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Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence Awards

Awards and In-Kind Benefits to Ohio and Michigan Nonprofits
in Eligible Locations to Recognize Excellence

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Blade and Toledo Community Foundation and The Center for Nonprofit Resources

Deadline Date:

06/30/20 Midnight


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Awards of $6,000 and in-kind benefits to Ohio and Michigan nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to recognize excellence. Awards are available to recognize both overall organizational excellence and project, program, or initiative excellence. In addition to the unrestricted cash award, awardees will also receive a glass art award, a print ad in The Blade, a table at the October recognition event, and more. Awards are intended for nonprofit organizations in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Awards will be given to three nonprofit organizations, one in each of the following categories:

  • Nonprofit Innovation Award
  • Nonprofit Excellence Award – Small Organization (Budget less than $500,000)
  • Nonprofit Excellence Award – Large Organization (Budget more than $500,000)

Nonprofit Innovation Award Criteria:

  • This award is intended to honor and showcase a project, program or initiative that demonstrates an innovative and effective response to community challenges. The organization's innovative project, program or initiative should have taken place or been completed within the past 18-24 months. The strongest applications will be from organizations that can demonstrate effective and efficient use of human and financial resources, and involve the collaboration of other nonprofit organizations, businesses, or governmental agencies in their efforts.

Nonprofit Excellence Award – Large and Small Organization Criteria:

  • This award is intended to recognize an organization for overall excellence. The application is designed to give considerable flexibility for an organization to tell its excellence story. The strongest applications will be from those organizations that demonstrate active involvement by staff, board members, volunteers, constituents and other stakeholders in advancing the mission of the organization. Additionally, it is expected that applications will highlight impact and results, not only process.

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GrantWatch ID#: 124952

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All Award Recipients will receive:
- The honor and distinction of being recognized as a leader among regional nonprofits;
- A one-of-a-kind glass art award engraved with the organization’s name;
- An unrestricted grant from Toledo Community Foundation in the amount of $5,000;
- An unrestricted grant in the amount of $1,000 from The Andersons;
- A half-page print ad in The Blade;
- A feature article highlighting the winning organizations in Toledo Community Foundation‘s newsletter, and sharing of award winners via The Center for Nonprofit Resources’ e-newsletter and website; and
- One table for ten (at no charge) at the recognition event to be held in October

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In each category, applicant organizations should meet the following general eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must be a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and based in the eligible region
- Organizations may apply for and are eligible to win in more than one award category, but must submit a separate application for each category, and must address the criteria specific to each award.
- Once an organization has received an award, that organization will become ineligible for that same award for the following three years.

Nonprofit Excellence Award – Large and Small Organization Criteria:
- Applicants must have been a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code for at least five years and have a local governance and management structure in place.

Pre-Application Information:

The award application deadline is Tuesday, June 30, 2019. Award applications must be submitted through Toledo Community Foundation’s online application process. Award applications must be received by midnight of the application deadline.

Awards will be presented to winning organizations at the Annual Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards breakfast on Thursday, October 22, 2019.

Winners will not be announced in advance of the ceremony. As part of the review process, any applicant may be requested to submit additional supplemental information.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For additional information, contact
Patrick Johnston, Senior Program Officer

Questions about the ceremony should be directed to Laura Sams at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Southeast Michigan;   Ohio: Northwest Ohio

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