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The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation Announces 2015 Halo Award Winners

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation is pleased to announce the following 2015 Halo Award Winners:

  • LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and Katherine Ford
  • Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging and Gerrie Wormser
  • OPCC and Blake Richetta
  • San Bernardino Symphony and Judy Podskalan
  • Valley Family Center and Gonzalo Curiel
  • CARECEN and Billy Garcia

The original idea for the Halo Award grew out of a desire to reward volunteers doing exemplary work in their communities and to support critical capacity building focused on strengthening nonprofit volunteer programs in Greater Los Angeles. The dual purposes of the award emphasize and celebrate the partnership between individual volunteers and the nonprofits with whom they work. This year, the Foundation received more than 180 applications from worthy nonprofit organizations, making the process incredibly competitive.  The Halo Award Committee, tasked with selecting the ultimate winners, was comprised of nonprofit and foundation leaders:

  • Lisa Anderson, Return to Work Program Manager, The Salvation Army - Haven
  • Joe Castaneda, Executive Director, El Centrito Family Learning Centers (2014 Halo Awardee)
  • Cathy Friedman, Associate Director, Peace Over Violence (2013 Halo Awardee)
  • Kristina Deutsch, Advisory Committee Member, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation
  • Samuel Gonzalez, Director of TAY Programs, Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services
  • Joe Womac, Executive Director, Specialty Family Foundation

Throughout the award process, it became clear just how cherished and important committed volunteers are in the nonprofit sector of Greater Los Angeles.  The Halo Award Committee found it challenging to choose from such a stellar group of applicants.  What tipped the scales for the winners were their individual strategies to strengthen their volunteer programs in sustainable ways, an important focus for The Foundation.

The number of applications also demonstrates the importance of funding for capacity building around volunteer management. We are honored to have a chance to reward and learn from this year’s Halo Award winners, and we look forward to hearing what thoughtful ideas next year’s applicants have for building their own capacity around attracting, developing, and/or sustaining their volunteers.  If you are interested in learning more or partnering with us, please contact Jacqueline Chun, Program Officer, at [email protected] or (310)453-0055 ext. 5.

The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation anticipates starting the 6th year of the Halo Award process in spring 2016. Check their website for updates.

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