There are so many incredible associations and association leaders doing incredible things that we have expanded our Solutions Day Awards this year from 1 to 3!

All awards will be presented at .orgCommunity’s Solutions Day 2018 on Nov. 15, at the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Schaumburg, Illinois. Winners will be announced on site.

Below are descriptions of each award and qualifications, as well as links to application forms:

2nd annual Innovation Award

Back by popular demand:

Innovators: It takes one to know one. .orgCommunity is a community filled with innovators, entrepreneurs and disruptive thinkers. To be selected by this peer group as the community’s innovator of the year is a valuable distinction and honor.

Criteria/Eligibility:

  • The nominated product/service/process must have been introduced within the past 2 years.
  • The innovation must demonstrate impact through one or more of the following ways:
    • Advancing a cause
    • Growing revenue or users/customers
    • Increasing member/customer/audience engagement
    • Increasing efficiencies
    • Decreasing costs
  • Nominee must be able to explain
    • The development or launch of the innovation
    • The need, problem or opportunity the innovation addresses
    • How the innovation is unique
    • The strategies, executive decisions and managerial practices that led to the innovation
    • The risks taken, new approaches, methods (e.g., new ways of capturing analytics/data; using advanced technologies such as robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence)
    • The outcomes of the innovation – how it makes a difference, provides value/benefit to others
    • The impact since launch (quantifiable evidence of success, results, ROI)
  • Submitting organizations must have at least (1) employee who is an .orgCommunity subscriber/member.
  • Only associations and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
  • We accept and encourage self-nominations. Industry partners may also nominate clients.
  • We encourage all organizations that apply or are nominated to attend Solutions Day as the winner will be announced at the event. .orgCommunity will offer a discount for the entire staff teams of the nominated organizations.

Inaugural Celebrating Associations Award

Associations have a tremendous impact on the industries they serve. In this award, we will recognize an association or an affiliated foundation that is delivering on its mission in philanthropic ways. Perhaps your organization is consistently part of natural disaster recovery efforts, provides relief to underserved youth in a specific way, or recently helped defray ongoing medical costs for a colleague in recovery. In contrast to the Innovation Award, this award can highlight a long-standing program or initiative.

Criteria/Eligibility:

  • Nominee must be able to explain:
    • How the specific undertaking is unique and valuable to a constituent(s)
    • The need, problem or opportunity the program/initiative addresses
    • How the offering/program is related to the organization’s mission, core values, or strategic plan
    • The outcomes of the program/initiative – how it makes a difference, provides value/benefit to others
  • Submitting organizations must have at least (1) employee who is an .orgCommunity subscriber/member.
  • Associations and foundations may apply.
  • We accept and encourage self-nominations. Industry partners may also nominate clients.
  • We encourage all organizations that apply or are nominated to attend Solutions Day as the winner will be announced at the event. .orgCommunity will offer a discount for the entire staff teams of the nominated organizations.

Inaugural Outstanding Nonprofit Leader Award

Behind every successful nonprofit is a remarkable leader. They are individuals who inspire us, motivate us, and challenge us. Their efforts not only advance the industry they serve but also accelerate the nonprofit profession. The recipient will be a person who symbolizes THE ideal nonprofit leader in their actions and achievements, leadership style, the member cultures and work environments they build, and the mentees as well as peers who they inspire.

Criteria/Eligibility:

  • Nominee must be a senior leader of an association, foundation or other nonprofit organization
  • Nominee must be able to explain this individual’s:
    • Ability to enhance his/her organization’s mission (e.g., meeting/exceeding substantial public policy, fundraising, visibility goals)
    • Ability to convey a vision of his/her organization’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors, other stakeholders
    • Capability to create, motivate high-performing teams and organizational culture
    • Capability to engage diverse volunteer/donor groups
    • Ability to hire/retain competent, qualified staff
    • Commitment to the nonprofit profession as evident in their volunteer roles and long-standing employment in the industry
    • Demonstrated contributions or impact to the nonprofit community
    • Advanced skills, if any, that enhance his/her ability to lead effectively (master’s degrees, certifications, other credentials)
  • The nominee must be an .orgCommunity subscriber/member.
  • Leaders of associations, foundations, and other nonprofits are eligible to receive the award.
  • We accept and encourage self-nominations. Staff, association colleagues, and industry partners may also nominate nonprofit leaders.
  • We encourage all nonprofit leaders who apply or are nominated to attend Solutions Day as the winner will be announced at the event. .orgCommunity will offer a discount for the entire staff teams of the nominated individuals.