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MAVIN Foundation staff and projects are the recipients of many awards for our innovative approach to race and diversity issues. We are grateful to our nominators and awarding organizations for the privilege to be associated with their contributions.




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MAVIN magazine issue editor Christie Verdadero accepts the University of Washington's TRiO award for MAVIN Foundation's work with low income students and students of color in April 2004.




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MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley was named a "Point of Light" by President George W. Bush for "...helping to solve serious social issues through public service."
MAVIN Foundation received the Japanese American Citizens League's 2004 "Vision Award" for our role in "...redefining the way our society views and responds to issues of race and identity and its vision for Asian American youth."
MAVIN's MatchMaker Bone Marrow Project team members, including project founder Yasmine Tarhouni, Kimi Kawabori and MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley, receive the 2002 "Heroes of Health Care Award for Innovation" from the Washington Health Foundation.
In 2003, MAVIN was the recipient of the "Ted Lord Allied Award" and grant from the Pride Foundation for our inclusive advocacy of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within our programming.
MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley is named one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" in 2003 by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. Previous winners include U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.
MAVIN Foundation staff and interns have received five "President's Volunteer Service Awards" for their community service work on behalf of mixed race youth and families. Recipients include: Amanda Kay Erekson, Christina Dahlstrom, Anne Kim, Luke Lee and Marinda Melonson.
MAVIN Foundation staff and interns have received six "President's Student Service Awards" for their community service work on behalf of mixed race youth and families. Recipients include: Jared Bigelow, Janiva Cifuentes-Hiss, Kimi Kawabori, Bernardo Carlos Reyes and Juleah Swanson.
MAVIN Foundation receives a $14,000 "Neighborhood Matching Fund Race Relations and Social Justice Award" from the City of Seattle in 2003 for its Community Mixed race Action Plan (MAP) project.
MAVIN Foundation receives a "Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition" by Congressman Michael M. Honda (D-CA) for "...outstanding and invaluable service to the community."
MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley is named a "Local Hero" by Teen People Magazine.
The University of Washington awarded the MAVIN Foundation staff with its 2004 "TRiO Award" for our work with low income students and students of color.
MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley is awarded the "Rocky Kim Pioneer Award" by the Korean American Professionals Society (KAPS), an affiliate of the Korean American Coalition (KAC).
MAVIN Foundation receives the 2003 award runner up for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The purpose of the award is to "...find the innovators, whether small or large; to recognize and celebrate their example; to inspire others."
MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley is named one of the Seattle area's "40 under 40 Business Leaders" in 2002 by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Washington State's premier business journal. He is the youngest recipient.
MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley is named "One of Seattle's Six Minority Leaders" and one of "Nine to Watch in the Next Century" by Seattle Magazine.
MAVIN Foundation online (www.mavinfoundation.org) is named one of "20 Most Useful Sites for Asian Americans" by Aonline. s
MAVIN founder/president Matt Kelley is named a "Race Scholar" by the Tribes Project.