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2016 Halo Award Winners

Publication date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016

The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation is pleased to announce the following 2016 Halo Award Winners:

Centinela Youth Services, Inc.
Volunteer: Denise Yusuff

Foothill Unity Center
Volunteer: Janet Wall

Volunteer: Brandon Smith

Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Volunteer: Tonie Neuwirth

Public Counsel
Volunteer: Paula Bennett

Strength United
Volunteer: Cibele Souza

The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation received numerous applications from worthy nonprofit organizations making it clear just how cherished and important committed volunteers are in the nonprofit sector of Los Angeles County. What tipped the scale for the winners were their individual strategies to strengthen their volunteer programs in sustainable ways, an important focus for the Foundation. More information about the winners and Selection Committee is on the Foundation's website.

The Foundation's Halo Award Selection Committee, tasked with selecting the winners, was comprised of the following nonprofit and foundation leaders:

Alex Morales, President & CEO
Children’s Bureau of Southern California

Daniel McWhirter, Director of Programs
Bresee Foundation – 2013 Halo Award Winner

Jennifer Price-Letscher, Senior Program Officer
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Kristina Deutsch, Advisory Committee
The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation

Martha Arevalo, Executive Director
CARECEN – 2015 Halo Award Winner

Sean Ostrovsky, Senior Program Officer
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

Victoria Lanier, Executive Director
Education Through Music – Los Angeles

The number of applications also demonstrates the importance of funding for capacity building around volunteer management. The Foundation is honored to have a chance to reward and learn from this year’s Halo Award winners, and looks 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 about this program, please contact Jacqueline Chun, Senior Program Officer, at [email protected] or (310)453-0055 ext. 5.

The Foundation anticipates beginning the 7th year of the Halo Award in spring 2017. Detailed information about the Halo Award is on the website

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