Selection Process

Selection Process

Winners will be selected by an expert Awards Selection Committee after a three-stage judging process, including two stages of written applications and an in-person presentation. The members of the Selection Committee were carefully chosen for their deep and broad knowledge in the Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence that guide the Awards program. Employees of NPCC, The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York do not in any way influence the Selection Committee's voting; however, these organizations administer and facilitate the Awards selection process.

The Selection Process

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
  • Eligible nonprofits apply online
  • Qualified Part One applications are reviewed by Selection Committee
  • 10 Semifinalists are selected
  • 10 Semifinalists invited to submit Part Two applications
  • Applications are reviewed by Selection Committee
  • 6 Finalists are selected

The Selection Committee for these Awards is firmly committed to judging all applicants fairly, only taking into account their size, age, purpose and other factors in order to realistically adjust expectations of and assess achievements of their specific management practices.

Winning organizations are required to participate in a special Awards Presentation and Best Practices Workshop, where winners will highlight their management strengths and discuss the strategies and practices that led to their selection.

After each stage of the selection process, all applicants may request feedback on their applications, including summaries of Selection Committee comments and scoring. Contact information and instructions will be included in your notification email at the conclusion of each stage.

All information submitted for consideration remains confidential to Selection Committee members and staff administering the Awards.