Now entering its eighth year, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program teaches, recognizes and encourages outstanding management practices among New York's large and diverse nonprofit community. The Awards recognize the enormously important roles played by thousands of New York's nonprofit organizations in improving our lives and communities. The program helps nonprofit leaders by spotlighting excellent management practices that enable nonprofits to better serve their communities and achieve their missions.
Winning organizations will receive cash awards, special mention by WNYC, tuition scholarships for the Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. Winners will also be honored at an Awards Presentation in November 2014.
The application for the 2014 Awards will be available very soon.
The Children’s Village, CSH and BronxWorks are the winners of the 2013 New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which celebrate outstanding management practices by nonprofits.
The Children’s Village, Gold Prize winner, works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. The prize includes a cash award of $30,000.
CSH (formerly the Corporation for Supportive Housing), the Silver Prize winner, helps build housing that lets those most in need, the homeless and disabled, connect to homes, health care, jobs, and the community. It includes a cash award of $20,000.
BronxWorks, winner of the Bronze Prize, helps individuals and families in the Bronx improve their economic and social well-being through job skills training, homeless outreach, services for people with HIV/AIDS, preschools and summer camps, eviction prevention programs, and more. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000.
The winners were announced Thursday, November 21 at a presentation in Scholastic Auditorium that included WNYC’s Brian Lehrer interviewing the board chairs and chief executives of the three organizations.
Winners were selected because of their demonstrated management excellence in Eight Areas of Nonprofit Excellence: focus on results; governance structure; financial management; human resources; diversity and responsiveness; IT practices; communications; and fundraising.
The winners were selected by a 33-member selection committee of top nonprofit experts from a pool of 62 qualified applications that were winnowed to ten semifinalists and then six finalists.
Winning organizations also receive full scholarships to both the Senior Leaders Program and the Developing Leaders Program at the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.
Since the first Nonprofit Excellence Awards in 2007, over 550 nonprofit organizations have applied for the Awards, and 21 have been recognized for their management excellence. NPCC created the Awards in 2007 and serves as the tax-exempt manager of the program in collaboration with The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York. New York Magazine and WNYC co-sponsor the program, which is also supported by The Clark Foundation, Taconic Foundation, McGladrey LLP, the Fund for the City of New York, Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School, and Ford Foundation.
Three of the above organizations will be selected as Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners of Nonprofit Excellence Awards and will be announced at a Best Practices Workshop and Awards Presentation on November 21. The Best Practices Workshop will highlight and discuss the management strengths of winning organizations and detail the strategies and practices that led to their selection. Winners will receive cash awards of $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, special mention in New York Magazine and by WNYC, and tuition scholarships for the Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. This year’s cash awards and benefits are the largest in the program’s seven-year history.
The semifinalist organizations, which vary in size and in types of programs and services they offer, were chosen by the program's 34-member expert Selection Committee for their outstanding management, focusing on Eight Areas of Nonprofit Excellence. This year's semifinalists are:
BronxWorks helps individuals and families in the Bronx improve their economic and social well-being through a diverse range of programs including job skills training, HIV/AIDS services, preschools and summer camps, eviction prevention programs aimed at averting homelessness, and more.
About the 2013 Awards
Three winning organizations will be recognized for excellent achievement in management at a special Awards Presentation in November 2013, and will receive cash awards of $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000, respectively. They will also be recognized in New York Magazine and by WNYC, and will receive tuition scholarships for the Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. This year’s cash awards and benefits are the largest in the program’s seven-year history.
All 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the New York City, Long Island and Westchester are encouraged to apply. This is your opportunity to tell all New Yorkers — and the world — what your organization accomplishes and how you manage to make it possible. What makes your organization unique? How do you embody the best of nonprofit management practices?
The application deadline was May 3, 2013. The guidelines and application form are at http://npexcellence.fcny.org.
- Overall management focus on results
Read more about the Eight Areas of Nonprofit Excellence.
2013 Selection Committee
• Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence to Red Hook Initiative in Brooklyn, which partners with community adults to nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community and society. Jill Eisenhard, founder & executive director and Lisa Cowan, board president, accepted the award and a $25,000 prize. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, RHI has become a hub of emergency relief activities for all of Red Hook.
• Silver Prize to Harlem RBI, which uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire inner-city youth to recognize their potential to realize their dreams. Richard Berlin, executive director and Kenneth Rosh, board chairman accepted the award and a $10,000 prize. Harlem RBI won the Prize for Excellent Communications in 2008 and has now been recognized for its outstanding management practices.
• Bronze Prize to Open Door Family Medical Center in Ossining (Westchester) which provides quality primary health care and human services at affordable prices to the community, particularly low-income, under-served residents and those lacking access to health care. Lindsay Farrell, president & CEO and David K. Sherman, chair of the Center’s Foundation board and treasurer of its operating board, accepted the award and a $5,000 prize. Open Door is the first Westchester winner in the six-year history of the awards.
Each winner also received scholarships towards tuition at Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School, valued at a total of $18,000. In a Best Practices Workshop preceding the awards, Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC Radio interviewed each of the winners about how they manage their organization to achieve mission-driven results.
Read the press release at www.npccny.org/awards/2012/awards2012pr.pdf.
The New York Times Company 2011 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Winners
The Awards, presented at TheTimesCenter, honor and encourage outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. A two-hour Best Practices workshop moderated by Jack Rosenthal proceeded the presentation of the awards. In addition to the cash awards, winning organizations received scholarships for Programs in Social Enterprise for Nonprofit Professionals at The Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Program of Columbia Business School.
2010 Awards Winners
Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence
As winner of the Overall Management Excellence award, Sadie Nash Leadership Project received a $25,000 cash award. The other two winners received cash awards of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. The winners also received a total of $36,000 in scholarships to Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School.
To read the summary of the winners' best practices, go to www.npccny.org/info/2010BestPracticesSummary.pdf.
New York Cares – Winner for Overall Management Excellence
As winner of the Overall Management Excellence award, New York Cares received a $25,000 cash award. The other three winners received cash awards of $5,000 each. The six finalists received a total of $35,000 in scholarships to Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School.
Community Health Action of Staten Island — Winner for Overall Management Excellence
Good Shepherd Services – Winner for Overall Management Excellence