Prevent Blindness Ohio (PBO) received GroundWork group Columbus’ inaugural Nonprofit IT Creativity Award for Constituent Management before a crowd of 200 nonprofit organization representatives, business and community leaders at the OSU Fawcett Center on June 30th. The event recognized the innovative and meaningful ways in which nonprofits are leveraging IT (Information Technology) to support their business functions in reaching their organization’s mission.  PBO was among eleven organizations to receive top recognition from a field of 200 nominations representing 78 nonprofit organizations across Ohio. Award winners were selected by a panel of all-volunteer, independent judges.


Prevent Blindness Ohio’s award for Constituent Management was given for the organization’s demonstration of a strong constituent management strategy, including tools, updates, high data collection standards, documentation and security. PBO maintains more than 100,000 donor, volunteer and patient constituent records and targets constituent segments with personalized communication and follow up using GroundWork group’s Information Management System (GWg IMS).


“PBO uses its data to make informed decisions about programmatic investments as well as for reporting results to funders,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio. “We’ve always had strong board members who value IT and have encouraged us to continue to invest in IT and innovate,” Williams added.


When asked of GroundWork group to host this award event, its 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.”