Local Nonprofits Recognized for Outstanding Board Leadership

Top Honors Awarded to Bowen McCauley Dance, Northern Virginia Family Service

2013 Board Leadership AwardJuly 24, 2013—The Center for Nonprofit Advancement today announces Bowen McCauley Dance and Northern Virginia Family Service as winners of the 2013 Board Leadership Award. This competitive award presented by CohnReznick LLP recognizes the role that boards play in building and sustaining successful organizations by executing their fiduciary and leadership responsibilities—assuring that they are well led, well supported and responsive to the people and communities they serve.

Two organizations’ Board of Directors were named as the Center’s 2013 Board Leadership Award winners—one for an organization with an annual budget under $2 million and one for an organization with an annual budget over $2 million.

Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) of Arlington, Va., educates, entertains and inspires by making contemporary dance accessible to all, through performances and outreach activities. The Award Selection Committee noted the board’s commitment to mission in management decisions, board training and financial management practices in their award selection in the under $2 million budget category.

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) of Oakton, Va., empowers individuals and families to improve their quality of life and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs. The Award Selection Committee noted the board’s role as advocates, due diligence in preparing for and evaluating opportunities, and effective use of community resources in their award selection in the over $2 million budget category.

“The Center is empowered and motivated by the findings from this hard fought competition each year,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “We are grateful to all nominees and delighted to celebrate our 2013 winners and honorable mention recipients as we raise the bar for good governance in our nonprofit sector.”

2013 Board Leadership Award Honorees

As winners in the Award’s two categories, BMD and NVFS each receive a $10,000 grant, communications exposure through print, radio, television and social media, and training and development opportunities for the board and CEO from BoardSource and through the Center's Learning & Leadership Institute.

In addition, the Center recognized Main Street Child Development Center of Fairfax, Va., and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company of Washington, DC with Honorable Mention Awards.

Each honorable mention recipient receives communications exposure through print, radio, television and social media, and training and development opportunities for the board and CEO from the Center’s Learning & Leadership Institute.

The award Selection Committee, made up of distinguished members of the business, philanthropic and nonprofit community, searched for examples of outstanding boards that have moved beyond recommended best practices to bring new levels of engagement and focus within the board that deliver results for the organization.

Finalists were selected through a three-step judging process including a comprehensive nomination form, in person interview with board members and the executive director, and a site visit/meeting attended by board members, the executive director and representatives from the community served.

The Board Leadership Award was launched in 2011 by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and is presented by CohnReznick LLP with educational support by BoardSource.

See findings from the 2013 selection process.

Center members, log-in to access templates, tools and resources from this and previous years of competition.

See photos from the Board Leadership Showcase.

Learn more about the Board Leadership Award.

About the Center for Nonprofit Advancement

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement strengthens the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Washington, D.C. The Center directly partners with nearly 1,000 nonprofits (our members) helping them achieve their missions through training and technical assistance programs, networking, advocacy and group buying power.