2018 MNN Excellence Award Nomination

We are seeking nominations for the 10th annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The winners will be announced at our 2018 Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by Citizens Bank, on Monday, June 4th. These awards are a chance to recognize and honor nonprofits and nonprofit professionals doing incredible work across every subsector and region of the Commonwealth. 

2018 Excellence Awards categories:

  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Small Nonprofit
  • Young Professional 

All nominations are due by Friday, March 2nd. You are welcome to submit a nomination in more than one category.

Please note:

To assist in preparing your answers prior to submission, the nomination questions are available as PDFs here.  We recommend preparing your answers in a Word document and saving a copy of your nomination.

Additional information:

Refer to the Excellence Award FAQ page for more information about Nonprofit Awareness Day and the Excellence Award judging process.

Contact info@massnonprofitnet.org or 617-330-1188 x281 with any questions.

Nomination Category

Please select a category to learn more and submit a nomination
Advocacy

The Excellence Award in Advocacy recognizes a nonprofit organization whose work resulted in significant progress on a public policy issue in the last two years.

  

Nominations should convey how the organization:

  1. Identified a clear and compelling need in the local community/nonprofit sector
  2. Designed and implemented an effective, timely campaign around the issue
  3. Demonstrably engaged and mobilized constituents, the general public, and/or public policy decision makers
  4. Achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes through their advocacy work

Collaboration

The Excellence Award in Collaboration recognizes the lead nonprofit organization in a partnership between two or more nonprofit organizations or one nonprofit and one government or for-profit organization. This partnership must have addressed a compelling problem that could not have been solved as effectively by any one organization on its own.

 

Nominations should convey how the organization:

1.   Identified a clear and compelling need in the local community/nonprofit sector

2.   Identified the need for a collaborative approach and found appropriate partners 

3.  Demonstrated exceptional collaboration skills (e.g., defined roles, allocated resources, communicated effectively, remained accountable)

4.   Achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes that would not have been possible without collaboration 

Innovation

The Excellence Award in Innovation recognizes a nonprofit organization that has utilized new models or strategies to solve longstanding problems or adapt to a changing environment.

 

Nominations should convey how the organization:

1.     Identified a compelling need or challenge that existed internally or in the local community 

2.    Thought "outside the box" to create and implement an innovative model or strategy to address the issue

3.    Achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes with the new model or strategy 

4.    Has a strong plan for continued sustainability/growth of the new model or strategy


Leadership

The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes a nonprofit chief or senior executive who has an extraordinary record of organizational results and exemplifies strategic vision, passion, integrity, innovation, perseverance, and a collaborative spirit.


Nominations should convey how the nominee:

1.   Identified clear organizational needs and goals and implemented effective strategies to meet them

2.     Has overcome internal and/or external challenges using strategic vision, innovation, perseverance, and/or collaboration 

3.     Shows a passion for and dedication to their organization's mission and their communities 

4.     Has achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes through their leadership

Small Nonprofit

The Small Nonprofit Excellence Award recognizes a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $250,000 or less. Despite its small size, this organization has managed to fulfill its mission and make major contributions to the population that it serves.


Nominations should convey how the organization:


  1.  Does a remarkable job, given its small budget, in achieving meaningful and measurable outcomes

2.    Has used strategy, innovation, or partnerships to leverage resources and make the greatest impact possible

3.     Has overcome challenges or maintained organizational health despite its small budget 

4.     Has a strong plan for sustainability and/or growth

Young Professional

The Young Professional Excellence Award recognizes an emerging nonprofit professional who has made a significant contribution to their organization through their vision, innovation, interpersonal skills, and hard work. This professional may work in any role within a nonprofit. This award is for professionals 35 years of age or younger. 


