Finalists announced for 2015 Board Leadership Award

July 22, 2015—The Center for Nonprofit Advancement announced that Arlington Street People's Assistance Network and City Blossoms are the winners of the 2015 Board Leadership Award. This competitive award, presented by CohnReznick LLP, recognizes the role that boards play in building and sustaining successful organizations by executing their fiduciary and leadership responsibilities—assuring that they are well led, well supported and responsive to the people and communities they serve.

Boards from two organizations were named as the Center’s 2015 Board Leadership Award winners—one for an organization with an annual budget under $2 million and one for an organization with an annual budget over $2 million.


A-SPAN secures permanent housing and provide life-sustaining services for Arlington's most vunerable individuals through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect. The Award Selection Committee noted the board’s commitment to clear communication with stakeholders, personal accountability and effective and productive meetings in their award selection in the over $2 million budget category.





City Blossoms works with community-based neighborhood groups and schools to create outdoor spaces where children and youth can use their creativity, intellect, and energy and grow fantastic and functioning gardens. The organization's youth-driven gardens provide healthy activities and safe spaces to play and explore through a unique method of developing and engaging youth as the main cultivators.


“The Center is delighted to share best practices for both new and long-existing boards,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “We are grateful to all organizations that participated in our competition and salute our winners and honorable mention recipients for their leadership and good works.”

As winners in the Award’s two categories, A-SPAN  and City Blossoms each receive a $10,000 grant, communications exposure through print, radio, television and social media, and training and development opportunities for the board and CEO from BoardSource and through the Center's Learning & Leadership Institute.

In addition, the Center recognized Global Impact, Leadership Arlington, and National Center for Children and Families with Honorable Mention Awards.

Each honorable mention recipient receives communications exposure through print, radio, television and social media, and training and development opportunities for the board and CEO from the Center’s Learning & Leadership Institute.

The award Selection Committee, made up of distinguished members of the business, philanthropic and nonprofit community, searched for examples of outstanding boards that have moved beyond recommended best practices to bring innovative methods of engagement and focus within the board that deliver results for the organization.

Finalists were selected through a three-step judging process including a comprehensive nomination form, in person interview with board members and the executive director, and a site visit/meeting attended by board members, the executive director and representatives from the community served.

The Board Leadership Award was launched in 2011 by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and is presented by CohnReznick LLP with educational support by BoardSource.

Learn more about the Board Leadership Award.

About the Center for Nonprofit Advancement
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement strengthens the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Washington, D.C. The Center directly partners with nearly 1,000 nonprofits (our members) helping them achieve their missions through training and technical assistance programs, networking, advocacy and group buying power.

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