Earn recognition, cash awards, enhanced credibility and more

The Center recognizes that nonprofits in our region perform extraordinary feats every day and yet still continuously strive to do more and do it better. Through our competitions, we provide a way to reward and enhance your efforts.

The advantages of competing for an award include:

  • incentive to complete an internal assessment and the benefits of doing so
  • valuable insights and recommendations from a review panel of experts
  • the opportunity to learn about best practices, new approaches and innovative ideas in the nonprofit sector

Award winners also earn cash grants and boasting rights, enhancing credibility with funders, clients, volunteers and supporters.

The Center’s annual competitions and events include:

Board Leadership Award Competition

Recognizes exceptional nonprofit boards.

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2022 – Learn from the experience of our winners!

Recognizes exceptional nonprofit boards.

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EXCEL Award Competition

Recognizes extraordinary leadership among nonprofit executive directors.

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Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Awards

Recognizes public officials who have gone above and beyond in partnership with the nonprofit sector.

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Annual Celebration

Recognizes the remarkable efforts and invaluable impact of all nonprofits in our region.

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2019 Board Leadership Award Event

Congratulations to our 2019 Board Leadership Award Winner: We also congratulate our two honorable mentions:…

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2020 – Learn from the experience of our winners! #3

The annual Board Leadership Award not only recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful boards,…

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2021 Board Leadership Award Honorable Mention- 826DC

 826DC What does being a finalist for this award mean for you and your organization?…

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2021 Board Leadership Award Winner- Carpenter’s Shelter

     Carpenter's Shelter What does being a finalist for this award mean for you…

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2022 Board Leadership Award Selection Committee

Edith Bullard Board Chair Carpenter's Shelter Tom Colling Manager of Administration & Grants Montgomery Coalition…

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Competitions are judged by selection committees composed of local leaders in the nonprofit, foundation, corporate and government sectors. Center staff members facilitate the award process and overall management, but they have no voting role during the adjudication process. Representatives from sponsors may also participate as non-voting observers on the selection committees.

Every effort is made to protect the integrity of the award process, adhering to best practices and high ethical standards, such as monitoring confidentiality and conflicts of interest.

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“The expertise of Center staff and the membership is incredibly valuable, as is recognition from an organization of non-profit thought-leaders and expert practitioners.”

Susan Rockwell, Washington School for Girls

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