Announcing the Grand Prize Winner

AgeWell Pittsburgh is the winner of the Collaboration Prize — a national award designed to spotlight exceptional models of permanent collaboration among nonprofit organizations. This nonprofit partnership, which supports older adults and their caregivers in leading healthy and independent lives, will receive the grand prize of $150,000.

About AgeWell Pittsburgh:

What began 14 years ago as a partnership among the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (JCC), Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), and Jewish Association on Aging (JAA) formed to respond to a federal innovation grant has deeply connected three Pittsburgh organizations serving seniors. AgeWell Pittsburgh has reduced duplication of services and confusion for consumers. Staff at every level are engaged with teams of their peers in operating the collaboration and there is shared responsibility for planning, budgeting, and fundraising for the collaborative. Through AgeWell Pittsburgh, the three agencies have been able to rethink both services and service delivery. In 2011, AgeWell Pittsburgh implemented an outcome measurement tool to collect data across all three agencies that is used to strengthen services. The focus on the community and on outcomes has reoriented the cultures of the three agencies. Today 96% of the 7,000 seniors enrolled in AgeWell Pittsburgh services maintain non-institutional status. These results have made Age Well Pittsburgh a model that is being replicated in other communities with the same collaborative structure and spirit.

About the Collaboration Prize:

The Collaboration Prize helps raise awareness of collaboration as a powerful and strategic way for nonprofits to increase their impact. A selection panel comprising major funders of nonprofit collaboration reviewed more than 350 applications from qualified nonprofits for the Prize.

To be considered for the Prize, collaborations needed to be between two or more nonprofits, have a formal written agreement and be in operation for at least 18 months.

The legacy of the Prize is the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, a resource of effective collaboration models among nonprofits. The database currently contains information on more than 650 collaborations, not including the new models from the 2017 Prize process. Nonprofits and other interested organizations can access the easily searchable database at www.grantspace.org/collaboration.

For interviews with spokespersons from AgeWell Pittsburgh or from the 2017 Collaboration Prize, please contact Sangeetha Sarma at 301-395-5227 or ssarma@vancomm.com. For more information about the Collaboration Prize and all eight finalists, please visit www.thecollaborationprize.org/finalists.html. For information about AgeWell Pittsburgh, please visit www.agewellpgh.org.

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