Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Wins Gold for Excellence in Communications

Toronto, May 5, 2008 –The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has been named a Gold award winner for excellence in communications by the 2008 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program. Sponsored by the Council on Foundations, a nonprofit 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 2006/2007 Annual Report was presented at “Philanthropy’s Vision: A Leadership Summit,” in National Harbor, Maryland, today. “We are honoured to receive this recognition,” said Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “This award in communications is a testament to the great dedication of our staff and their collaborative abilities.”

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, Tobi Asmoucha, Tim Hagen and Sean Wilson for their photography and MPH Graphics Inc. for the printing of the report.

Entries to the awards program included annual or biennial reports, magazines/periodicals, special reports, public information campaigns and websites. Ontario’s Greenbelt is the world’s largest and most diverse. It is 1.8 million acres of protected land that wraps around the Golden Horseshoe and encompasses the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, some 7,000 farms and hundreds of rural towns and villages. It is vital to the quality of life of Ontarians.

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.

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For a PDF version of this press release, click here. For further information please visit www.OurGreenbelt.ca, and contact: Jennifer Asselin, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, tel: (416) 960-0001, email: jasselin -at- ourgreenbelt.ca.

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