Awards & Media
The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award recognizes outstanding nonprofit organizations in the United States that have shown exemplary leadership by facilitating partnerships with public, private or social sector leaders who are working together as equal partners, not as donors and recipients, to build a cohesive community that serves as a model for collaborating with others for the greater good. Each year, from hundreds of submissions, ten applicants are selected for these awards. There is the national award recipient, two honorable mention awards and seven merit finalists. Family Connection was named as one of the two honorable mention award winners. This award recognizes that the Family Connection program makes a significant positive impact on those it serves (14,000 children and 4,000 parents in the Dallas community to date); fosters partnerships among government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses; displays creativity in addressing a real-life problem; and is effective in leveraging resources.
The Family Connection program for homeless children and families was awarded the “Excellence in Mission Achievement Award” by The Center for Nonprofit Management. Chosen from 30 applicants, this award recognizes organizations that exemplify distinctive achievement in nonprofit management. A beautifully engraved Tiffany’s plate, a check for $5,000, and consultation from Association Work were presented to Rainbow Days at A Night of Light, an awards dinner benefiting the Center.
Cathey Brown was awarded the Caring Institute’s 2010 National Caring Award from the Founder of the Caring Institute, Val Halamandaris, at the Gaylord Texan during the 23rd annual Caring Awards Ceremony. Cathey received the award along with 4 other outstanding adult recipients, 5 remarkable youth, and a few noteworthy honorees – Senator Bob Dole, Peter Thomas, Lance Armstrong, and a special Mother Teresa Memorial Caring Award for the late Hon. Ted Kennedy. All the individuals were recognized for their caring spirit and meaningful contributions to making our world a better place.
Cathey Brown was honored to receive the 2010 “Nonprofit Executive Award” from the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. Each year, the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas recognizes three individuals who have provided extraordinary service benefiting women through their sustained service and leadership and have made a positive and lasting impact on the lives of women living in poverty. In April of 2010, Cathey was honored alongside fellow outstanding honorees: J. McDonald Williams, Dallas Business Leader: Business Leadership Award and Diane Sumoski, Partner, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P.: Louise Raggio Women’s Legal Advocate; for their extraordinary service and advocacy on behalf of women in Dallas, especially those living in poverty.
Videos & Media
- Texas Motor Speedway Helps Out with Back to School
- Rainbow Days’ 35th Anniversary Video
- The Rainbow Days Impact
- Meet Rainbow Days
- Rainbow Days Summer Highlights
- KDFW Fox 4 – Homeless Now Hopeful
- Volunteer Appreciation Week
- “Catching Fish”
- Back To School Press Release 2017
- Camp Bravo! Press Release 2017
- Kids’ University Press Release 2017
- Back To School Press Release 2016
- Back To School 2015
- Camp Bravo 2015
- Kids’ University 2015
- Pot of Gold 2015
- Promise Awards 2015
- Saturday with Santa 2014
- Back-to-School 2014
- 2014 Annual Report
- 2013 Annual Report
- 2012 Annual Report
- 2010/2011 Annual Report
- 2009 Annual Report
- 2008 Annual Report
Print & Online
- Dallas Morning News: Camp Bravo – Dallas Area Homeless Kids Take Center Stage
- UTD Dallas Article: Kids’ University Aims to Inspire Dreams and Diplomas (2017)
- Good Life Family Magazine: Focus on the Sunshine to Overcome the Clouds (April 2017)
- Dallas Morning News: Camp Bravo Gives Dallas Area Homeless Kids a Chance to Shine
- UT Dallas Article: Kids’ University 2016
- Camp for Homeless Children Gives Kids a Taste of University Life
- Kids’ U Teaches Homeless Children to Aim for College
- Pot of Gold Luncheon – feat. Jeannette Walls
- Kids’ University feat. in Dallas Morning News – June 2014
- Kids’ University feat. in UT Dallas News – June 2013
- Emmitt Smith Speaks at Kids’ University – Dallas Morning News 2013
- Pot of Gold Luncheon – Culturemap
- Budget Cuts Threaten to Rob Homeless Kids of Hope – Dallas Morning News
Selected from over 3,000 nominations, Rainbow Days’ Family Connection program for homeless children and families was recognized as a “Top 100 Best Practices” program in the nation by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1999. Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo presented the award and called the recipients the “Best of the Best.”
Stanford University – 2002 Cathey Brown, Rainbow Days’ founder and Chief Execuitve Officer, was selected by Stanford University as a “2002 CSI Fellow”, which included a $10,000 scholarship to attend the two-week “Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders” at the University; an honor extended to only 50 nonprofit leaders nationwide each year.
Drucker Foundation – 2001-2002Cathey Brown was selected as one of five social sector leaders in the nation to participate in the “2001-2002 Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellows Program,” which recognizes the accomplishments and supports the professional development of social sector leaders with a demonstrated record of leadership and entrepreneurial performance and who are engaged in programs that demonstrate community innovation.
Cathey Brown was a recipient of the inaugural “Visionary Award” presented by the Betty Ford Center on behalf of its Metroplex Children’s Program. The national award was created to honor those who have distinguished themselves as visionaries in the field of substance abuse education, research, prevention and philanthropy. Mrs. Betty Ford presented the award to Cathey on November 8, 2000.
1999Cathey Brown, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rainbow Days, was selected by the Dallas for Children organization to receive its “2000 Children’s Champion Award for Leadership.” Ms. Brown, a former teacher and counselor, developed Rainbow Day’s award-winning “Curriculum-Based Support Group” model of life skills education and has directed Rainbow Days since its inception in 1982.
2001The Community Council of Greater Dallas awarded Cathey Brown the “2001 Distinguished Human Service Professional Award” in the individual category. The Awards are given every other year to honor full-time staff of Community Council member agencies for outstanding performance in the field of human service.