ACG names SRA Non-Profit of the Year

Students Rising Above Named Nonprofit Organization Of The Year

Association For Corporate Growth Recognizes SRA’s Outstanding Work In Helping Bay Area High School Students Attend College

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10, 2012 – The San Francisco chapter of Association for Corporate Growth, a professional organization of corporate development and M&A executives, has named Students Rising Above (SRA) of San Francisco the Nonprofit Organization of the Year.

The annual award recognizes organizations that have exhibited strong leadership, growth, strategic clarity, social responsibility, and success. Winners must demonstrate an effective delivery system and infrastructure, a dynamic leader and management team, and an active and involved board of directors.

“Students Rising Above does an outstanding job of providing at-risk youth in the Bay Area with opportunities to earn a college education and achieve the American dream,” said David Christy of the Association for Corporate Growth.  “Students Rising Above is investing in committed students and helping them become role models in their communities.”

The award from the San Francisco chapter automatically enters SRA into a national competition hosted by the Association of Corporate Growth. The national award winners will be announced March 13 at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

“Students Rising Above is honored to have been selected as the Nonprofit Organization of the Year,” said Executive Director Lynne Martin.  “Our success is not only the product of dedicated employees, sponsors and board of directors, but also our wonderful students.  We draw our inspiration from the determination and hard work of our amazing students.”

SRA supports low-income, first generation college students who have a commitment to education and the strength of character to overcome poverty, homelessness, and other challenges. Over the past 14 years, SRA has enabled more than 305 students whose families live below the federal poverty level to graduate from a four-year college. SRA offers one-on-one personal guidance and financial assistance. In 2012, 235 students were enrolled in the program.

About the Association for Corporate Growth

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a premier global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions to mid- to large companies. ACG members have focused on strategic activities that increase revenues, profits and, ultimately, shareholder value. ACG has more than 12,000 members, representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 53 chapters in North America, Europe and soon Asia.

About Students Rising Above

Students Rising Above is an award-winning nonprofit organization that enables low-income, first-generation college students to attend a four-year college and achieve their educational aspirations.  Ninety percent of students enrolled in Students Rising Above graduate from college – nearly three times the national average. Students Rising Above serves students in the 11-county Bay Area and provides personal guidance and financial support from college application, through graduation and into the workforce.  A 501(c)3, Students Rising Above is funded by individual donations, and grants and contributions from corporations, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations. For more information or to apply to the program, visit


Media Contact

Greg Berardi, Blue Marlin Partners



This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Share you thoughts and leave a reply!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s