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Board Leadership Award

Awards to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Boards of Directors for Outstanding Nonprofit Leadership

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Foundation / Corporation

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Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Deadline Date:

03/30/18 Midnight


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

Standards of practice in governance are increasingly embraced by organizations of all sizes and at all stages of development. The Board Leadership Award Competition is an effort to acknowledge boards that have exerted their leadership in an exemplary way. Boards will need to have demonstrated a steady track record of good governance and excellent support, and an improvement and notable achievements for their organization.

What Does an Outstanding Board Look Like?

An outstanding board will demonstrate that, by challenging itself, it has made a meaningful difference in the life of the organization. An outstanding board will have moved beyond recommended fundamental roles and responsibilities to bring new levels of leadership and focus within the board that deliver results for the organization.

There is a presumption that boards nominated for the award can demonstrate adherence to fundamental board practices including support for the mission, respect for staff leaders, sound recruitment practices, a common commitment to diversity in perspectives and representation, participating actively in board affairs, prudent oversight of financial and program matters, personal generosity, and thoughtful and well informed decision making. Boards will be expected to confirm that fundamental practices are in place as part of the review process.

The recipients of the Board Leadership Award will demonstrate to other boards and organizations in the Washington region the value of approaching governance with the goal of moving beyond fundamental board practices and toward making the most of the board’s composition and contribution to organizational effectiveness and growth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180127

Number of Grants:

Two organizations’ Board of Directors will be selected as the 2018 Board Leadership Award Winners, one for an organization with an annual budget under $2 million and one for an organization with an annual budget of over $2 million. Up to two honorable mentions from each category will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The organizations winning the award will each receive a $10,000 grant.

Winning and honorable mention recipients will 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.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Board of Directors of 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, Suburban Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George’s counties) or Virginia.

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 not exceed five years.

Pre-Application Information:

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 fee to participate is free for Center Members; $150.00 for all other organizations. Once the nomination is submitted an invoice will be sent to you.

To submit Part One application, email nomination packet and supporting documents by March 30, 2018. Nominations are to be submitted by midnight on Friday, March 30, 2019.

After an initial screening, the Board Leadership Award Selection Committee will narrow the list of nominations based on responses to the Part One application. Up to four semifinalists for the under $2 million category and up to four semifinalists for the over $2 million category will be notified no later than May 4, 2018. Those semi-finalists will be invited to participate in interviews at the Center with the Selection Committee. Interviews will take place on May 22, 2018.

After interviews have concluded the selection committee will select up to three organizations from each category who will be asked to participate in the site visit phase. Site visits will be conducted between June 6 - June 21, 2018. The committee will select the 2018 winners and honorable mentions for each category after the completion of all site visits. The winners will be announced at a presentation in July.

Program Timetable:
-Applications Available: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
-Part One Application Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018
-Semi-Finalists Notified: Friday, May 4, 2018
-Semi-Finalist Interviews: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
-Finalists Notified: Friday, May 25, 2018
-Site-Visits: June 6 - 21, 2018
-Winners and Honorable Mention Announced in July, 2018

More information about Center Membership may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Taylor Strange

To mail-in the Part One application:

The Board Leadership Award Selection Committee
Center for Nonprofit Advancement
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