Nominations Open Through Aug. 16 For Fifth Annual Hats Off Awards

Nonprofits First recently announced the return of the in-person event, the fifth annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards to be held for the first time in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Hats Off Nonprofit Awards celebrates and honors organizations of the Palm Beach County nonprofit sector and the professionals and volunteers behind the hundreds of charities who contribute to making the community strong. The event is chaired by Natalie Alvarez of Key Private Bank.

The call for nominations is open now through Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. for each category and can be made online at

“We are so excited to be honoring our amazing, talented and dedicated nonprofit organizations for their work during yet another challenging year,” said Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First. “They deserve to be recognized now more than ever! Reuniting the nonprofit sector and celebrating the fortitude of our community leaders and volunteers is something we should all be excited about. Please nominate as many worthy nonprofit organizations as possible in any one or more of our 11 categories.”

Nominations are accepted in the following categories: Nonprofit of the Year (small, medium and large); Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year; Nonprofit MVP of the Year; Nonprofit Professional of the Year; Nonprofit Executive of the Year; Lifetime Achievement Award; Hats Off to Heroes Award; and Community Collaborators Award.

New this year is the Nonprofit Innovation Award. This award recognizes creative and nontraditional approaches to solving community challenges. This award is intended to honor true innovation in the work of a nonprofit and is not intended to recognize overall organizational achievements. Nominated nonprofit innovations should bring creative solutions to community challenges and employ a variety of strategies in developing these solutions and services. In addition, awards for Best Hat and People’s Choice are awarded the night of the event. “This will be an unforgettable night to honor our nonprofit community, staff and volunteers at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in the Cohen Pavilion,” Cecere said.

The Hats Off Nonprofit Awards will feature a premium open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by the Breakers. Tickets are on sale now at for $90 per person, tables of eight are $1,000 and sponsorships are available at all levels. Parking is complimentary in the covered garage. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

Since 2005, Nonprofits First has been the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community.

Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of desired impact.

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