Alexandria, VA — The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) was recognized today by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2017 honorable mention recipient of the Board Leadership Award. CFNC was selected for this award based on the hard work it has done in the last two years to become a well-run strategic organization and board of directors.

“We are proud to have been selected as a finalist for the Board Leadership Award,” said CFNC Executive Director Lisa Carter. “It is my honor to work beside 15 truly talented board members whose dynamic leadership has helped CFNC to become a prosperous and thriving organization now and long into the future.

The Child & Family Network Center’s Board of Directors are purely motivated to help CFNC succeed in its mission to provide caring, high-quality, free early education and related services to at-risk children and their families in their own neighborhoods in order to prepare them for success in school and life.

“High performing Boards can make the difference for operations, outcomes and the overall sustainability of nonprofits,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “Our competition identifies organizations exhibiting good governance and innovative practices that can be shared, influencing a stronger nonprofit sector.  We are motivated by the dynamic leadership of our 2017 nominees and proud to acknowledge CFNC as a 2017 Finalist.”

Award finalists were selected through a rigorous three-step judging process including a comprehensive nomination form; in person interview with board members and the executive director; and a site visit attended by board members and the executive director.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement, in partnership with CohnReznick LLP with educational support from BoardSource, launched the Board Leadership Award in 2011 to recognize and spotlight outstanding leadership from Boards of Directors of Washington-area nonprofit organizations. The award recognizes the role that boards play in building and sustaining successful organizations—assuring that they are well led, well supported and responsive to the people and communities they serve.

The award Selection Committee, made up of distinguished members of the business, philanthropic and nonprofit community, searched for examples of outstanding boards that have moved beyond recommended best practices to bring new levels of engagement and focus within the board that deliver results for the organization.


About CFNC

The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) provides free preschool education for 138 children and families living at or below 250% of the poverty line, who earn too much to qualify for Head Start but not enough to afford their children with a private preschool education. Providing a unique blend of preschool education and family support services including free health services, in-home visits and counseling, CFNC currently operates 8 classrooms in apartment complexes, recreational centers and other locations throughout Alexandria where these families live. Learn more at