Celebrate the efforts and contributions of your board
With support and input from area experts, the Center created this award in 2011 to recognize and spotlight outstanding leadership from nonprofit Boards of Directors in the Greater Washington area.
The award recognizes the role boards play in building and sustaining successful organizations. By executing their fiduciary and leadership responsibilities, board members ensure their organization is well led, well supported and responsive to the people and communities it serves.
The Center’s 2018 Board Leadership Award is presented by CohnReznick with additional support by ASAE and BoardSource.
Congratulations to 2018 Board Leadership Award winners:
... and also to our Honorable Mentions:
Representatives from the winning and honorable mention organizations were recognized and presented with their awards at our Board Leadership Award Celebration on July 26.
About the Board Leadership Award Competition
At the Center, we believe the benefits of competing are well worth your time and effort, but don’t take our word for it. Hear what past participants have to say.
“Putting this application together gave us a moment to reflect, appreciate, and recognize how robust our Board operations are now, the effort that went into getting to this place, what is still left to do, and - more specifically - what tasks the Board must undertake to continue its growth into the future. All of these practices documented in one place is a great resource for our current Board and will undoubtedly be extremely valuable to new Board members.” —DC Scores
“The Board Leadership Award provides recognition for the outstanding commitment, passion and leadership that the board members and staff have provided to the YWCA over the last few years. It has allowed the board and staff to better understand the requirements for successful board leadership, innovation and partnership and to see the important role they play in the sustainability of the organization.” —YWCA National Capital Area
"Having gone through the [award application] process, we have learned that we want this review to be part of the way we conduct business moving forward. In this way, review of our management processes now reflects the culture that the management team itself helped to create: one of transparency, openness to critique, and tireless dedication to continually improving. The Board Leadership Award will help our donors realize that their investment with A-SPAN is well-managed, and well-placed.” — Arlington Street People's Assistance Network
- District of Columbia
- Maryland:Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, St. Mary's and Prince George's counties.
- Annual budgets under $2 million
- Annual budgets over $2 million
Board Leadership Award application is free to Center members. The fee for nonmembers is $150.
The competition incorporates a three-part judging process that includes a part one written application and fact sheet, an invitation-only part two interview, and site visits for finalists.
To learn more about the award process and application details download the Application Packet
Thank you to our 2018 selection committee:
Tom Colling, Program Manager, Nonprofit Village
Rebecca Diamond, Vice President of Development & Membership, International Spy Museum
Lewis R. Flax, Founder and Principal, Flax Associates, LLC
Kathlyn Taylor Gaubatz, Nonprofit Management Consultant
Chip Lohmeyer, Board Member, DC SCORES
Marguerete Luter, President, The Process Pro, LLC
Larry Robertson, Vice President/Project Director, JBS International, Inc.
Margarita Rozenfeld, CEO, Incite International
Alexis S. Terry, Director, Diversity + Inclusion, ASAE
Kris Thompson, Executive Director, Calvary Women’s Services
Karen Williamson, KEW Consulting, LLC, YWCA Board Member
Anne E. Schrantz, Principal, CohnReznick
Justin Wood, Governance Program Manager, Board Source