Hamilton Square, N.J., September 13, 2022- Liz Erickson Impact Award honoree Calvin B. Thomas, Jr., Community Award honoree New Jersey Center for Nonprofits, and Corporate Award honoree Bryn Mawr Trust, a WSFS Company, have been selected as this year’s Impact Awards recipients for their commitment to community service. The Impact Awards are conferred every year by NonProfitConnect, the Mercer County–based nonprofit committed to building an increasingly diverse, skilled, and engaged group of nonprofit board and staff leaders. The honorees will be celebrated at NonProfitConnect’s Annual Impact Awards event on Wednesday, November 2, starting at 5:30 p.m at the Mercer Oaks Golf Course in West Windsor. This year’s sponsors including presenting sponsor Your Part-Time Controller, platinum sponsors NRG and NJM Insurance Group, and gold sponsor Stark & Stark.
“As an organization committed to building nonprofit capacity, we continue to recognize and honor individuals and organizations in our community who are engaging fellow community members and giving of themselves,” said Allison Howe, NonProfitConnect’s executive director.
Calvin Thomas Jr. is being recognized with the Liz Erickson Impact Award. The award is named for the late Elizabeth Erickson, a champion for Princeton-area community service. Mr. Thomas is retiring this year after making an impact in several nonprofit spaces throughout Mercer County. In particular, Mr. Thomas is the face and founding leader of TAS (Trenton Area Stakeholders), an extended and diverse support network with hundreds of community and organizational leaders, working together to create new and innovative solutions to complex challenges. The strength of these efforts positively impacts youth and families of Greater Trenton in seven critical categories: Health; Education; Safety; Recreation & Arts; Job Training & Employment; Transitional & Permanent Housing; and Economic Development.
Calvin B. Thomas, Jr. is the principal and managing partner of Renewing the Mind, LLC. As a father and son partnership, Renewing the Mind, LLC conducts a youth leadership development program titled “Healthy Relationships, Healthy Choices” in partnership with The Father Center of New Jersey. The program is designed to train and develop the leadership skills of high school male students to overcome obstacles that hinder success.
The Community Award, which recognizes a nonprofit that is making a significant impact will go to the New Jersey Center for Nonprofits. Since 1982, the Center has been a resource and advocate for nonprofits throughout New Jersey. Under Executive Director Linda Czipo’s leadership, their advocacy efforts have resulted in creating a more nonprofit friendly political environment in New Jersey. This unique nonprofit collects, analyzes and shares statistics on nonprofit board and employee demographics, providing a resource for the nonprofit sector to understand what direction to go next.
Bryn Mawr Trust, a WSFS Company, will be awarded the Corporate Award for ongoing commitment to collaborating with nonprofits. Throughout the pandemic, Elizabeth B. Wagner, Senior Vice President & Director, Institutional Wealth Management and Cynthia Ricker, Vice President, Private Banking facilitated online networking and conversations for nonprofit leaders to connect and problem solve together. When it was finally time to reconnect in person with COVID waning, Bryn Mawr Trust hosted a reception to bring together nonprofit leaders, with a backdrop of paintings from the Arts Council of Princeton and the YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center.
For more information about the award recipients or for tickets to attend the Annual Impact Awards, go to NonProfitConnectNJ.org or contact the executive director, Allison Howe, at allison@NonProfitConnectNJ.org or call 609-921-8893.
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NonProfitConnect is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. NonProfitConnect enhances the impact of greater Mercer County nonprofits by building an increasingly diverse, skilled, and engaged group of board and staff leaders. Through strengthening governance practices and leadership capacity, we help nonprofits maximize the impact of their programming for the communities they serve.