A total of 56 nonprofit groups have applied for the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, a program of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC). The awards program recognizes outstanding management practices of nonprofits in New York City, Long Island and Westchester and comes with $60,000 in prizes. NPCC manages the Awards program to help organizations improve their management practices and to recognize those that are extremely well run.
This year’s applicants represent a wide range of nonprofit subsectors, including: human services; housing and shelter; arts, culture and the humanities; education; youth development; and civil rights, social action and advocacy. The organizations vary in size as well, with almost 15 percent reporting budgets of less than $1 million, and nearly a third reporting budgets of $10-million-plus. Some two-thirds of this year’s applicants have previously applied, demonstrating the recognized value of the Awards program.
Over half (32) of the applications are from Manhattan nonprofits, with almost 15 percent from the suburbs (5 from Long Island and 3 from Westchester). The Awards this year drew twice as many applicants from the Bronx (6) as last year. Six applicants are based in Brooklyn, and four are from Queens.
Over the next two months, a committee of 37 experts will review the applications submitted by these groups and provide detailed feedback to the organizations about their management strengths and weaknesses. In a survey of past applicants, 97 percent reported finding the program helpful in improving their organization’s management performance.
The Awards selection committee will announce 10 semifinalists in August. Later in the year, it will select three winning nonprofits that will receive a total of $60,000 in prize money and scholarships for the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise. Winning organizations will be honored at an Awards presentation in November, 2015.
“As New York and its suburbs try to solve a range of critical problems, we all need nonprofits with smart management,” said Lorie Slutsky, president of The New York Community Trust, one of the region’s leading funders of nonprofits. “Our Excellence Awards program not only rewards several organizations with strong management, but we’ve learned that it also inspires many other groups to do better.”
“We’re delighted to have received 56 applications this year from such a wide variety of organizations,” said Michael Clark, president of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee (NPCC). “By applying for the Awards, these nonprofits signal that they take management seriously and want to increase benefits for the people and causes they serve. Our selection panel of seasoned nonprofit professionals is poised to help them do just that.”
Now in its ninth year, the Awards program has attracted more than 685 applicants from across the city and its suburbs. The Awards recognize outstanding management practices in eight key performance areas identified by thousands of nonprofit leaders across the country.
The eight areas of excellence are: management focus on results; governance structure; financial management; diverse and culturally competent organizational practices; enlightened human resources; model IT practices; model communications; and, exemplary fundraising and resource development.
“Every year this program allows the funder community to see some of the shining stars of the nonprofit community,” said Ronna Brown, President, Philanthropy New York. “Even more importantly, we are excited to see how many organizations take advantage of the application process to both demonstrate their commitment to management excellence and learn from the process itself.”
In the program’s first eight years, 26 organizations have won prizes. A list of past winners is available at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/winners/. In past years, one organization each from the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island has won. Three winning organizations are based in Westchester, six in Brooklyn, and 14 in Manhattan.
NPCC created the Nonprofit Excellence Awards in 2007 and serves as the program’s tax-exempt manager, in collaboration with The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York. WNYC sponsors the program, which is also supported by The Clark Foundation, Ford Foundation, McGladrey LLP, and Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.
More about the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, including the Awards’ guiding document, Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence; past winners; funders; and Selection Committee members, is available at www.npccny.org/info/awards.htm.