December 09, 2005

New award honors innovations in nonprofit organizations

Case's Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations now accepting nominations

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University announces the establishment of the Nonprofit Innovation Award to honor a nonprofit organization that has creatively used its resources to advance its mission. The inaugural honoree will receive the award during the Mandel Center’s annual Awards Luncheon on March 28, 2006 at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.

The innovation award is the second honor established by the nationally recognized educational program that trains leaders for nonprofit management. During its annual luncheon, the Mandel Center also will present The Mandel Center’s Leadership Award in Nonprofit Management which recognizes an outstanding nonprofit executive in the Cleveland community. The Center, along with the Mandel Center Alumni Association, has presented this award 10 times.

In selecting an honoree for the Nonprofit Innovation Award, a committee of community leaders will consider the following criteria in three areas:

Record of innovation—that is, the organization demonstrated inventiveness in using traditional products or services in new ways to increase the effectiveness of the organization’s goal or devising new solutions that withstand the test of time.

Expansion beyond traditional organizational boundaries—creatively addressing urgent problems in new ways and teamwork and collaborations within and outside the organization.

Creation of a culture or climate of innovation within the organization—an organization’s record of rewarding and encouraging creativity within an organization and its effectiveness in identifying or anticipating community or civic needs.

Selection of the Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award is based on:

  • Record of leadership—demonstration of visionary leadership, achievements of value and commitment to continuous improvement to an organization or the community.
  • Service as a nonprofit role model—exhibits extraordinary and ethical leadership, while committed to developing future nonprofit leaders.
  • Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship—designs operating practices and innovative solutions adopted by others, shapes public policy or debate and willingness to take risks to address issues.
  • Leadership in fostering interaction among staff, volunteers, and the community—creates an environment in which staff, volunteers and community are valued for their contributions, involves stakeholders in designing solution to issues and bridges boundaries across organizations or sectors.
  • Commitment to the principles and skills associated
    with good management—achieves
    organizational sustainability, successfully positions the organization
    in the community, commits to using data-driven decision making and demonstrates
    a dedication to continuous education and life-long learning.

Nominations for each award can come from organizations or leaders of nonprofits
in northeast Ohio. The deadline for nominations and support materials of both
awards is January 11, 2006.

Honorees must be available to attend the luncheon in March. During that event
Bill Shore, president of Share Our Strength, will give the keynote address.
For more information about the awards, the nominating process or the Mandel
Center, visit or call Ann Lucas at 216-368-5214.

For more information: Susan Griffith 216-368-1004.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, December 9, 2005 02:00 PM | News Topics: Awards, Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations

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