VCG Celebrates 40 Years and Unveils New Award
Volunteer Consulting Group (VCG) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a March 10th reception at the Harvard Club and a new award named for VCG Founder, Brooke W. Mahoney, which recognizes outstanding board leadership in meeting the challenges of 2009.
VCG believes that outstanding work by boards of directors has been critical in 2009 as organizations faced challenges as varied as mission achievement, staff retention, and program continuity during the economic crisis.
This new award -- The Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership -- will be give annually.
Chairing the 40th Anniversary celebration is John C. Whitehead, one of VCG's founders and current Chair of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Joining him as Honorary Founding Co-Chairs of the event are: T.J. Dermot Dunphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kildare Enterprises, LLC; Harold Tanner, President of Tanner & Co., Inc.; and Byron R. Wien, Chairman of Advisory Services for Blackstone Group.
Almost 100 nominations have been received for the first annual Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership. Finalists will be announced in February.
"Vision is the key element of true leadership and Brooke was the epitome of the visionary," said Professor Thomas P. Ference (former VCG Board Chair). "She saw the coming shortage and the crucial need for new leadership at the Board table and in the executive role before anyone else. And she acted - the second mark of the leader - and we are all the better for it."
One winner and an honorable mention will be announced at VCG's 40th Anniversary celebration. The winning organization will receive a $2,500 gift. In addition, the winner, along with the runner-up, will receive a plaque; a year's membership in Governance Matters; and a board training session on a topic of their choice.
Long before "good governance" became a conference topic for the nonprofit sector, Brooke W. Mahoney, founder and leader of VCG for 38 years, set out to bring diverse, strong individuals into nonprofit board rooms. She believed that a board of directors was a "brain trust" critical to helping organizations achieve their missions.
"Brooke was determined to open the nonprofit board rooms of this city and, indeed, the nation to all citizens committed to giving back to their communities," said David LaGreca, Executive Director of VCG."This award in her honor will reflect her belief that effective boards are critical to the success of nonprofits."
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