Honoring Pittsburghers who helped out during Covid

If you believe a Pittsburgh-area individual or nonprofit responded to the epidemic in a particularly notable way, now is the time to let the world know.

The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership recently announced an effort to recognize individuals and organizations that significantly helped their community during the pandemic. Principally in terms of relief projects and initiatives to fight for racial equity and justice.

The awards will be announced during the 2021 GPNP Virtual Summit in October.

In a news release, GPNP Director Colleen Young noted that Many nonprofit organizations and leaders immediately innovated, cooperated, and extended their services to address the numerous challenges of the epidemic and the consequent increase in racial inequalities.  At their yearly summit, they wanted to put a spotlight on that vital work and honor NGOs for their tireless service.

According to the news release, the winners will be chosen by a GPNP-approved committee. They will receive small cash prizes that GPNP is encouraging groups to use to congratulate staff for the work they have done.

The summit, that usually draws more than 1,000 people, will be held virtually from October 13th to the 15th.

The awards ceremony will honor the winners and tell the stories of many of the nominees. It will take place during an in-person event on the evening of October 15th that will conclude the 2021 summit.

According to the press release, this year’s summit will put more emphasis on healing. Trying to connect, and building a fair region for all with UPMC as the presenting sponsor.

The Forbes Fund’s GPNP project is defined on its website as an expanding coalition of over 500 nonprofit organizations. These companies are utilising their collective power, together.

The 2021 GPNP Summit provides a flexible space to explore how to best respond to pressures and surprises said Fred Brown, president and CEO of The Forbes Funds, in a press release. He added that this year’s summit may be one of the most significant and enlightening of our time. Due to the nonprofit sector seeks to assist the region in transitioning from merely surviving to actually thriving.

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