Toronto, June 3, 2009 –The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to have received a Bronze Award for excellence in communications by the 2009 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program. Sponsored by the Council on Foundations, a non-profit membership association of more than 2,100 grant making foundations and corporations, the award recognizes effective communication efforts to increase public awareness of foundations and corporate giving programs.
The award for the Greenbelt Foundation’s 2007/2008 Annual Report was presented at the Council’s 60th Annual Conference in Atlanta Georgia in May. “It is a great honour to receive this recognition,” said Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “A lot of time and effort goes into producing our Annual Report and this award in communications just goes to reiterate what great dedication our staff has.”
The Foundation sincerely thanks award-winning book designer Peter Sibbald Brown for the impeccable design and layout of the report, Diana Crosbie of Crosbie Communications for her expertise in communicating the Foundation’sgoals and accomplishments to the public as well as Laura Berman and Tim Hagen for their photography, Chris Brackley from As the Crow Flies cARTography for the maps and MPH Graphics Inc. for the printing of the report.
The awards, which originated in 1984, showcase the ways foundations and corporate giving programs use communications strategies and techniques to advance their grant making goals. This is the second award for theFoundation. In 2008 the Foundation received Gold in the same category.
Entries to the awards program included annual or biennial reports, magazines/periodicals, special reports, public information campaigns and websites.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation began its work in June 2005 as an independent, charitable foundation with a mandate to fund organizations in support of farming, the environment and rural communities located in Ontario's Greenbelt.