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The Drucker Prize

Award to a USA Nonprofit for Excellence in
Innovation and Highly Effective Programming

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Foundation / Corporation

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Drucker Institute

Deadline Date:

08/03/18 5:00 PM PT


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Award to a USA nonprofit organization that demonstrates excellence in innovation. The award is intended to honor organizations that utilize innovative practices to improve their performance. The judges will also consider the amount of promise an organization shows to further leverage the discipline of innovation based on what has been learned from the resources on The Drucker Prize platform.

The Drucker Prize is granted to the organization that best demonstrates Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

Applicants for The Drucker Prize will be presented with an opportunity to learn some of Peter Drucker’s core principles. The learning expands in depth and breadth for the second round and will be open to 50 semifinalists. In Round 2 leaders of these 50 organizations will then have the opportunity— online and at their own pace—to dive into specially designed mini-courses covering additional key aspects of innovation and nonprofit performance. As they soak in this material—delivered by some of today’s top management thinkers—they will be directed to answer a set of final questions that explores not only how well their organization already engages in some of these practices, but what’s a new thing they’ve learned, and how might they apply this new knowledge.

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GrantWatch ID#: 171667

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The only requirement is the organization must be an IRS-certified 501(c)(3).

Organizations with programs helping people outside the US are eligible. If your organization is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) it doesn’t matter where in the world you do your work.

The prize is meant to recognize organizations with a proven record of performance and innovation. It is not a grant to fund new programs.

Nonprofits that operate under an umbrella organization but do not have theirown 501(c)(3) status are eligible. On the application, list the parent organization as the applicant organization and list your operation as the specific program.

Pre-Application Information:

-The deadline to submit Round 1 of the application is 5PM Pacific time on Monday, April 30.
-The deadline for Round 2, which is open only to 50 semifinalists, is 5PM Pacific time on Friday, August 3.

Key Dates:
-February 1, 2018: Round 1 application goes “live”
-April 30: Deadline for Round 1 applications
-June 1: 50 semifinalists announced; Round 2 courses and application go “live”
-August 3: Deadline for Round 2 applications
-August 31: 10 finalists announced
-October 1: Drucker Prize winner announced
-October 23: Celebration of Drucker Prize winner

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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 any questions please contact:
Laura Roach, Director of The Drucker Prize and Strategic Partnerships

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