William J. Bennington Healthy Community Institute for Nonprofit Excellence Award

This award recognizes a Healthy Community Institute (HCI) participating organization that achieved strong results after attending HCI in the areas of strategic planning, board engagement and individual donor development for increased sustainability. William J. Bennington (Bill) co-founded Healthy Community Institute and remained a core faculty member throughout the program’s 14-year tenure. The award was named after him in 2008 in recognition of his dedication and vision in supporting nonprofits and teaching the fundamentals that make organizations more effective. Bennington retired as Vice President of Training for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in 2003; however, he continues to provide consulting services focused on organizational development disciplines to corporations and nonprofit organizations across the country.

Award Winners

  • 2014 The Walking Classroom Institute (Chapel Hill)
  • 2014 Aging, Disability & Transit Services of Rockingham County (Reidsville)
  • 2014 Randolph County Family Crisis Center (Asheboro)
  • 2013 Note in the Pocket (Raleigh)
  • 2013 Dorcas Ministries (Cary)
  • 2012 Girls Incorporated of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City)
  • 2012 Community Care Clinic of Rowan County (Salisbury)
  • 2011 Good Shepherd Center (Wilmington)
  • 2011 North Carolina Rail-Trails (Carrboro)
  • 2010 Corral Riding Academy (Cary)
  • 2010 Dress for Success (Raleigh)
  • 2009 Next Step Ministries (Kernersville)
  • 2009 Black Women’s Health Network (Charlotte)
  • 2008 Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries (Winston-Salem)