Columbia Business School Program Offers Scholarship Awards to Winners

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There are many benefits to participating in the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, including the 360-degree management review and detailed feedback participating organizations receive. But Awards winners, in addition to their cash prizes and bragging rights, also receive tuition scholarships to two Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

The Senior Leaders Program is designed for nonprofit professionals responsible for overseeing their organizations’ mission, strategic direction, and policies. Over 20 days, participants gain strategic management and leadership skills and cutting-edge business knowledge to help them develop actionable plans for their organizations.

The Developing Leaders Program is geared towards middle managers and executive directors of small CBOs who are on their path to becoming tomorrow’s leaders. The program focuses on strategic management skills including using financial data, planning and implementing change, improving negotiation techniques, and improving self-awareness.

In both programs, participants further their knowledge of the Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence on which the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program is based.

Here are some things past participants had to say about the programs:

  • “The 360 feedback and the one-on-one attention were especially useful. The opportunity to take time to reflect on how my own systems and the systems I am part of can be improved was valuable. The negotiation and conflict management sessions were excellent.” – Britta Blodgett, Harlem Academy (2011 Gold Prize Winner for Overall Management Excellence)
  • “I honed in on effective leadership strategies [and] gained additional resources for challenging situations.” – Danielle Gaffney-Kryger, The Children’s Village (2013 Gold Prize Winner for Overall Management Excellence)
  • “[I gained] insight on the organization’s structure, strengths and weaknesses [and a] new perspective on management strategies.” ­– Jill Eisenhard, Red Hook Initiative (2012 Gold Prize Winner for Overall Management Excellence)

A total of $60,000 will be awarded to the winners. The nonprofits that are ultimately selected each year are often described as “learning organizations” committed to continuous improvement. The scholarships for the Programs in Social Enterprise help participating nonprofit leaders further strengthen their already-great management practices and begin to address areas for additional growth and improvement.

Ten semifinalists for this year’s Awards were announced in early August. Six finalists will be announced in early October. On November 18, three winning organizations will be honored at a special Best Practices Workshop and Awards Presentation. Register to attend.

To learn more about the Senior Leaders and Developing Leaders Programs for Nonprofit Professionals, contact Matthew Harty at mbh2125@columbia.edu or (212) 854-1617.  Tuition assistance may be available. 

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