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2015 Awards Applications Available
March 2, 2015

NPCC is delighted to announce the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, produced by NPCC, The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York, and sponsored by WNYC. Now entering its ninth year, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program teaches, recognizes and encourages outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. The Awards program gives organizations a free 360-degree review of their key management strategies in eight nationally-recognized key performance areas. 

“With so many pressing problems in New York and the suburbs, we need well-run nonprofits,” said Lorie Slutsky, president of The New York Community Trust, one of the region’s leading funders of nonprofits. “Our Awards program recognizes the importance of strong management and rewards those organizations that are leading the way.”

Winning organizations receive $60,000 in cash awards, special mention on WNYC, and tuition scholarships for Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. Winners will be honored at a special Awards Presentation in November 2015.

“More than simply a chance for prize money, the Awards process is a unique opportunity for nonprofits to improve their management practices, thanks to the selection committee’s expert guidance,” says NPCC president Michael Clark. 

Applications are due Friday, May 1 at 10am.  The application and more information is at http://npexcellence.fcny.org.

Read the full press release here.  

2015 Awards Application Clinics
NPCC will hold the following application clinics and phone conference to give those considering submitting an application for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards a chance to ask questions and get more detailed information about the application and selection processes. Prospective applicants are encouraged to bring a board member.
March 27 (Friday)   10-11:30am  —  Adelphi University, Garden City
April 1 (Wednesday)   3:30-5pm  —  A.R.T./New York South Oxford Space, Brooklyn
April 2 (Thursday)   10-11:30am  —  Baruch College, Manhattan
April 7 (Tuesday) 3:30-5pm — Hostos Community College, Bronx
April 8 (Wednesday)   12-1pm  Conference Call Q & A

About the Awards
The 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards are produced by the NPCC, The New York Community Trust, and Philanthropy New York, and are sponsored by WNYC. Additional financial and in-kind support is provided by The Clark Foundation, Ford Foundation, Google, McGladrey LLP, and Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise. Now in its ninth year, the Awards program teaches, recognizes and encourages outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community.  Detailed feedback is available to all participants, based on reviews by the top nonprofit experts of the selection committee.

Winning organizations receive $60,000 in cash awards, special mention on WNYC, and tuition scholarships for the Columbia Business School Executive Education. Winners will be honored at a special Awards Presentation in November 2015.

The application deadline is 10am on Friday, May 1, 2015. The application and more information is at http://npexcellence.fcny.org. The program’s guiding document, Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence, is at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/excellence.

Read the press release here.

Application Process
The three-stage application process includes two stages of written applications and an in-person presentation. In the Part One Application, organizations are required to address the eight key areas of nonprofit management listed below. In the Part Two Application, 10 semifinalists are asked to tell how their management strategies work together to create an excellently managed organization.

Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence:
-Overall management focus on results
-Governance structure that moves the organization forward
-Strong, transparent and accountable financial management
-Diversity and culturally competent organizational practices
-Enlightened use of human resources 
-Appropriate and reliable information technology (IT) systems
-Regular and effective communications and use of communications technology
-Effective, ethical fundraising and resource development

2015 Selection Committee (in formation)
Diana Davenport, (Committee Chair), Vice President, Administration, The Commonwealth Fund; Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director, The Funding Exchange; Jen Chau Fontán, Director of Talent Development, Harlem RBI; Lillian Cho, Arts Management Consultant; Michael Davidson, Board Coach;  Sandy Fernandez, Executive Director, National Partnerships & Strategy, JP Morgan Chase; Yancy R. Garrido, Senior Program Officer, The Clark Foundation; Anat Gerstein, President, Anat Gerstein, Inc.; Lupita Gonzalez, Executive Coach & Organizational Development Consultant; Joan Grangenois-Thomas, Principal, JGT Communications;   Dawn Khan, Director of Technology Services, RoundTable Technology;  Barbara Krasne, Managing Director, KrasnePlows; Judy Levine, Executive Director, Cause Effective; Aaron J. Levitt, Director, CUCS Institute; Tara Linh Leaman, Program Director, Westchester Building Futures; Hester Lyons, Consultant, Lonschein Accounting Services; Pavitra Menon, Senior Consultant, CRE; Linda S. Manley, Legal Director, Lawyers Alliance for New York; Carolyn McLaughlin, retired Executive Director, BronxWorks; Laurel Molloy, Founder & Chief Consultant, Innovations Quantified; Jina Paik, Associate Director, Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund; Russell Pomeranz, President & CEO, Claverack Advisory Group; Norman Reiss, Project Manager, Technology, Center for Court Innovation; Robin L. Robin, Director of Human Resources, New York Hall of Science; Angelie Singla, Director of Institutional Giving, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City; David M. Sturm, Interim VP and CIO, Bank Street College; Ann Marie Thigpen, Director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Adelphi University.


2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Announced
November 20, 2014

NPCC is delighted to announce the three New York City nonprofits receiving the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which recognize outstanding management practices of nonprofits in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester.

