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2019 Colorado Nonprofit Week Award Winners

The Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon is a time to recognize outstanding leaders and organizations joining a legacy of those positively impacting the nonprofit community. Meet this year’s award recipients and hear what the nominators said about our leaders.

Steve Graham Award for Building Nonprofit Capacity, sponsored by the Boettcher Foundation 

Rich Male, Richard Male & Associates

Rich Male knew at a young age he wanted to make a difference. For more than 40 years, he has done just that, providing mentorship and inspiring leadership to every community he’s been a part of. He is the Co-Founder of several pivotal organizations, including Community Resource Center, the Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Shares of Colorado. He is recognized both locally and nationally as a leading expert in growing and developing nonprofit organizations. When Rich looks back on his career, he says the biggest impact he’s made is through the mentoring and coaching he’s given to nonprofit professionals. We are proud to present the 2019 Steve Graham Award to Rich in recognition of his dedication to fostering the growth of Colorado nonprofits.

William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by the Boettcher Foundation

Yoli Casas, VIVE 

Yoli Casas has dedicated her life to building community by building physical bodies. Over the last 32 years, she has been a world class athlete, coach, health educator and volunteer who uses fitness as a tool to create healthy bodies, minds and communities. Even more importantly, she uses her talents to address health disparities in lower income communities. In 2015, Yoli founded ViVe, a nonprofit organization building wellness for families through education, empowerment and physical activities. For her work building stronger communities (both literally and metaphorically), Yoli Casas is one of our 2019 William Funk Award recipients.

William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by the Boettcher Foundation

Gail Engel, Grand Family Coalition

Gail Engel has faced many obstacles. The way she used these obstacles as a catalyst for change is what makes her truly remarkable. Finding herself in the position of raising her own grandchild, Gail recognized the lack of information and support available for grandparents. She began helping others navigate the complex system, rallied resources, and in 2014, founded Grand Family Coalition, a network of grandparents raising kin who support one another with resources and services. Gail’s only known job requirements are love, tenacity, and commitment to her family, her community and humanity. For this reason, Gail Engel is one of our 2019 William Funk Award recipients.

Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award, sponsored by the Daniels Fund

Bridge House

Bridge House was founded on the core belief that homelessness can be solved. By providing a range of programs and services for adults experiencing homelessness, they create bridges to opportunity with transparency and integrity. Their signature program, Ready to Work, aims to break the cycle of homelessness with paid work in a social enterprise, housing and supportive services. Bridge House embodies the Bill Daniels ethical principles by building trust and respect with clients and treating them with the dignity they deserve. For displaying these principles, Bridge House is this year’s Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award recipient.

Inclusiveness and Racial Equity Award, sponsored by The Denver Foundation

Tri-County Health Network

Tri-County Health Network is most proud of having tough conversations to ensure all community members are represented. This network of providers is improving health in rural Southwest Colorado by identifying, developing and operating community programs focused on racial equity and inclusion. They are committed to increasing access to health care and community services so that the Latinx population is never left behind. Tri-County Health Network is a leading nonprofit in inclusiveness and racial equity, making them worthy of this year’s award.

Emerging Leader Award, sponsored by the Boettcher Foundation

Christopher Aaby, Catamount Institute

Christopher Aaby never expected to be the director of a nonprofit. While working for a fair-trade coffee company, he became an active supporter of environmental sustainability and realized he could have a job doing good for the world. He now leads the Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs, a nonprofit dedicated to developing ecological stewardship through education and adventure by connecting kids with nature through meaningful outdoor experiences. Christopher encourages more young people to get involved in nonprofits, where he says skills and passion truly collide. His story is one of creativity, energy, tenacity and exemplary leadership, and that’s why he is our 2019 Emerging Leader of the Year.