Nationwide Children's Hospital Receives Nonprofit IT Creativity Awards from GroundWork group

July 21, 2011

Eleven Central Ohio nonprofits were honored and the nonprofit community was celebrated this afternoon at GroundWork group Columbus’s inaugural Nonprofit IT Creativity Awards  before a crowd of 200 nonprofit organization representatives, business and community leaders at the OSU Fawcett Center in Columbus.

The event recognized the innovative and meaningful ways in which nonprofits organizations are leveraging Information Technology (IT) to support their business functions to help them effectively and efficiently achieve the goals of their missions.

Congratulations to our eleven Nonprofit IT Creativity Award winners:

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Strategic Planning                                         
Rebuilding Together Central Ohio

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Marketing                                                        
VSA Ohio
Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Constituent Management                        
Prevent Blindness Ohio

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Communications                                           
Children’s Hunger Alliance

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Fundraising                                                     
Local Matters

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Service Delivery                                            
Ohio Literacy Network

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Reporting                                                         
Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Day-to-Day Operations                              
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Training & Education                                   
Step By Step Academy

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Technology Maturity                                   
Alvis House

Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Social Enterprise Innovative Program  
Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks

When asked why GroundWork group decided to host this new award event, GroundWork group CEO John Hrusovsky said, “We wanted to create the Nonprofit IT Creativity Awards to honor nonprofits specifically.  Accolades are given to a broad spectrum of businesses and individuals – we wanted to put that spotlight on excellent nonprofit organizations."

For these inaugural Nonprofit IT Creativity Awards, GroundWork group Columbus received 200 nominations representing a total of 78 nonprofit organizations across Ohio.  Award Winners were selected by an all-volunteer, independent panel of judges.

The agenda for the day was not only to recognize nonprofits for creatively thinking about IT, but also to provide the opportunity to learn from the best practices of others.  GroundWork group Columbus prepared a booklet highlighting the projects of each of the Semi-Finalists.  Reading through this booklet proves that nonprofits are running amazing programs and implementing innovative technology projects to effectively deliver their services to their constituents.

Attendees were truly inspired by the work of the Semi-Finalists and Award Winners.  Through the GroundWork group Nonprofit IT Creativity Awards, we hope to increase public awareness of critical nonprofit programs and the value they add to the community.  We look forward to our Second Annual Nonprofit IT Creativity Awards in May 2012.

GroundWork group is a Columbus-based nonprofit organization, with offices in Columbus, Ohio and Orange County, California.  The GroundWork group mission is to strengthen the impact of nonprofit organizations by enhancing their ability to manage their business operations and achieve their missions through sustainable and affordable information management, education and technology solutions.  For more information about GroundWork group, please visit our website, send an email to, or call 614-884-7780.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at