The Awards

Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award

This award will be given to a nonprofit that measures success not just by meeting its mission, but by affecting the surrounding community. Impact goes beyond the number of children served, shelters provided, and mouths fed. Impact looks at how the organization impacted the Long Island community as a whole, and how the results have been measured.


Certilman Balin Leadership Excellence Award

This award recognizes an exemplary nonprofit leader (who may be an Executive Director, board member, staff member, volunteer, etc.) whose accomplishments have advanced his/her organization. The leader must work in and reside in either Nassau or Suffolk Counties. This is not about traditional volunteering, directors, or funding, but focuses on innovation in driving organizational change and social impact.


Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Arts & Culture Award

This award is available to any arts and/or cultural organization that has had a significant impact on Long Island. This includes organizations that have had a significant, measurable impact on their community, developed new and/or innovative programming, developed effective fee-generating programs, or have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their artistic and/or cultural field.


Empire National Bank Innovation Award

This nonprofit has been innovative in adopting new platforms that have led to a significant increase in the organization’s ability to meet its mission. This could include the implementation of technology that enables the organization to achieve cost savings and better communication; a strategic approach to fundraising; a unique and effective public relations campaign; etc.


Flushing Bank Rising Star Award

This award will recognize a nonprofit generating under $2 million in revenue for its outstanding innovation, impact, and achievements in meeting its mission. The award will be given to an organization who demonstrates an outstanding record of sustained achievement, has successfully demonstrated successful financial performance, and has built a reputation for excellence within the community.

The Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award:
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth

The Cerini & Associates Social Entrepreneurism Award:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

The Empire National Bank Innovation Award:
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island

The Business Exchange Rising Star Award:
Best Buddies New York

The Certilman Balin Leadership Award:
Lillian Julien, COPE Foundation

The Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award:
Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc.

The Bank of America/U.S. Trust Social Entrepreneurism Award:
eWorks Electronics Service, Inc.

The Empire National Bank Innovation Award:
Henry Viscardi at The Viscardi Center

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Rising Star Award:
Patient AirLift Services

The Business Exchange Leadership Award:
Randi Shubin Dresner, Island Harvest

The Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award:
Peconic Land Trust

The Pilot Benefits Innovation Award:
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk, Inc.

The Nixon Peabody Leadership Award:
Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN)

The Social Enterprise Alliance Long Island Chapter Social Entrepreneurism Award:
Federation Employment and Guidance Services, Inc. (FEGS)

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Rising Star Award:
RotaCare, Inc.

The Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award:
Island Harvest

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Rising Star Award:
Wyandanch Homes and Property Development Corporation

The Nixon Peabody Leadership Award:
Center for Science Teaching & Learning

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University Innovation Award:
Long Island Crisis Center

The Capital One Bank Social Entrepreneurism Award:
UCP of Nassau County

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