Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. The annual EXCEL Award not only recognizes outstanding nonprofit leadership in our region, but also provides an opportunity for all of us to learn from authentic paths toward excellence. After an extensive application and interview process, the Center is excited to announce that the 2021 EXCEL Award Winner is Koube Ngaaje, President and CEO of District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc (DASH.)

2021 Winner:

Koube Ngaaje, President & CEO at District Alliance for Safe Housing. Koube is leading a new phase of growth and innovation marked by increased revenue, expanded programming, a focus on monitoring and evaluation, and several awards and honors.

 

 


Honorable Mentions: 

Mark Chalfant, Artistic and Executive Director at Washington Improv Theater.
Lisa Whetzel, Executive Director at Britepaths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, special thanks to GRF CPAs and Advisors for
14 years as
our presenting sponsor!

 

 


The annual EXCEL Award not only recognizes outstanding nonprofit leadership in our region, but also provides an opportunity for all of us to learn from authentic paths toward excellence. The Center has produced a series of video shorts touching on three key issues identified in this year’s competition. Each video stars our 2021 award finalists, focusing on a critical, highly relevant area of achievement where she was exceptionally successful.

Hosted by Sean Sweeney, the Center’s Director of Education and Special Programs, the videos also include guest appearances from Ian Shuman, representing GRF CPAs & Advisors, our EXCEL Award Sponsor.

All are free to watch at your convenience. We encourage you to learn from their experiences!

Cultivating EXCELLENCE in Nonprofit Leadership

 

 

 

First releaseBuilding Coalition

Starring 2021 EXCEL Award winner
Koube Ngaaje, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)

and Honorable Mentions:
Mark Chalfant, Washington Improv Theater
Lisa Whetzel, Britepaths

 

Second release: Empowering Staff

Starring 2021 EXCEL Award winner
Koube Ngaaje, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)

and Honorable Mentions:
Mark Chalfant, Washington Improv Theater
Lisa Whetzel, Britepaths

 

First release: Working with Your Board

Starring 2021 EXCEL Award winner
Koube Ngaaje, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)

and Honorable Mentions:
Mark Chalfant, Washington Improv Theater
Lisa Whetzel, Britepaths

 

 

About the EXCEL Award

Awarded by the Center since 2005 and sponsored by GRF CPAs & Advisors since 2007, the EXCEL Award honors exceptional nonprofit chief executives in our region. The competition recognizes achievement in the areas of innovation, motivation, community building, ethical integrity and strategic leadership.

One nominee is selected as the EXCEL winner and is given access to a $10,000 professional development account. The winner’s organization receives a $2,000 cash award to support professional development programs for its staff.

Up to two nominees may be selected as honorable mention recipients. Each of their organizations receives a $3,000 award to support professional development programs for the candidate and/or staff.

The deadline for applications was Friday, August 6, 2021. Finalists were notified by Friday, August 27, 2021 and are undergoing site visits and individual interviews. Download our Nomination Packet.  If you have any questions about the process, please email seans@nonprofitadvancement.org.