Submitted by Jean Butzen on January 15, 2009 - 05:59

And the Semi-Finalists Are...Lodestar Foundation Announces 8 Finalists for Collaboration Prize

This is an update to an earlier entry I wrote about The Collaboration Prize, being offered jointly by the Lodestar Foundation and the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan Alliance (AIM). This unique competition will award a cash prize of $250,000 to the best nonprofit collaboration in the country. Out of a total of 644 entries received for The Collaboration Prize,the blue ribbon selection committee narrowed the list down to the top thirty collaborations last December. Today the Lodestar Foundation and AIM announced the top eight finalists for the award, out of which the eventual winner will be chosen on Mar. 5th. The eight finalists are:

  1. Cancer Vaccine Collaborative, New York, New York, cancer research collaboration promoting learning over competition
  2. Chattanooga Museums Collaboration, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Administrative collabortion among The Creative Discovery Museum, The Hunter Museum of American Art, and the Tennessee Aquarium
  3. Crittenton Women's Union, Boston, Massachusetts, Merger of two organizations serving low-income women
  4. Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas, Merger among the Dallas Children's Museum, The Science Place, and Dallas Museum of Natural History
  5. New York Law Help Consortium, New York, New York, Collaboration among legal services organizations serving at-risk new parents
  6. Ready, Set, Parent, Buffalo and Lackawanna, New York, Collaboration between organizations supporting at-risk new parents
  7. ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia, Ilwaco, Washington, Merger of two community development financial institutions
  8. YMCA/JCC Integration, Sylvania, Ohio, (Greater Toledo), Merger of Jewish Community Center and Young Men's Christian Association in Greater Toledo 

Congratulations to all the finalists!