2019 BKD Southwest Missouri Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2019 Southwest Missouri Nonprofit Excellence Award have been announced ahead of the award show on April 16, 2019. The awards, given by BKD CPAs & Advisors in conjunction with Drury University, will take place at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield.

The awards are given in a variety of categories to 501(c)(3) organizations with their main office in the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk and Dallas counties.

Here are the finalists for the awards:

Organization of the Year

Nonprofit Organization of the Year (small)

  • Diaper Bank of the Ozarks
  • Friends of Springfield-Greene County Library
  • Springfield Regional Arts Council

Nonprofit Organization of the Year (medium)

  • Discovery Center of Springfield
  • Pregnancy Care Center
  • Victory Mission

Nonprofit Organization of the Year (large)

  • Burrell Behavioral Health
  • Convoy of Hope
  • United Way of the Ozarks

Executive Director/CEO of the Year

  • Tricia Derges, Lift Up Springfield
  • Hal Donaldson, Convoy of Hope
  • Julie Higgins, I Pour Life

Board Member of the Year

  • Tracy Barnas, Child Advocacy Center
  • David Rush, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield
  • Chris Shaefer, CASA of Southwest Missouri

Arvest Bank Communitarian Corporate Citizenship Award

  • Central Bank and Central Trust
  • ESC Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • TLC Properties

Innovation Award

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Think Big Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs – Opioid Smarts
  • Pregnancy Care Center

Emerging Leader of the Year

  • Rob Blevins, Discovery Center
  • Justine Campbell, Springfield Compost Collective
  • Jeff Long, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield

Startup Organization of the Year

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Think Big Foundation
  • Plotline
  • The Rebound Foundation

Revel with a Cause Award

  • Missouri Institute of Natural Science
  • Ozarks Literacy Council
  • The Ozarks SySTEAMic Coalition

Public Awareness Award

  • Burrell Behavioral Health
  • Me Too Springfield
  • Safe Kids Springfield

Youth Leader of the Year

  • Seth Cote, Empower: abilities 
  • Sydney Shader, Boys & Girls Club of Springfield
  • Olivia Wise, The Kitchen, Inc.