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, 10 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 at the time of selection); 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 four other outstanding adult recipients, five remarkable youth and a few noteworthy honorees: Sen. 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 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. They were recognized for their extraordinary service and advocacy on behalf of women in Dallas, especially those living in poverty.
Videos & Media
- Dallas ISD: Donate to United Way to benefit Dallas ISD partnerships like Rainbow Days
- NBC 5: Summer Camp Gives Children Experiencing Homelessness a Chance to Be Kids
- KERA: Camp Gives Homeless Kids A Chance To Shine
- Reflections of Hope: A Short Film (Rainbow Days 2019)
- NBC 5: North Texas Kids Taking Part in Cowboy Camp for Spring Break
- Back-to-School Celebration
- Rainbow Days 2018 Video
- Algebra Tutoring Adds to the Fun at Kids’ University
- WFAA: Kids’ University 2018
- Texas Motor Speedway Helps Out with Back-to-School
- Rainbow Days’ 35th Anniversary Video
- Rainbow Days Impact Video 2016
- Meet Rainbow Days
- Rainbow Days Summer Highlights
- Spencer Leadership Conference Press Release 2020
- Holiday Cheer for Homeless & At-Risk Kids 2019
- Back-to-School Post-Event Press Release 2019
- Back-to-School Press Release 2019
- Camp Bravo! Press Release 2019
- Kids’ University Press Release 2019
- Pot of Gold Luncheon Post-Event Press Release 2019
- Easter Eggstravaganza Post-Event Press Release 2019
- Promise Awards Press Release 2019
Print & Online
- Dallas Morning News: Mavericks turn practice facility into Christmas wonderland for at-risk kids
- UT Dallas: Student Tutors Give Homeless Children a Chance To Just Be Kids
- Good Life Family Magazine: Looking to a Brighter Future, Thanks to Rainbow Days
- My Sweet Charity: Award-Winning Actress Marlee Matlin Signs On For Rainbow Days’ 2019 Pot Of Gold Luncheon
- Park Cities People: Rainbow Days Names New CEO
- UT Dallas: Algebra Tutoring Adds to the Fun for Campers at Kids’ University
- Dallas Morning News: If every adult gave an hour a week to show up for a child who’s hurting, maybe we could stop the violence
- Good Life Family: Making a Lasting Impact, One Homeless Child at at Time
- Park Cities People: Shelter Children Enjoy Art-focused Camp
- Dallas Morning News: Dallas Area Homeless Kids Take Center Stage
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.”
Rainbow Days Founder Cathey Brown 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. This is an honor extended to only 50 nonprofit leaders nationwide each year.
Cathey 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 Nov. 8, 2000.
Rainbow Days Founder Cathey Brown 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.
The 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.