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About the Awards

Managed by Nonprofit New York, The New York Community Trust, and media sponsored by WNYC, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program recognize innovative and replicable nonprofit management practices, and gives organizations a free 360-degree review of their management strategies in Nonprofit New York's newly-revised key performance areas: the Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence.

Nonprofit New York created the Nonprofit Excellence Awards in 2006 to teach, recognize and encourage outstanding management practices among New York's large and diverse nonprofit community. The Awards highlight the enormously important roles played by thousands of New York's nonprofit organizations in improving our lives and communities. The program helps nonprofit leaders by spotlighting excellent management practices that enable nonprofits to better serve their communities and achieve their missions.

About the Best Nonprofit Conference

We held our inaugural Best Nonprofit Conference in December 2019. As the culminating event of Nonprofit New York's Nonprofit Excellence Awards, we expanded the format of our event for the Awards from a half-day panel presentation to an all-day conference that incorporated concepts and strategies that enhance learning, such as: panel discussions that prioritized peer engagement and participation; templates, tools, and other takeaways from each session to implement immediately at your organization; and highlighted the current year's winners and prior winners of the Awards to show how our Key Areas translate into best practices.

We want every attendee to leave the conference with increased knowledge, coupled with strategies and tools that they can use right away. Learn more about our 2019 Best Nonprofit Conference!

A comment from a past participant:

"The application process is almost more important than the award. The process of learning how to make your organization better, and the opportunity to examine and reexamine how you're operating, yields so many benefits, from cost­ effective programs, to happier colleagues, to improved systems, to staff retention, and more."

- Stephanie Nilva, executive director at Day One


Nonprofit Excellence Awards Program Updates

Read Nonprofit New York's press release announcing the launch of the 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards.


Watch and learn from past winners what the Awards are all about!