The DonorPerfect Community Impact Award recognizes the work and dedication of those in the field who leverage their position, skills, and experience to lift up others.

Read on to learn about the nominees.

The DonorPerfect Community Impact Award winner will receive:

  • A trip to Philadelphia to attend the DonorPerfect Community Network Conference (Includes flight/travel and 2-night hotel stay)
  • A $500 donation to their organization to fund their impact project
  • A panel seat at an interactive DPCNC award winner session
  • An honorary dinner with DonorPerfect staff
  • A personalized award plaque

The voting period has ended. Thank you so much for voting and sharing! The winner will be announced live at the 2018 DonorPerfect Community Network Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Want to attend? Buy tickets today!



Meet the Nominees

Rachel Segobia

Rachel Segobia, Executive Director at Lee’s Summit CARES

A savvy fundraiser and game-changing visionary, Rachel Segobia has achieved more in her four years as Executive Director at Lee’s Summit CARES than most do in decades of serving an organization.

Through her holistic view of CARES’ mission, the entire community of Lee’s Summit now looks to Rachel and her team for their youth services and parenting support programs.

Under Rachel’s direction and her strategic collaboration with their board, grant income has increased by 40%, individual donations have grown by 50%, and fundraising income has increased by 15%.

By partnering with local organizations, Rachel brought new life to existing programs that offer parenting classes to low income families and a prep program for college-bound seniors that equips them to make good decisions. In addition to revitalizing programs, Rachel has expanded them. Most recently, she created a youth mental health task force that focuses on teen suicide prevention.

Although Lee’s Summit CARES existed for 35 years, not many members of the community knew about their organization until Rachel created partnerships and outreach initiatives to spotlight their important work.

Because of Rachel’s collaborative spirit and dedication to her staff, organization, and community as a whole, more and more citizens are connecting with Lee’s Summit CARES to receive much needed services and support as well as contribute to their wonderful mission.

Learn more about Lee’s Summit CARES.

Learn more about Rachel.

Teresa Jackson

Teresa Jackson, CEO and Executive Director at Sharing Life

In 1992, Teresa was as a single mother of three boys in desperate need of help. When she sought assistance at her local food pantry, she was met by people who were unkind to her and made her feel helpless and ashamed. Rather than allowing this trying time to break her, Teresa felt called to help others who find themselves in similar situations. She founded Sharing Life Community Outreach in 1999.

Through her organization, Teresa and her team offer people in need the ability to seek and obtain help with dignity. Sharing Life provides nutritious food in a grocery-store setting, rental and utility assistance, financial empowerment training, job training, gently-used clothing, and medical equipment in a loving and compassionate environment.

Teresa’s out-of-the-box approach to community outreach landed Sharing Life two major pilot programs: becoming the Hub for the North Texas Food Bank and collaborating with Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation and Pieces Iris to develop a cloud-based case management system that is now used across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Due to the recent success of these pilot programs, Sharing Life has moved further into the food deserts, feeding more families. Sharing Life would not be such a thriving, growing, exceptional agency without the robust leadership of Teresa Jackson.

Learn more about Sharing Life.

Learn more about Teresa.

Judy Cockerton

Judy Cockerton, Founder and CEO of Treehouse Foundation

In 1999, Judy Cockerton’s husband handed her a newspaper article about an infant in foster care that was a catalyst for the couple to become foster parents. Her foster parent experiences inspired her to become a foster/adoptive parent and begin re-envisioning foster care in America.

In 2002, Judy established the Treehouse Foundation to build intergenerational communities designed to move children out of foster care into permanent, loving families. The Treehouse vision:  Every child rooted in family and community.

Over 100 people live in the first award winning Treehouse Community, which includes 12 family townhouses and 48 cottages for elders. Treehouse is a vibrant neighborhood where parents and elders invest in the hopes, dreams, lives and futures of the next generation.

in Judy’s Treehouse Community kids are thriving, staying safe, graduating from high school and going on to college and jobs. The result:  the Treehouse model is being replicated around the country, with sites going up in California and the MetroWest area of Boston.

Not only is Judy a visionary with stellar achievements, she is extremely kind and loving, which is why she has been so successful at building partnerships among many stakeholders. Judy uses her gifts, skills, and experience to inspire others to become resources to children. She is known for leveraging people, dollar and idea resources in compelling new ways to better serve our nation’s youth. Her favorite expression:  Onward and Upward For the Kids!

Learn more about Treehouse Foundation.

Learn more about Judy.

Emily Ramstetter

Emily Ramstetter, Operations Manager & Chief of Staff at GirlForward

While the duties of an operations manager aren’t usually thought of as “inspiring,” Emily goes above and beyond her job description to champion GirlForward’s mission of creating and enhancing opportunities for refugee girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.

As operations manager, Emily does everything from managing our communications to making sure our printers have ink to updating our online wish lists so the girls in our programs have the supplies they need.

In addition to Emily’s willingness and enthusiasm to reach beyond the requirements of her role wherever and whenever she can make an impact, Emily dedicates herself to creating an inclusive and positive work culture and organizational structure at GirlForward.

A restless seeker and a passionate creative, Emily sends quick emails throughout the week with inspiration she gained while looking at other organizations’ social media pages or reading articles connected with GirlForward’s mission.

At meetings and special trainings, Emily is always thinking about how to make staff gatherings and collaborations better, whether that means ordering lunch or adjusting the scheduling to accommodate everyone.

Emily’s commitment to justice and equity shines through all of her work at GirlForward, and her actions and attitude encourage each individual on the team to be better at their job. GirlForward is a stronger organization because of Emily’s dedication to the communities she serves both in our office and in the mission field and to creating a better world for all.

Learn more about GirlForward.

Learn more about Emily.

by Emily Patz

Aug 20 18
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