Clínica Tepeyac, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides health care and preventive health services, won the El Pomar Award of Excellence in the area of self-sufficiency last week.This award, by one of Colorado’s private foundations, recognizes nonprofits and community leaders in 11 different categories.The process is competitive and the award much sought after as a symbol of excellence.

I’ve been providing strategy consulting services to Clínica since 2001 with a focused effort since 2007 through the Rose Community Foundation’s BOOST Initiative.We’ve worked hard to complete a thorough self-assessment and a really strong strategic business plan.I’m very proud of the work we have done together.It begins with a fundamentally strong organization that focuses on meeting an important community need.Clínica is clear about its mission, core values and distinctive competence.It has a track record of solid growth exemplified by significant increases year over year in the number of patients served.Clínica has a committed group of staff, volunteers, board members, partners and funders. (To see an example of one of Corona assessments, click here (pdf).)

As David Lack, Executive Director, noted “I believe this award is an affirmation that we have an important mission and that we stay focused on it.”  The award includes $15,000 in unrestricted funding.

Keep up the great work!!I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings.