Awards & Recognition

#15 Best Non-Proift Organization
In 2015, Communities In Schools was named #15 best non-profit organization in the country to work for by the NonProfit Times.

Best Workplaces for Women Finalist
In 2014, Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County was among the finalists in the midsize category of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce 'Best Workplaces for Women' Awards.

Best of CIS Texas Awards
In 2013, Dr. Dan Powell of Crowley ISD was awarded Superintendent of the Year, Tiffany Cason of BBVA Compass was awarded Board Member of the Year, and Jessica Rodriguez was awarded Staff Member of the Year.

Stanford Social Innovation Review Recognition
In 2013, Communities In Schools was featured in the SSI Review as the experts in dropout prevention, lauding that "with hard data and soft skills Communities In Schools fine-tunes its model to reduce dropout rates."

Economic Impact Study
In 2012 the Annie E. Casey Foundaiton, the McConnell Clark Foundation, and Capital One Economic Model Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) funded a study that found every $1 invested in Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County yields a $13.30 impact in the community. For a summary the report, click here.

Best Annual Fundraiser, Fort Worth
In 2010 the CIS Kitchens Tour was awarded the Best Annual Fundraiser award by the readers of Fort Worth Texas Magazine.

Best of CIS Texas Awards
In 2009, Leigh Ann Armendariz was awarded best CIS Staff Member of the year.

Best Practices In Dropout Prevention
In 2008 national research titled “Best Practices In Dropout Prevention” commissioned by the Texas Education Agency concluded that Communities In Schools is the only program in America with independent research confirming that it both reduces the dropout rate and improves graduation rates.

Best of CIS Texas Awards
In 2007, Mike Steele was awarded best CIS Executive Director of the Year and Bank of America won "Best CIS Business" of the Year

Bank of America 2004 “Neighborhood Builder” Award
In November 2004, CIS was awarded a two-year, $200,000 award from Bank of America as the winner of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, 2004 Neighborhood Builder Award.

“America's 100 Best Charities” Award
In 2003 and again in 2004, CIS was named by Worth Magazine as one of “America's 100 Best Charities".

“Gilbert Garcia Amigo Award”
In 2003, Mike Steele, the founding Executive Director and current President & CEO of CIS received the Gilbert Garcia Amigo Award from the United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County in appreciation of his significant contributions to the Hispanic Community.

“Voice of Collaboration”
In 2002, Communities In Schools was named by the Tarrant County Youth Collaboration as “The Voice of Collaboration” for its long-standing collaboration with over 100 youth service providers.

National CIS Network Leadership
In 1996 CIS Fort Worth became the second CIS program in the nation to earn the Quality and Standards Charter from the CIS national organization.

Human Relations Commission Recognition
In 1993 Communities In Schools Fort Worth received the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission “Community Service Award”.


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