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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership

2016 Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership

Nomination Information

Nominations due Feb. 26

Submissions and Questions:

About the Award

The Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership honors the spirit and life work of Dorothy Richardson, a Pittsburgh, PA resident who refused to allow her neighborhood to succumb to the long-term effects of decay and lack of public and private investment in the mid-1960s.  Dorothy’s vision of how to revitalize and preserve her neighborhood resulted, more than 40 years ago, in a new kind of community/government/private sector partnership, the first “Neighborhood Housing Services.”   Dorothy’s success changed the nation's approach to urban redevelopment and spawned the new field of community-based development; the model of partnership she pioneered became the foundation for today’s NeighborWorks America network.  First awarded by NeighborWorks America in 1992, the Dorothy Richardson Award was created to recognize and support resident and community leaders across our network for the essential role they play in strengthening communities.  Selection is based on nominees’ proven ability to share a vision, stay focused and determined, inspire their neighbors, and bring people together to create positive change.  This is a highly inclusive award and we encourage a broad diversity of nominees. Please consider nominating youth and young adults.

Dorothy Richardson Resident Leader Awardees and their nominating organization receive:

  • Scholarship and travel costs to attend the National Community Leadership Institute where they will be recognized at a special awards ceremony[1].
  • A $5,000 grant to the nominating organization to support resident leadership development
  • Support from NeighborWorks America to tell the story and promote the impact of the awardee and resident leaders in community development

Goals of the Award

  • Celebrate the legacy of Dorothy Richardson and honor individuals who exemplify her approach to community leadership;
  • Recognize, honor, and promote the accomplishments of resident leaders whose work has resulted in positive change in their communities;
  • Highlight leadership efforts that engage a diverse group of community residents;
  • Inspire other residents to step forward in their communities;
  • Highlight the role community based nonprofit organizations play in working closely with resident leaders to create vibrant and strong neighborhoods and
  • Underscore the vital role played by resident engagement and leadership in the NeighborWorks network’s approach to community development.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The individual must be nominated by a NeighborWorks affiliate organization and must live and/or work in a community served by that organization.
  • The individual must have demonstrated commitment to a specific project, initiative or issue area with a tangible outcome within the last 1-5 years.
  • Individuals currently employed by NeighborWorks America affiliate organizations are ineligible[2].
  • This is an individual award; although an important criteria for selection is the individual’s collaborative work with others, please be aware that group submissions are not eligible for consideration.

[1] NeighborWorksAmerica preference is to register the nominee as part of your CLI team should he/she be selected as an awardee. 

[2] Exceptions may be made for individuals whose work as a volunteer resident leader took place prior to their paid employment with a NeighborWorks America affiliate organization.