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The Joel and Claudette Weston Award has honored and recognized leadership and excellence in nonprofit management at local organizations for more than 30 years. Joel A. Weston, Jr. was a senior executive at the Hanes Companies and an active member of the Winston-Salem community. He served as president of the United Way of Forsyth County Board from 1980-1982. Joel believed strongly that nonprofit organizations should be well run and efficient and he introduced many innovative programs designed to strengthen charitable organizations and the community. He passed away unexpectedly in 1984. The Weston Award Endowment was founded in 1985 at The Winston-Salem Foundation by family and friends of Joel A. Weston as a way to honor his vision and dedication to the community. In 1985 the Weston Award for Nonprofit Excellence was established to recognize local human service agencies that are performing at peak efficiency. Today, Joel’s widow, Claudette Weston, continues the family tradition of community involvement and philanthropy through her efforts on numerous boards and organizations and as a member of the Weston Award Committee. The award is overseen by a volunteer committee and given out every other year. The award was last given in 2019 to Samaritan Ministries. Graham Pervier served as the committee’s Chair for a number of years. He was a friend of Joel’s and a guiding hand for the Weston Committee. In memory of Graham and his dedication to the award and the community, a separate honor will be given to a deserving applicant.
What is The Weston Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management?
Every other year any nonprofit agency in Forsyth County can apply to win the Weston Award for Nonprofit Excellence. An agency that wins the award must wait ten five years to apply again. The application is a rigorous evaluation of all aspects of nonprofit management: financial and personnel management, program development and effectiveness, long range planning, marketing, fund-raising, board development, etc.
All applications are reviewed by a 16 member the Weston Award committee. In addition, the committee hears an oral presentation by representatives of each agency and their board. The winner is presented with the prestigious and much coveted bi-annual award and a grant of $50,000.
What does the Weston Award Accomplish?
The Weston Award recognizes, affirms, encourages and financially supports the best- run charitable organization in Forsyth County as selected every other year by the Weston Award Committee. The Award is a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of nonprofit management. In filling out the award application, nonprofit organizations can assess and receive feedback on how their agency measures up against best practices in human service agency management. The award promotes efficiency, competence, fiscal integrity, innovation and program effectiveness. Nonprofit management excellence in turn equates to a community that can better help its most vulnerable citizens, maximize philanthropy and enhance quality of life for all.
Weston Award Past Winners
|1985||Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County||2001||Cancer Services|
|1986||Winston Salem Forsyth County Metropolitan YMCA||2002||Bethesda Center for the Homeless|
|1987||Senior Services, Inc.||2003||Experiment in Self Reliance|
|1988||Crisis Control||2004||Prodigals Community|
|1989||Food Bank of NW North Carolina||2005||Hospice & Palliative Care Center|
|1991||Forsyth Court Volunteers||2006||The Fellowship Home of WS|
|1992||Winston Salem Enrichment Center||2007||Senior Services|
|1993||Contact: Winston-Salem||2008||The Shepherd’s Center of Greater WS|
|1994||Group Homes of Forsyth County||2009||Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries|
|1995||YMCA of Greater Winston-Salem||2010||Goodwill Industries of NW NC|
|1996||American Red Cross NWNC Chapter||2011||Cancer Services, Inc.|
|1997||Habitat for Humanity, Inc.||2012||The Centers for Exceptional Children|
|1998||YWCA||2013||Crisis Control Ministry, Inc.|
|1999||Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC||2015||Financial Pathways of the Piedmont|
|2000||Senior Services||2017||Goodwill Industries of NWNC|
|2019||Samaritan Ministries. Inc.|
“Joel Weston, a great friend and colleague, spoke to me often and passionately about the need to institute processes to facilitate nonprofits delivering their services in the most efficient manner. The Weston Award is a proven and effective way to recognize and promote excellence in nonprofit management and a lasting tribute to Joel’s ideals.”
Richard P. Budd
“We applied for the Weston Award years before we won and it really helped identify what we needed to work on as an agency. Winning the award was like Rocky on the steps in Philadelphia!”
CEO Cancer Services
“Over the past 25 years the quality of nonprofit management in Forsyth County has been exceptional and the bar is very high for the agency that wins the Weston award. The agencies work hard to prepare their applications and all the members of the committee work hard to evaluate those applications.”
Retired Forsyth County Manager
Chair of the Weston Award Committee
“As a result of the award process, I became a better leader and it had a ripple effect throughout the organization. Everyone understood what they needed to do and why they needed to do it in the performance of their jobs.
Executive Director, ARCA
“The Joel Weston Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management had a tremendous impact on me as a leader and on the agency that I represented. I can’t say enough about the good that it has accomplished.”
President emeritus, Senior Services