PHILLIPS Programs Wins!

PHILLIPS Programs Honored for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families was recognized on June 24, 2010 by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2010 winner of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. PHILLIPS Programs will receive a $10,000 cash grant and a scholarship for one person to attend the Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program.  Now in its 16th year, The Washington Post Award is a competitive program open to all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the Washington metropolitan area.

"The work that non-profits perform in our community is critical to the well-being of many living here. We are proud of the service PHILLIPS Programs provides to some of the region's most vulnerable children and families. We are honored to accept this award as recognition of our non-profit stewardship on behalf of the children in need," said Sally A. Sibley, President & CEO of PHILLIPS Programs.

The award selection committee noted several outstanding management practices for PHILLIPS. Some examples of management excellence include:

  • Extensive staff development programs.
  • Effective management of corporate volunteers, working to provide them with an “authentic experience.”
  • Financial risk management and assessments that provide a range of contingency scenarios.
  • Use of an online project collaboration tool to manage complex tasks involving multiple stakeholders.

PHILLIPS Programs serves the needs of individuals with emotional and behavioral disabilities and their families throughout Greater Washington. PHILLIPS operates two special education day schools located in Annandale, VA and Laurel, MD. PHILLIPS also provides therapeutic foster homes and intensive home-based services for children and youth with special needs and their families. They tailor their approach to each child’s individual challenges while highlighting his or her unique gifts. PHILLIPS believes every child has potential and their commitment helps each child to realize his or her inner champion.

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