Recipients of the 2009 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award and Organization Innovation Award, presented by the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University, fill special niches in social services and cultural arts in the Cleveland nonprofit scene.
This year's recipient of the Leadership Award is Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, for his contributions and service as a leader of Cleveland's prestigious philanthropic and social service organization. The Organization Award will go to the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) for its innovative work as a community organization, including notable achievements in audience participation and drawing national attention.
Hoffman and CIFF will receive the honors at the Mandel Center's annual Nonprofit Awards event on Tuesday, September 29, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ballroom at Park Lane Villa in Cleveland. Members of the community are invited to attend the reception, which will feature keynote speaker Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector—a national leadership forum for America's nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. During her talk, Aviv will explore the cascading effects of the recession on the nonprofit community at the local, regional and national levels. Hear about ways to transform the nonprofit sector's difficulties into an opportunity for the sector to reinvent itself.
"Steve leads by example, modeling values that have come to define the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland," notes Harley Gross, the Federation's board chair.
Hoffman is a leader in the local Jewish community, as well as the wider Cleveland community and elsewhere. His leadership and innovative initiatives as president of the Jewish Federation over the past 25 years have earned him national recognition as the "dean" of Federation directors in North America. He is considered one of the most respected Jewish community professionals worldwide.
His service reaches beyond Cleveland. He has served as president of the United Jewish Communities (150 Federations and 400 communities) and was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the United States delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Conference on Anti-Semitism in Berlin.
Locally, Hoffman is involved as a member of the Mandel School of Applied Social Science's Visiting Committee at the university, the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, United Way Services and the Musical Arts Association.
His innovative spirit has led the Federation in new directions in the areas of leadership development, volunteerism, education, next generation outreach and overseas connections.
"With Steve's guidance, the Federation has grown its annual fund, resulting in a dramatic increase in funds granted for charitable purposes," says Gross. The Federation gives approximately $100 million annually to support a variety of activities locally and around the world.
Recognized as one of the most important film events between New York and Chicago, CIFF has become a vital part of the Cleveland arts landscape.
Its mission over the past 33 years has been to promote film art through education programs and exhibiting new works for the silver screen.
Since 2003, festival attendance has increased by 90 percent, with this year's event in March closing its 11-day run with its largest audience ever of 66,872 admissions.
CIFF has used innovative programming to streamline festival offerings: categorizing films by catchy titles for different film genres to match the interests of film seekers.
Also new to CIFF is the Standing Up program, a category of "conscience" films that educate and offer the audience a new perspective on a range of life issues.
"For everyone, it is a great sense of togetherness, an annual tradition that adds to the creative mix of arts offerings in our area," says CIFF board member Jules Belkin. "It uniquely engages our audience in film and is filling a need that is not met by other organizations in the city."
For information, visit http://www.case.edu/mandelcenter/nonprofitawards/.
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