Co-Director Receives First Impact Award

Published in Center News

The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) presented its first Impact Award to Professor Edward D."Ned" Spurgeon, the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, and the Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging, on April 25, 2014, at a reception held at the University Club in San Francisco, California. 

According to the NSCLC, the award recognizes leadership of a foundation, individual or legislator that has had a significant impact on the lives of low-income seniors and who has supported legal advocacy on their behalf.
"Ned Spurgeon, the Foundation and Center that he represents have a long history of leadership and contributions to NSCLC and to the field of law and aging,” said NSCLC Board of Directors Chair Robert Johnson. “Because of Ned’s and their commitment to NSCLC’s mission, it is fitting that they should be the organization’s first Impact Award winners.”

As part of the award ceremony, NSCLC aired a video tribute to Spurgeon and the Borchard Center that also describes the unique and important role NSCLC plays in alleviating the devastating effects of senior poverty in the United States.

“With Ned’s unwavering support, the Borchard Center has been willing to invest in NSCLC and has helped us in a profound way sustain and grow our mission,” said NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville. “The Center has also been unique among funders for its willingness to fund impactful litigation on behalf of poor seniors.”

The NSCLS press release states that with the Borchard Center’s support, NSCLC and its partners in Darling v Douglas were able to keep adult day care benefits for as many as 35,000 seniors and people with disabilities in California.

NSCLC also reports that in addition, much of the legwork in the case was done by Borchard Fellow Evin Isaacson who is also interviewed in the video, “The fellowship…reaffirmed my love of doing strategic, impactful advocacy on behalf of the underprivileged and underserved,” she said. NSCLC has had two Borchard fellows, early career attorneys who want to work in the field of law and aging, and like NSCLC, are committed to addressing injustices that exacerbate the negative effects often faced by the millions of older Americans in poverty.

“The fellows have been a tremendous benefit to our organization and we wouldn’t have had their contributions without Ned’s or the Borchard Center’s support,” Prindiville added. Since 2001, the Borchard Center has also awarded more than two dozen grants to NSCLC funding not only for fellows, but for capacity building, special projects and a number of internships.

Congratulations, Ned!