Leake & Watts won the Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence, Row New York and Graham Windham won the Silver Prize and Bronze Prize for Management Excellence, respectively. The winners were announced November 20 at a Best Practices Workshop, Awards Presentation, and reception held at Citi’s auditorium in Manhattan.  

The organizations were selected for their use of excellent management practices to turn around a failing organization, to strategically manage growth of a young organization, and to review and improve an organization’s ability to realize its mission, respectively. The winners were selected by a panel of 30 nonprofit management experts.

All three winners serve New York City’s at-risk youth, the first time in the program’s eight year history that all three winners serve a similar population, although with different services and goals. The organizations range in size, budget and age. Row New York is the smallest and youngest with a budget of $1.8 million, and 24 full time staff members. It was founded in 2002. Graham Windham, founded in 1806, is the oldest. Leake & Watts has the largest budget, at nearly $75 million. A total of 77 organizations applied for this year’s Awards, up 25 percent from 2013.

Read the full press release here.


Nonprofit Excellence Awards Finalists Announced
October 7, 2014

Six nonprofits have been named as finalists in the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. They are:

Join us on Thursday, November 20 from 2-5:30pm for the Best Practices Workshop & Awards Presentation as three winners participate in a workshop sharing their management strengths and the strategies that led to their selection.  The presentation of the awards and a reception will follow. The event will be held at Citi, 399 Park Avenue, 12th Floor Auditorium, New York, NY. Click here to register.

Read the complete press release here.


Nonprofit Excellence Awards Semifinalists Announced
August 4, 2014

The semifinalists for the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards are:

Bowery Residents’ Committee: This Manhattan-based organization is a leading provider of housing and services to more than 10,000 of New York City’s neediest individuals.

Community Access: Based in downtown Manhattan, this organization expands opportunities for people to recover from trauma, mental illness and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services.

Equal Justice USA:This Brooklyn-based national organization works to make our criminal justice system fair and effective by ending the death penalty, strengthening programs that help crime survivors address trauma and rebuild their lives, promoting constructive responses to violence, and enacting other common sense criminal justice reforms.

Girls Write Now: Based in Manhattan, this organization provides guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls from New York City’s public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices.

Graham Windham: Since its founding in 1806, Graham Windham has been a vital force in providing innovative child welfare, educational, vocational, youth development and other social service programs to help New York City's children and families achieve life-changing outcomes.

Leake & Watts: From their roots as an orphanage supporting vulnerable children founded in 1831, Leake & Watts helps over 5000 children, adults and families in need to create strong foundations for success in the five core areas of child welfare, special education, early education, developmental disabilities services and juvenile justice services each day.

Planned Parenthood of New York City: For nearly 100 years, this organization has been providing affordable sexual and reproductive health services and information to individuals regardless of income, ethnicity, immigrations status or sexual orientation.

Row New York: Based in Queens and Manhattan, this organization empowers youth from under-resourced communities to build strength, gain confidence, and pursue excellence through the competitive sport of rowing, paired with academic support.

Safe Horizon: With 57 programs in all five boroughs, Safe Horizon provides support, prevents violence and promotes justice for victims of violence and abuse, their families and communities.

Washington Heights CORNER Project: Based in Washington Heights, this organization seeks to better the lives and health of those who use drugs through outreach programs, education, and referral services.

Six finalists will be announced in early October and visited by the program’s selection committee. Three organizations will be honored at a special presentation in November 2014. Winning organizations will receive $60,000 in cash awards, special mention on WNYC, and tuition scholarships for Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School.

Read the full press release here.


2013 Winners
November 21, 2013

The Children’s Village, CSH and BronxWorks were 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, 2013 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.

A press release is available here.


2012 Winners
November 15, 2012
The winners of the 2012 New York Community Trust - New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards were announced at a ceremony at Citi on November 15, 2012. They were:

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


2011 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Winners
The winners of the 2011 Awards were:
Harlem Academy received the Gold prize for Overall Management Excellence and an award of $25,000.
City Harvest was awarded the Silver prize for management excellence with a prize of $10,000.
Sanctuary for Families received the Bronze prize for management excellence and a $5,000 prize.

Read a summary about the winning organization's best practices.


2010 Awards Winners

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence
God's Love We Deliver - Silver Prize for Management Excellence
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest - Bronze Prize for 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.


2009 Winners

New York Cares – Winner for Overall Management Excellence
Groundwork, Inc. – Winner for Excellent Management
Vera Institute of Justice – Winner for Excellent Management
Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project – Winner for Excellent Communications

A special recognition was given to two finalists, Citizens Advice Bureau and Legal Information for Families Today.

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.


2008 Winners

Community Health Action of Staten Island — Winner for Overall Management Excellence
Harlem RBI — Winner for Excellent Communications
Ifetayo Cultural Arts — Winner for Excellent Culturally-Based Management Strategies
The Institute for Family Health — Winner for Excellent Use of Technology and Focus on Mission


2007 Winners

Good Shepherd Services – Winner for Overall Management Excellence
Center for Urban Community Services – Winner for Excellence in Sustained Impact
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality - Winner for Excellence in Meeting Emerging Issues
WITNESS – Winner for Excellence in Communications

March 2, 2015