Nonprofit New York's Nonprofit Excellence Awards program is guided by Nonprofit New York's newly-revised Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence, nationally recognized management areas critical to an organization’s success.

Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence:

Advocacy and strategic alliances further the mission.
Communications are strategic, effective, and build the organization's brand identity.
The organization is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
Financial management is strong, transparent, and accountable.
Fundraising and resource development are strategic, donor-centered, and advance the organization's mission.
Governance structure moves the organization forward.
Human resources are valued and developed.
Planning and evaluation guides the mission and vision.
Technology and data use improves efficiency and advances the organization's mission.

Download a PDF of Nonprofit New York's Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence.

The strongest applications submitted to the Nonprofit Excellence Awards Program tend to be from those organizations with excellent management practices in a majority of these areas and where discussion and reflection have been invested by staff, board members, volunteers and other stakeholders prior to completing the application. The Awards are designed to identify and promote excellent management practices that will provide useful examples of best practices in each of the above areas for other nonprofits. It is our hope that participating in this program will stimulate that goal. In reviewing applications, the Selection Committee takes into account the resources available to each organization.