2021 Nonprofit Excellence Award Nominations

We are seeking nominations for the 13th annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The winners will be announced at our 2021 Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by Citizens Bank, in June. These awards are a chance to recognize and honor nonprofits and nonprofit professionals doing incredible work across every sub-sector and region of the Commonwealth. 

2021 Excellence Awards categories:

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

All nominations are due by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 5, 2021. 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 Google Docs 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 the Excellence Awards and the judging process.

Contact events@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

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

Resilience
The Excellence Award in Resilience recognizes a nonprofit organization that has shown resilience in its response to the events of 2020 by sustainably responding in a way that allowed it to not only continue to serve its community and mission despite challenges, but also to expand and grow its impact. 

 

Nominations should convey how the organization:

  1. Demonstrated extraordinary resilience in the face of one or more of the challenges nonprofits were presented with in 2020.
  2. Achieved one or more of the following goals:
    • Developed strategies and plans to continue to serve its community and mission, despite the many challenges it faced;
    • Achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes with the adaptation that would not have been possible without the organization’s resilience;
    • Learned new lessons and insights about the organization and the community it serves.

      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, Innovation, Resilience, 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





      Resilience

      The Excellence Award in Resilience recognizes a nonprofit organization that has shown resilience in its response to the events of 2020 by sustainably responding in a way that allowed it to not only continue to serve its community and mission despite challenges, but also to expand and grow its impact. 


       Nominations should convey how the organization:

      1. Demonstrated extraordinary resilience in the face of one or more of the challenges nonprofits were presented with in 2020.
      2. Achieve one or more of the following goals:
        • Developed strategies and plans to continue to serve its community and mission, despite the many challenges it faced;
        • Achieved meaningful and measurable outcomes with the adaptation that would not have been possible without the organization’s resilience;
        • Learned new lessons and insights about the organization and the community it serves.

      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 overcomes 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 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

      Nomination Questions






      Nominator Information

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