Best Charity - 2011
Neighborhood Centers Inc.
Readers' Choice: Readers' Choice: Scout's Honor Rescue
If there were a Fortune 500 of charitable organizations in the U.S., no doubt Neighborhood Centers would be on that list. With the dynamic Angela Blanchard at its helm since 1998, the nonprofit — begun in 1904 as an "affordable nursery" by Alice Graham Baker (yes, those Bakers) — has swallowed up Houston and the Gulf Coast. It has 60 centers (and growing), offering affordable child care, senior services and a plethora of community initiatives. NCI invented the concept of "one-stop shopping" for social services. We wish we could buy stock in it!