Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Nonprofits that work tirelessly to implement innovative systems and management practices deserve to be recognized by their peers. Through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, we shine a spotlight on exceptional nonprofits that stand out in our Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence. The awards are an opportunity for all of us to learn from — and aspire to — their best practices.

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards program provides you with the opportunity to assess your management practices in a full 360-degree assessment, along with insightful feedback from our knowledgeable team of experts (our Selection Committee). You could also be recognized in your innovative and promising management practices and win cash prizes and scholarships to Columbia Business School leadership programs for nonprofit professionals.

"Applying provides organizations with a structure through which they can assess their own practices. It gives the staff the opportunity to reflect and also pinpoint the organization's strengths and weaknesses. The feedback received by the reviewers is also very helpful and allowed us to work on particular areas where we may have been underdeveloped." Evie Hantzopoulos, Executive Director, Global Kids, 2020 Winner for Overall Management Excellence

"If you want to better understand your nonprofit, apply for this Award. It will help you to understand what your organization is doing right, what you need to do better, and, above all, where your organizational values meet your organizational policies and management practices." Jenni Wolfson, Executive Director, Chicken & Egg Pictures, 2020 Awards Finalist

Update for 2021: After lots of conversations with the program’s steadfast supporters, we have decided to put the Nonprofit Excellence Awards on hold this year. While we will not be accepting and reviewing applications, we will continue to engage the remarkable talents of our Selection Committee and draw from the lessons learned from past winners as we focus on centering racial equity in our reimagined sector.