Mission: The Superstar Foundation was founded in 2007 with a two-fold mission:
To identify and reward individuals who use data to improve outcomes for underserved individuals, families and communities; and
To promote and advance transformative relationships as the driving force to outcome achievement in the social services sector.
As health, education and social services continue to progress towards better measurement of outcomes, the Superstar Foundation believes that transformative relationships and a commitment to data-based decision making at the level of engagement is the key to all long-term, sustainable improvement in the lives of those we serve.
Results: Over the past eight years, the Superstar Foundation has directed over $165,000 in financial awards to high performing case managers, social workers and other direct service staff who deliver results for their target population and have the data to substantiate their performance.
We have honed and refined our online nomination process to the point where other organizations interested in highlighting their very best staff are able to use our system to create excellent recognition programs.
Target demographics: Recognize and reward direct service staff
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10 high performing direct service staff receive over $45,000
Geographic areas served: Nationally
Programs: the Veronica Awards and Superstar Partner Awards
I'm involved on this board because it is a fantastic organization. High-level work should be recognized and financially rewarded, even in the often-underpaid world of human services. Superstar recognizes and rewards those human service professionals who work to achieve great outcomes, document those outcomes, and use that data to continue and improve their great results. These superstars positively impact their clients in ways that are both meaningful and measurable. It's fun and rewarding to learn about their work and provide them with a financial reward.
I've been involved with the Superstar Foundation since it's inception. This organization understands that the only way to truly effect social change is to ensure that frontline social service professionals have a firm grasp of performance management. More specifically, that they can measure their performance and use this information to understand what works and what doesn't work so that they can continuously improve. Superstar helps social service professionals to perfect their performance management capabilities and it provides those who can demonstrate this with cash awards. Since social service professionals are so underpaid for what is probably the most difficult job there is - this is incredibly valuable.