Honored for his more than 20 years of service with the Cristo Rey Network, Preston Kendall, CRSM President, received the Dorothy Day leadership award on March 8, 2017 by the Coleman Consulting Group of Chicago.
At an awards ceremony held at The Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Kendall was honored for “his service in bringing greatness to all our children,” and for “helping students most in need to be successful in school, but more importantly, in life as men and women in service of others,” according to Coleman spokesperson Jorge Garcia. The award, one of four given that evening, was part of the company’s Resource Renewal Project, a stewardship initiative dedicated to strengthening the financial health of non-profit organizations through best practices in procurement, more efficient processes and reduced costs, allowing non-profits to focus on what matters most. Kendall’s award is in honor of Dorothy Day, a leader with an extraordinary commitment to education and the values of faith and social justice. America magazine wrote of her in 1972: “If one had to choose a single individual to symbolize the best in the aspiration and action of the American Catholic community during the last forty years, that one person would certainly be Dorothy Day.”
Accepting the award, Kendall said: “Cristo Rey is really all about the students and our belief in them. Running a school is a team effort and an unwritten part of my job description is taking credit for the incredible work other people are doing at CRSM. I am so grateful that two of those talented people are here tonight: our Development Director, Kristen Watson and our Principal, Dr. Mike Odiotti. Thank you for making me look so good!”
“I also want to thank the Coleman Group for this award. As a small school of 403 students up in Waukegan, we don’t always have access to resources or specialized knowledge we need to be our best. Whether it is software programs that allow us to accept electronic donations, or fleet gas cards for our Corporate Work Study vehicles, or help navigating the complicated world of E-Rate funding for technology, the folks at the Coleman Group give us access and resources usually only available to much bigger organizations. We are better able to fulfill our mission with their help and support. Thank you.”
Coleman Consulting Group has been dedicated to serving non-profit organizations since its inception in 2004. Patrick Coleman is the founder of the company that delivers exceptional expertise in strategic sourcing that helps non-profits create savings and improve operations. Patrick Coleman, President/CEO of Coleman Group Consulting shares that “the primary focus of our firm is helping non-profits collaborate to reduce expenses and increase revenues. Over the last 10 years, we have been working with more than 500 organizations saving more than $120 million.”