Nominations for the 2023 award are now closed. Stay tuned to see who wins!

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.

This award distinguishes those Boards that go above and beyond recommended standards and fundamentals to bring new levels of leadership to their role, resulting in positive changes and notable successes for their organizations. To win the award, all candidates must go through an extensive selection process that includes nominations, interviews, and final site visits.

Nominations can be made by board members, staff members, volunteers, clients or community members, and can be made with or without the candidate’s knowledge.

If you have any questions about the process, please email

Learn from the experience of our past winners!

In 2021, 2022 and 2023 the Center presented a series of video shorts on relevant topics. The series includes interviews with leaders from award winners and honorable mentions. Videos are available to watch on demand.