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Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Awards to New York City Area Nonprofits
to Recognize Exemplary Management Practices

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) and The New York Community Trust

Deadline Date:

04/24/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Awards of up to $30,000 to New York City area nonprofit organizations to recognize and promote exemplary management practices in the nonprofit community. Finalists also receive scholarships for nonprofit professionals to attend a leadership program at a business school. This awards program is intended to spotlight excellent management practices that enable nonprofits to better serve their communities and achieve their missions.

NPCC’s Excellence Awards program provides an opportunity for all nonprofits to assess their management practices in a full 360-degree assessment of their management practices, along with insightful feedback from a knowledgeable team of experts, and recognizes those with innovative and promising management practices.

This year’s Awards will highlight a new best practice—advocacy and strategic alliances. This new Area of Excellence recognizes that nonprofits working to fix society’s problems are most effective when they work directly with affected communities. To advance their missions and promote public dialogue about possible solutions, these organizations need expertise in advocacy and forming strategic alliances.

It will be possible for one organization to win in one or more categories of Areas of Excellence, although the ultimate goal is to recognize as many nonprofits as possible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180417

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Number of Grants:

The committee chooses one Overall Management Excellence Award winner from three finalists, while up to nine other organizations will receive special recognition in an Area of Excellence.

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Prizes totaling $50,000 will be awarded: $30,000 to one winner for Overall Management Excellence award, and $10,000 for the two other finalists. Each organization receiving special recognition for outstanding management practices for each of the Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence will receive a scholarship for leadership programs for nonprofit professionals at the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Awards competition is open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the New York City area: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County. National and international nonprofit organizations based in the New York City area are eligible, but can only apply if management activities are focused in the New York City area. Local chapters/affiliates of national or international organizations must be operating under their own 501(c)(3) status and must demonstrate local control over their finances and operations and have a local governing board.

Applications are welcome from organizations of all budget sizes, relatively new or well-established organizations, and any type of operating 501(c)(3) nonprofit, regardless of its mission. Organizations do not need to be members of NPCC to apply. In reviewing applications, the Selection Committee will take into account the management resources available to each organization in terms of funding, staff and volunteers. Start-up nonprofits are eligible, but the application and Awards process focus on management track record and results, not future plans. Organizations must also operate with the highest integrity, have a good reputation in the field, and foster equitable, anti-oppressive work environments.

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for the Awards:
- Foundations and organizations whose sole mission is to make grants.
- Organizations that have received a Nonprofit Excellence Award within the last three years (e.g., 2017, 2016, and 2015 award-winners).
- Organizations that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, ability, gender, gender identity, immigration status, marital status, familial status, parental status, military status, HIV status, religion, sexual orientation, or genetic information.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

NPCC's Application Clinics
There is no cost to attend the clinics. NPCC will share even more tips, and answer any questions, to help you put together a strong application. Registration is required. Please register for only one clinic; each clinic will cover the same material.

- At NPCC: Wednesday, March 20, 2018, 2 - 3:30 p.m. This clinic will be held at NPCC, 135 West 36th Street, 15th Floor, NY, NY, 10018. To register:

- Webinar: Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This clinic will be held online. To register:

- Webinar: Tuesday, April 9, 1 - 2:30 p.m. This clinic will be held online. To register:

- At NPCC: Tuesday, April 16, 4 - 5:30 p.m. This clinic will be held at NPCC, 135 West 36th Street, 15th Floor, NY, NY, 10018. To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: All materials must be received by April 24, 2019.

Recognized organizations will be chosen after a three-stage selection process.
- Part One (Open to All Eligible 501(c)(3) Nonprofits): The Part One Application consists of a Readiness Assessment, application questions, a detailed cover sheet and checklist, and supplemental documentation.
- Part Two (Invitation Only): After the Selection Committee reviews eligible Part One Applications, semi-finalists will be selected for further consideration. Part Two asks you how you know your management practices are effective, including how you assess progress and communicate success
- In-Person Interview (Invitation Only): Three finalists will be invited for an in-person interview which will further explore their organization’s management practices, on Friday, November 1, 2019.

The winner of the Overall Management Excellence award, the finalists and all recipients of special recognition (represented by at minimum, their chief executive and board chair) are required to participate in the Best Nonprofit Conference, to be held in December 10, 2019, which will feature and uplift their management strengths and strategies identified through the selection process. The conference will also feature an awards ceremony whereby all organizations being recognized will be celebrated.

Evaluation will be based on the following Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence:

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Online Application Portal:

Contact Aaron Covarrubias, NPCC Education and Training Manager, at or 646-893-2441.

135 West 36th Street
15th Floor
New York, NY 10018

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island;   New York: Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County