77 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Applicants were winnowed down to 10 semi-finalists, announced last week.
Sitting on that panel, it’s apparent what differentiates those who made the cut from those who almost did.
Innovation, best practices, above-and-beyond...the difference is the thoughtfulness and thoroughness with which these groups approach the eight highlighted areas of management excellence.
Rote is out. Habitual doesn't cut it. By the book and following the letter of the law are all well and good, but thinking deeper about the nature of staff development, the board’s beyond-lip-service commitment, the interweaving of technology and program delivery – those are the examples that make an application stand out from the crowd.