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Awards to Greater Atlanta, Georgia Nonprofits to
Recognize their Excellent Management Practices

2018 Managing For Excellence Award

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Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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Deadline Date:

03/29/18 Noon


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Awards of $75,000 to recognize Greater Atlanta, Georgia nonprofits that use excellent management practices and innovative thinking to positively impact the communities they serve. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session on December 21. Applicants will be assessed on all aspects of their management and operations.

These awards are provided to nonprofits working in the fields of arts, community development, education, nonprofit effectiveness, and well-being.

- Arts: Build a dynamic arts ecology to ensure all residents in the region will have access to high quality cultural experiences and diverse artistic programs.
- Community Development: Ensure that the region produces equitable economic growth, strong civic health and safe communities.
- Education: Improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners across the education spectrum, from early learning through post-secondary and workforce preparation.
- Nonprofit Effectiveness: Invest in the region’s nonprofits with the tools and financial resources to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs.
- Well-being: Ensure a healthy, safe and engaged region, where residents have access to health care and nutritious food.

The review committee will seek to learn why your organization is exceptional, how your attributes add up and how your management excellence contributes to your success. Competitive organizations will demonstrate they have the infrastructure for long term impact and consistent delivery of services through economic and leadership transition.

Award recipients will demonstrate the following attributes:

- Strong Leadership - Leaders promote an ethical, diverse and inclusive culture, are invested in developing the capacity of staff and volunteers, and respond proactively to challenges and opportunities.
- Solid Business Practices: Organization has written policies and consistent practices for developing and reviewing the annual budget, assessing staff, implementing the strategic plan, and securing signed memoranda of agreement, confidentiality agreements and conflict of interest statements.
- Stable Infrastructure: Organization is financially sustainable, has a plan for building and maintaining policies for operating reserves and invests in operations and technology.
- Mission and Impact: Organization has a current strategic plan and regularly monitors progress toward goals in the strategic plan. The organization has thoughtful program and operational metrics and regularly seeks stakeholder feedback.
- Innovation: Organization considers new solutions to challenges and builds creative thought partnerships that lead to greater responsiveness and better efficiencies in programs, operations and governance.

Organizations selected for this award have strong written policies that guide their governance practices, a thorough strategic plan that unifies the organization’s board, staff and volunteers, responsive evaluation methods, outstanding program outcomes, robust partnerships that expand the organization’s reach and demonstrate cultural competence in all aspect of the organization’s work.

Awardees are selected from two budget categories: organizations with budgets under $2,000,000, and organizations with budgets above $2,000,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159977

Number of Grants:

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta presents this award to two organizations annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Recipients each receive a $75,000 cash award, consulting services, a professional development opportunity at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a robust package of marketing and recognition opportunities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that meet the following requirements are eligible and invited to apply for the Managing for Excellence Award:

- Have received at least one grant between August 2007 and October 2017 from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Eligible programs include, but are not limited to: Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund; Common Good Fund; field-of interest funds; General Operating Support; Grants to Green; Local Funds; Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund; Nonprofit Toolbox or donor-advised fund grants. Organizations will be asked to identify a grant that meets this criterion.


- Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area;
- Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) and the I.R.S. determination must be current;
- Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit (click here to verify);
- Must have a minimum two-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification;
- Must have annual operating expenses greater than $100,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990;
- Must have at least one full-time paid employee (paid minimum wage or more, working at least 35 hours per week, classified as a W-2 employee) for the 12 months prior to submitting an application (please note that contractors or consultants do not count toward this requirement);
- Must have audited or reviewed financial statements that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or Government Auditing Standards (GAS) for the past two completed fiscal years as required by budget size. Organizations with annual budgets over $250,000 must have audited financial statements; organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $249,999 must have reviewed financial statements;
- Must have a board of directors where 100% of members made personal cash donations or made financially measureable in-kind contributions during the last completed fiscal year (please note there is no required cash donation amount);
- Must have a board of directors representing the diversity and demographics of the community served, including individuals with varied skill sets and the committee structure necessary to succeed;
- National organizations with local chapters/affiliates or programs: local chapters/affiliates or programs must demonstrate local control over their finances and operations, and have a local governing board. Written documentation delineating local control over the local chapter/affiliate must be available upon request.
- Must have a current written strategic or business plan for the whole organization that covers at least 24 months which includes the organization’s entire current fiscal year and includes the following:

* Mission and vision statements
* Stakeholder participation (staff, board, consumers/clients, volunteers, etc.)
* Strategic goals and measureable objectives
* Implementation plan showing action steps, a timeline and assigned staff and board responsibilities
* Quarterly, semi-annual or annual written assessment by staff and board to measure organizational progress towards goals

Preference will be given to strategic plans that include reference to resources (expenses and staff/board capacity) necessary to achieve goals and objectives.

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:

- Organizations that have not received at least one grant between August 2007 and October 2017 from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Eligible programs include, but are not limited to: Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund; Common Good Fund; field-of interest funds; General Operating Support; Grants to Green; Local Funds; Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund; Nonprofit Toolbox or donor-advised fund grants.
- Private and publicly funded schools (K-12) and institutions of higher learning. This does not include nonprofit charter schools.
- Organizations that raise funds for publicly funded schools (K-12), institutions of higher learning and government agencies.
- Organizations that provide religious services and/or education.
- Organizations that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information or political beliefs.
- Organizations that have received a Managing for Excellence Award may not apply again until seven years have passed.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Managing for Excellence 2018 Online Orientation Session:

To help you understand the application process and give you an opportunity to ask questions, Community Foundation staff will provide an online orientation session on Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST.

Attending the orientation is not required but highly encouraged.

Prospective applicants who are unable to join the live orientation are encouraged to review the recorded orientation session presentation (PowerPoint and audio) that will be posted on the Community Foundation’s website after December 19.

Click on the link in the Contact Information section below to register for the online orientation session.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the guidelines.

2018 Grant Cycle Timeline:

- December 21, 2017 at 2pm: Online orientation session
- February 1, 2018 at noon: Deadline for nonprofits to submit the Round One Application (Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application, Managing for Excellence Round One Application Supplement and all required attachments)
- March 8, 2018: The Foundation notifies nonprofits whether they are invited to the Round Two Application
- March 29, 2018 at noon: Nonprofits invited to the next stage of the process submit their Round Two Application
- April 27, 2018: Finalist applicants contacted and invited to schedule site visits at the organization’s location
- May 3-15, 2018: Site visits are conducted
- June 29, 2018: The Foundation notifies applicants of the award decision

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Click here to register for the online orientation session:

Staff Contacts:

Lisa Cremin
Director, Community Advancement

Lauren Jeong
Program Associate

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: 23-County Greater Atlanta Area

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