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Board Leadership Award

Award to a Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Board of Directors for Outstanding Nonprofit Leadership

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Award of $10,000 and additional benefits to a Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofit board of directors in the Washington metropolitan area to recognize excellence in leadership. The purpose of this award is to highlight and recognize the important role boards play in developing and sustaining successful nonprofit organizations, assuring that they are well led, well-supported, and responsive to the people and communities they serve.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s Board Leadership Award nominees will need to have demonstrated a steady track record of good governance and excellent support, and an improvement and notable achievements for their organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180127

Number of Grants:

One winner is selected, and up to two organizations are selected as honorable mention recipients.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- One winner is selected and will receive a $10,000 grant, communication exposure and training and development opportunities for the organizations’ board and CEO.
- Up to two organizations are also selected as honorable mention recipients and receive communication exposure and training and development opportunities for the board and CEO.

Award recipients who are not a member of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement at the time of the Award presentation in July will be granted Center membership. Membership dues will be deducted from the recipient’s grant award. The recipient will have full access to resources, goods and services available to Center members for a 12-month period.

Term of Contract:

Award recipients will have full access to resources, goods and services available to Center members for a 12-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Boards of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the Washington metropolitan area are eligible.

- The organization must be based in the geographic area defined as the District of Columbia, Virginia or Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.
- Two-thirds of the Board members must have served on the Board a minimum of one year as of the due date of the nomination.
- All examples and explanations used in the nomination must have occurred during the Executive Director or Board members’ tenure and must have been accomplished/implemented within the past five years.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for nominations (which is Part 1 of the application process) is March 25, 2019.


- February 12: Call for Nominations Opens
- March 25: Nominations Due
- April 26: Semi-finalists Notified
- May 10: Semi-finalists Interviews
- May 17: Finalists Notified
- June 3-14: Site Visits
- July (TBD): Board Leadership Award Presentation

Board Leadership Award application is free to Center members. The fee for nonmembers is $150; once the nomination is submitted, an invoice will be sent to you.

Internal nominations must be made in cooperation with the current Executive Director. External nominations must be made in cooperation with the Board Chair and the Executive Director.

The competition incorporates a three-part judging process that includes a part one written application and fact sheet, a part two interview for semi-finalists, and a part three site visit for finalists. (Applicants invited to complete Part Two will not receive feedback on their Part One application. They will receive feedback only if they are not selected as a finalist.) For further details about the Nomination and Selection process, see

Only one application per organization will be accepted.

Winners of this award must wait a minimum of three years to re-apply.

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Contact Information:

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

For the online Nomination Form:

Questions can be directed to:

Sean Sweeney
Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Telephone: 202.457.0540

1666 K Street, NW Suite 440,
Washington, DC 20006

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Washington Metropolitan Area (Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties);   Virginia: Washington Metropolitan Area;   Washington, DC