The Awards competition is open to any operating 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the New York City area: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County. National and international nonprofit organizations are eligible, but can only apply if management activities are focused in the New York City area. The competition is free to all applicants. Organizations do NOT need to be members of NPCC to apply.
Applications are welcome from organizations of all budget sizes, relatively new or well-established organizations, and any type of operating 501(c)(3) nonprofit, regardless of its mission. In reviewing applications, the Selection Committee takes into account the management resources available to each organization in terms of funding, staff and volunteers. Start-up nonprofits are eligible, but the application and awards process focus on management track record and results, not future plans.
Once an organization has received an award, that organization will become ineligible to participate in the competition for the following three years (e.g., 2016 award-winners cannot participate again until the 2020 Awards competition).