Cincinnati Museum Center announces 2015 Difference Makers

KnowledgeWorks chosen as honoree for large non-profit category


KnowledgeWorks was named the 2015 large non-profit Difference Maker by the Cincinnati Museum Center during its Feb. 7 awards ceremony.

The organization was honored for its work throughout the country and locally on education initiatives, striving to ensure all students receive the education they deserve.

“I’m proud of our employees and their inspiring passion to ensure all students have an equal chance at success,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “I’m proud of the time and effort they put in, not only to national education efforts, but to the local greater Cincinnati area. They tutor students, lead non-profit boards, donate money to local organizations, mentor kids, collect supplies to help local schools, and much more.”

The Difference Makers program recognizes those in the Cincinnati community who work to benefit the lives of children and the communities in which they grow, learn and play. Nominees were judged on the basis of need and distinction in the community, overall impact to local students, and the ability to overcome obstacles and challenges.

Along with KnowledgeWorks, this year’s honorees include adult professional Shondale Atkinson; adult volunteer Charles Kelly; small non-profit ProKids; business Game Time Budgeting; and small/youth group MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra. The Museum Center also honored 24 youth nominees. The overall 2015 Community Honoree is OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School.

“We are so proud to stand beside these other inspiring individuals and organizations,” Peppler said. “Together, we strengthen our community and create opportunities for our students to grow and succeed.”

As an organization, KnowledgeWorks is focused on ensuring every student experiences meaningful personalized learning experiences that lead to success in college, career and civic life. The organization works with local communities, educators and schools nationwide through its national subsidiaries, EDWorks, StriveTogether, and locally through StrivePartnership and community volunteer efforts.

This year, the Cincinnati Museum Center received more than 120 nominations for the Seventh Annual Difference Maker Celebration. KnowledgeWorks was one of three large non-profit finalists.

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.