Nominations should convey how the nominee:

1.   Consistently goes above and beyond their job description to address needs or challenges in their organization and/or community

2.     Shows a passion for and dedication to their organization's mission and the communities that they serve 

3.    Has overcome obstacles to grow and succeed in their role

4.    Has produced meaningful and measurable outcomes through their vision, innovation, interpersonal skills, and hard work

**You must select an award category in order to proceed**

Nominee Basic Information

Organization

For all awards except Leadership and Young Professional, the organization will be the awardee





Nominee Contact Information
For the Advocacy, Collaboration, Innovation, or Small Nonprofit award, please indicate the person whom we should contact if this organization is chosen as a finalist. 

For the Leadership or Young Professional award, the individual listed should be the nominee.





Advocacy

The Excellence Award in Advocacy recognizes a nonprofit organization whose work resulted in significant progress on a public policy issue in the last two years.


 Nominations should convey how the organization:

  1. Identified a clear and compelling need in the local community/nonprofit sector
  2. Designed and implemented an effective, timely campaign around the issue
  3. Demonstrably engaged and mobilized constituents, the general public, and/or public policy decision makers
  4. Achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes through their advocacy work

Nomination Questions





Collaboration

The Excellence Award in Collaboration recognizes the lead nonprofit organization in a partnership between two or more nonprofit organizations or one nonprofit and one government/for-profit organization. This partnership must have addressed a compelling problem that could not have been solved as effectively by any one organization on its own. 


 Nominations should convey how the organization:

1.      Identified a clear and compelling need in the local community/nonprofit sector

2.      Identified the need for a collaborative approach and found appropriate partners 

3.      Demonstrated exceptional collaboration skills (e.g., defined roles, allocated resources, communicated effectively, remained accountable)

4.     Achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes that would not have been possible without collaboration

Nomination Questions





Innovation

The Excellence Award in Innovation recognizes a nonprofit organization that has utilized new models or strategies to solve longstanding problems or adapt to a changing environment.


Nominations should convey how the organization


1.     Identified a compelling need or challenge that existed internally or in the local community 

2.    Thought "outside the box" to create and implement an innovative model or strategy to address the issue

3.     Achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes with the new model or strategy

4.     Has a strong plan for continued sustainability/growth of the new model or strategy


Nomination Questions





Leadership

The Excellence Award in Leadership recognizes a nonprofit chief or senior executive who has an extraordinary record of organizational results and exemplifies strategic vision, passion, integrity, innovation, perseverance and a collaborative spirit.


 Nominations should convey how the nominee:

1.   Identified clear organizational needs and goals and implemented effective strategies to meet them

2.    Has overcome internal and/or external challenges using strategic vision, innovation, perseverance, and/or collaboration

3.    Shows a passion for and dedication to their organization's mission and their communities

4.    Has achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes through their leadership

Nomination Questions






Small Nonprofit

The Small Nonprofit Excellence Award recognizes a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $250,000 or less. Despite its small size, this organization has managed to fulfill its mission and make major contributions to the population it serves.

 

 Nominations should convey how the organization:

  1.  Does a remarkable job, given its small budget, in achieving meaningful and measurable outcomes

2.    Has used strategy, innovation, or partnerships to leverage resources and make the greatest impact possible

3.     Has overcome challenges or maintained organizational health despite its small budget 

4.     Has a strong plan for sustainability and/or growth

Nomination Questions





Young Professional

The Young Professional Excellence Award recognizes an emerging nonprofit professional who has made a significant contribution to their organization through their vision, innovation, interpersonal skills, and hard work. This professional may work in any role within a nonprofit. This award is for professionals 35 years of age or younger. 


 Nominations should convey how the nominee:

1.   Consistently goes above and beyond their job description to address needs or challenges in their organization and/or community  

2.     Shows a passion for and dedication to their organization's missions and the communities that they serve

3.     Has overcome obstacles to grow and succeed in their role 

4.     Has produced meaningful and measurable outcomes through their vision, innovation, interpersonal skills, and hard work

Nomination Questions






Nominator Information

Please complete all information even if this is a self nomination.






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