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Sitar Arts Center Wins The Washington Post 2015 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 21, 2015 – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post today announced Sitar Arts Center as the 2015 recipient of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. The Post Award recognizes outstanding achievement in nonprofit management for a Washington-area nonprofit organization.

Meet Post Award Finalist: Sitar Arts Center

Sitar Arts Center advances the critical life skills of underserved children and youth and prepares them for achievement in the 21st century through visual, performing, and digital arts education in a nurturing community. Sitar’s year-round youth development programming is a critical resource for D.C.’s most vulnerable children and youth, providing students with a continuum of support designed to cultivate measurable 21st century learning and workforce development skills at every stage in their growth.

Meet Post Award Finalist: Calvary Women’s Services

Calvary Women’s Services offers housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, D.C. to change their lives. Founded in 1983, their programs carry out their mission to offer “a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow.” These programs include transitional and permanent housing, personalized case management, life skills and education opportunities, job training, health and wellness services, on-site therapy, and daily addiction recovery meetings.

Meet Post Award Finalist: A-SPAN

A-SPAN provides life-sustaining services for Arlington’s street homeless. Their mission is to secure permanent housing for one of Arlington’s most vulnerable populations through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect. More than 1,000 homeless persons – 1,636 last year – rely on A-SPAN's for basic services, like shelter, meals, clothing and medical care. A-SPAN works with clients to help them move past homelessness through housing.

Would You Swap Jobs for Your Professional Development?

What if you could switch jobs with, or shadow, someone at an organization that does similar work to yours? That’s exactly what one association professional is doing to advance both her career and her organization.

Like field trips, exchange programs provide valuable opportunities to learn new things, explore new places, and meet new people. And, also like field trips, exchange programs do not have to be relegated to your school days.

Best Practices from the Best in the Sector

Each year, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post host an event to celebrate The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management’s three finalists. The event culminates in a grand reveal – the moment when finalists and attendees alike find out which organization is the ultimate winner of the 2015 Award.

But the event isn’t just about naming a winner; it’s also about celebrating the importance of leadership and management, and sharing the very best tips and tools with the entire nonprofit community.

A Catalyst for Change – Charge Up Collaborative Launches Website Connecting Nonprofits With Critical Operational Resources

Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2015) -- The Charge Up Collaborative announces the official launch of its website -- www.chargeupcollaborative.org. This resource is designed to help the Washington D.C. region’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities access high quality capacity building services tailored to specific organizational needs.

Center Staff visits DCTV

On April 14, the Membership Department and its Mexico 100 Interns visited long-time Center member DCTV, the district’s only television station devoted entirely to local programming created by and for D.C.’s communities. The membership team was welcomed by DCTV’s Community Outreach & Media Manager, Jo-Ann Enwezor, who led the team on a tour of DCTV’s facilities.

Is Your Board on Board?

by Rachel Werner, MPA, GPC, PMP, Owner and CEO, RBW Strategy, LLC

On Thursday, May 7, I will be conducting a training with my dear friend and colleague, Ayda Sanver at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, D.C. We’ll be discussing a topic that I know is near and dear to many – disengaged boards and miscommunication between nonprofit board and staff.

Center Engages Services of C.Fox Communications

 

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is pleased to announce that it has engaged the services of C.Fox Communications, a local mission-driven strategic communications agency, to improve the effectiveness of the Center’s overall communications efforts. We believe in the role of communications as central to any strategic planning process, and we are thrilled to have the C.Fox Communications team on board as our partners—a move that doesn’t just benefit the Center, but that will ultimately benefit each of our members, as well. 

Center for Nonprofit Advancement Announces New VitalHealth Medical Plan for Members

Washington, D.C. (April 8, 2015) – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement has announced updates to their medical insurance plan, offered to members through the VitalHealth program. The Center will offer seven plans for Center members, with insurance coverage provided by CareFirst. 

Make your Board Leadership Award application shine

If you haven’t submitted your Board Leadership Award application, use this advice from selection committee member Andy Davis to make your application stand out from the pack. Davis is BoardSource’s Director of Training and has served on the Board Leadership Award selection committee for five years.

Selection Committee Member Lewis Flax Shares Thoughts on Board Leadership Award

Lewis Flax has served on the Selection Committee for the Board Leadership Award for three years. He is a faculty member at the Center, and is the founder of the firm Flax Associates. Flax took the time to shares his thoughts on the Board Leadership Award in this Q&A.

Nonprofit Board Responsibilities

By DeLeon & Stang CPAs and Advisors

Serving on a nonprofit board is an honor. It’s also a big responsibility, since it is the board’s job to govern and guide the organization. Promoting the organization’s mission, instituting best practices, and proactively managing risk can help ensure board effectiveness.

Mission and Purpose

Learn More About the Board Leadership Award from Selection Committee Member Larry Robertson

Larry Robertson was a board member of N Street Village when the organization won the first Board Leadership Award in 2011. He has served on the award's Selection Committee for the last four years, and in this Q&A, he shares his thoughts on the award and the process of choosing the winners.

Can you walk us through the committee’s process for reviewing nominations?