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The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is pleased to announce that New England Hemophilia Association (NEHA) has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Award in Advocacy. The Excellence Awards will be presented at MNNís annual celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence presented by Citizens Bank, a statewide holiday that highlights the work of the nonprofit sector and raises awareness of causes throughout Massachusetts presented by Citizens Bank, at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, June 4.


"The Nonprofit Excellence Awards honor the important work being done by nonprofits in every subsector and region of Massachusetts," said Jim Klocke, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. "We are excited to celebrate the effectiveness and diversity of these impressive finalists and the dedication and impact of the 33,000 nonprofits and more than half a million nonprofit employees in Massachusetts."


The Excellence Award in Advocacy recognizes a nonprofit organization whose work has resulted in significant progress on a public policy or awareness issue in the last two years. NEHA serves individuals and families with bleeding disorders, who need information, emotional support and advocacy on their behalf. In 2016, the New England Bleeding Disorders Advocacy Coalition (NEBDAC) formed to address a key missing infrastructure: a collaborative advocacy effort across all six states.  The mission of NEBDAC is to provide an effective network to champion bleeding disorder quality of life initiatives in the New England states. The advocacy collaboration achieved a key success last year: In March 2017, for the first time ever, all six New England states officially declared March 2017 as Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Community and press events were held at each state capital in New England.


"Itís an honor for the New England Hemophilia Association to be recognized for our important work to advocate and assist Massachusetts and New England residents living with a rare bleeding disorder,Ē said NEHA Executive Director Rich Pezzillo, ďAt the core of our organization, empowering community members to be strong advocates for their own health care is what we do."


This year, MNNís independent panel of nonprofit and business leaders reviewed over 150 Excellence Award nominations that highlighted the incredible work of nonprofits across the state. The finalists range from large education providers to small arts organizations. These 27 nonprofits and individuals are improving communities across the Commonwealth, representing every region of Massachusetts from the Berkshires to the Cape. One finalist from each category (Advocacy, Collaboration, Innovation, Leadership, Small Nonprofit, and Young Professionals) will be announced as a winner during the Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence event presented by Citizens Bank on Monday, June 4.


About the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network


The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the nonprofit sector and the only statewide organization that brings together all parts of the nonprofit ecosystemónonprofits, funders, community and business leaders, and elected officialsóto strengthen nonprofits and raise the sectorís voice on critical issues. MNN understands that strong nonprofits build strong communities. It is MNNís mission to strengthen the nonprofit community through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building. MNN has more than 700 nonprofit members and over 125 for-profit affiliate members. For more information or to become a member, visit