NHS Corporate Leadership Award
On March 22, 2011, Denis Pierce, President of Pierce & Associates was honored with the 2011 Corporate Leadership Award from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) for using philanthropy to improve access to homeowners facing foreclosure.
Since Denis first became aware of NHS’ work in 2008, Pierce & Associates and Denis Pierce personally have contributed more than $1,000,000 to NHS and its Home Ownership Preservation Initiative “HOPI.”
$1,000,000 dollars to leverage NHS’ groundbreaking work in foreclosure prevention!
This major philanthropic support, and the support of more than 20 leading financial institutions and foundations, enabled NHS, through its 2003 HOPI program, to save over 3,800 homes from foreclosure, counsel over 18,000 at-risk borrowers, and reclaim nearly 840 vacant, abandoned buildings.
Denis’ vision resulted in a matching gift challenge during NHS’ winter Annual Appeal Campaign that resulted in NHS’ most successful individual giving campaign to date for funds raised and new individual donors.
Denis brings people together, creating valuable partnerships. Through Denis’ efforts, NHS established a relationship with the Attorneys Title Guarantee Fund that, in partnership with the City of Chicago, resulted in six “Fix Your Mortgage” events across the city that helped 3,500 Chicago families file timely mortgage modification paperwork with their lender.
When NHS needed technical assistance to better enhance, organize, and track foreclosure data, Pierce & Associates was there; providing crucial funding for a technology firm to build a new client management system for NHS called PraxisCS. This new system has improved both counselor and reporting efficiency and allowed NHS to serve more homeowners in financial hardship. In fact, this system may soon be adopted by counseling agencies across the country.
Pierce and Associates is proud to accept the 2011 NHS Corporate Leadership Award for finding a way to harness the power of philanthropy to improve the lives of Chicago-area families and for helping NHS build, grow and lead.