a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose program(s) serve Kansas. Recognized by their peers as a leader in the sector, this person demonstrates excellence in leadership and management, and inspires others to achieve meaningful, measurable, and sustainable results.
EXCELLENCE IN NONPROFIT GOVERNANCE AWARD: Recognizes a Nonprofit Board Member that demonstrates effective nonprofit governance practices (i.e. demonstrates exceptional ability and dedication in actualizing the mission of the organization, excels in attracting new resources to the organization). Exemplifies ethical and impactful voluntary leadership. Fosters a positive Board culture that is reflective of the organization's values.
EXHIBITING INNOVATION AWARD: Recognizes a nonprofit organization that is using creative applications and nontraditional approaches to solving internal or community challenges. This award is intended to honor true innovation in the work of a nonprofit. The achievements of the organization must be relevant (i.e. should have taken place within approximately the last 12-18 months.)
EXTRA MILE AWARD: Recognizes a nonprofit volunteer who has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to a nonprofit or multiple nonprofit organizations. Active volunteerism can be ongoing or linked to a specific project or cause that has made a huge impact.
NONPROFIT CHAMPION AWARD: Recognizes an individual or organization that has provided support to the nonprofit sector that demonstrates visionary leadership in improving the community through collaboration and support of nonprofit organizations. Has contributed significantly to the quality of life in the community through professional and civic activities or involvement.
CORPORATE GIVING BACK AWARD: Recognizes a for profit business that promotes individual and group volunteerism among their employees and participates in activities that support nonprofit organizations in Kansas.