How It Works

How It Works

All eligible organizations interested in applying for the Awards are required to complete a readiness assessment before starting the three-stage application process, which includes two written applications and an in-person presentation. This process is guided by the program’s Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence:

The strongest applications are from those organizations where discussion and reflection have been invested by staff, board members, volunteers and other stakeholders prior to completing their applications.

Overall management focus on results and impact
Governance structure moves the organization forward
Financial management is strong, transparent and accountable
Organization is diverse and inclusive
Human resources are valued and developed
Use of information technology (IT) systems improves efficiency and advances mission
Communications are strategic, effective, and build brand
Fundraising and resource development are strategic, donor-centered, and effective

Organizations interested in applying must complete a quick readiness assessment.

In the Part One Application, organizations cite examples of their specific management practices and strategic approaches that merit consideration of these Awards. Of all that apply, ten organizations will be selected as semifinalists and will be asked to complete a Part Two Application where they detail their management practices in each of the above areas.

In the third phase, six finalists will make in-person presentations to a team of Selection Committee members. The Selection Committee will ultimately select three winners.

Readiness Assessment and Part One Application is now closed.