SAS Executive Director, Mary Pichette, travelled to Toronto at the end of November to attend the 14th annual Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services. Servants Anonymous Society (Surrey) is very proud to announce that it has won the Donner Award in the category of Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse and has also received the prestigious Donner Canadian Foundation Award.
The Donner Awards is Canada’s largest and most prestigious awards program for non-profit organizations. A total of $60,000 is to be won, with a total of nine awards granted. The Donner Awards Program serves to encourage the spirit of initiative and independence, and represents an important step forward in the development of an objective, quantifiable system for measuring non-profit performance. As Canada’s largest and most prestigious non-profit recognition program it has three main goals:
- To recognize and reward excellence in social service provision by Canadian non-profit organizations.
- To assist non-profits in their pursuit of excellence by providing them with important performance information.
- To raise public awareness about their important contribution to Canadian civil society.
The Donner Awards Program serves to encourage the spirit of initiative and independence, and represents an important step forward in the development of an objective, quantifiable system for measuring non-profit performance. The prestigious William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, valued at $20,000,
The Donner Award is presented to the organization that exhibits the highest level of excellence among the category award recipients in its delivery of social services.
In addition, the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management, launched in 2004, is presented to a non-profit organization whose consistent record of excellence and innovation in management and service delivery reflects the philosophy of Peter F. Drucker, the founding father of the study of modern management.
The Donner Awards Program helps Canadians make wise giving decisions by establishing clear and objective criteria for measuring the performance of non-profits relative to their peers. Finalists are permitted to use the Donner Awards Program logo to communicate to donors, members, and volunteers that their organization has demonstrated excellence in non-profit management and social service delivery.
The Fraser Institute administers the awards program on behalf of the Donner Canadian Foundation. William H. Donner established the Donner Canadian Foundation in 1950. It is now one of Canada’s largest, and oldest, private foundations dedicated to supporting projects that emphasize self-reliance, individual initiative and independence.
The Fraser Institute developed the evaluation protocol in 1997 with input from the Canadian Cancer Society (BC & Yukon Division), the Trillium Foundation, and Family Services Canada.
The first annual awards were launched in 1998. By rewarding excellence, and encouraging best practices and greater accountability, the long-term goal of the Donner Awards Program is to increase public confidence and support for Canada’s non-profit sector