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RREAL to receive non-profit group's Innovation Award

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Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) based in Pine River will receive the 2013 Innovation Award Oct. 25 at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) annual conference in Duluth.

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MAP for Nonprofits and MCN will present RREAL’s award along with other 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Awards.

The Excellence Awards are based on MCN’s Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence, and are awarded to one nonprofit organization with a budget under $1.5 million and one organization with a budget over $1.5 million.

The Nonprofit Mission Awards are awarded in categories of Innovation, Advocacy, Anti-racism Initiative and Responsive Philanthropy.

RREAL will receive the Innovation Award for working to make solar energy accessible to communities of all income levels. RREAL’s Solar Assistance program partners with low-income households on Energy Assistance to provide low-income families and individuals with solar heat to foster self-reliance and reduce dependence on public energy assistance.

RREAL and other winners will receive a video production capturing the organization’s work for which it receives the award, a one-of-a-kind glass art award and a small cash award (except for Responsive Philanthropy recipient).

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