The Lodestar Foundation Announces Semifinalists For The 2011 Collaboration Prize

January 03, 2011
Organizations prove that working together can achieve greater social good; Eight finalists to be selected and awarded a total of $250,000

PHOENIX, Ariz., January 3, 2010 – The Lodestar Foundation, an organization dedicated to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy, today announced 20 semifinalists for the 2011 Collaboration Prize, a national award designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations.

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The 20 semifinalists were selected from more than 800 nominations.

“The pool of applicants for the 2011 Prize exceeded our expectations and provided an array of impressive and innovative collaborations from which to choose,” said Jerry Hirsch, The Lodestar Foundation Chairman. “The selected semifinalists, who successfully leveraged human and financial resources to achieve greater impact, will now serve as models of collaboration for others in the nonprofit sector – showcasing how working together can bring about extraordinary results.”

The following 20 collaborations, listed in alphabetical order, exemplify the positive impact that can result from a partnership.

· Adoption Coalition of Texas in Austin, Texas

· Aris Solutions White in River Junction and Springfield, Vermont

· Chicago Cultural Alliance in Chicago, Illinois

· Community Voice Mail Federation in Seattle, Washington

· Feed More, Inc. in Richmond, Virginia

· Genesee Valley Health Partnership in Dansville, New York

· Graduate! Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

· Gulf Coast Consortia in Galveston and Houston, Texas

· Ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio

· MACC CommonWealth Services, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota

· MARC Custom Medical Products in Fletcher, North Carolina

· Merger of Network for Good and Groundspring in Bethesda, Maryland

· Northern Sierra Partnership in San Francisco, Truckee and Quincy, California

· Plays for Young Audiences in Minneapolis, Minnesota

· Sunset Park Alliance for Youth in Brooklyn, New York

· The Children’s Trust of South Carolina in Columbia and Chapin, South Carolina

· The Tessitura Network in St. Petersburg, Florida

· The WAICU Collaboration Project in Madison, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Kenosha, Ashland, Ripon, and De Pere, Wisconsin

· Well City Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

· Westside Infant-Family Network in Venice and Culver City, California

About The 2011 Collaboration Prize

The collaboration must involve two or more nonprofit organizations. Each collaboration will be judged on the extent to which it demonstrates improved effectiveness in achieving social good; more effectively uses human and financial resources; represents an innovative response to a specific challenge or opportunity; and exhibits characteristics that would demonstrate that the collaboration is a model for the field, sector, or community.

Out of these 20 semifinalists, the Selection Panel – a group chaired by Sterling Speirn, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and comprised of elite philanthropists and leaders of major philanthropic foundations – will choose eight finalists who will receive $12,500 and the grand prize winner, to be chosen from among the eight, will receive an additional $150,000. The finalists will be announced in early February 2011 and the grand prize winner will be announced in April 2011. For more information, please visit

The Lodestar Foundation

The Lodestar Foundation is a grantmaking organization devoted to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy and provides funds nationally and internationally to organizations that support its mission. In support of this mission, Lodestar created the Collaboration Prize in 2009 to identify achievements in collaboration as models for inspiration and replication. True to the spirit of collaboration, the Lodestar Foundation has partnered with AIM Alliance, the Foundation Center, La Piana Consulting and other foundation and nonprofit leaders to support the 2011 Prize. Please visit for more information.

For more information, contact:
Lois Savage, The Lodestar Foundation

602-840-4800 x 20