Created in 2006, the program provides recipients with resources to bolster their skills while providing support at a critical time in their tenure. This year's recipients, whose organizations will each receive $100,000, were chosen based on their entrepreneurial leadership ability, track record in increasing the impact of their organization's work, success in instituting sound financial management, and demonstrated success as a leader in the community.
This year's Exponent Award winners are Lindsey Buss, president and CEO of Martha's Table, which provides food, clothing, and education services to low-income and homeless families; Ana Lopez, executive director of Community Bridges, which works to help young immigrant girls realize their potential; Kelly Sweeney McShane, executive director of Community of Hope, which works to improve the lives of homeless families; Jonathan M. Smith, executive director of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, which protects the legal rights of people living in poverty; and David Andrew Snider, producing artistic director and CEO of the Young Playwrights' Theater, which strives to give a voice to young people through playwriting.
"Nonprofit leaders are the often invisible heroes of our communities, and in this economy they are being asked to do so much more with so much less," said Meyer Foundation president and CEO Julie L. Rogers. "Each of these leaders demonstrates astute business skills, an unwavering passion for their mission, and the creativity, resilience, and agility needed to navigate their organizations through challenge and change."