Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Award

The Nonprofit Partnership believes that nonprofits should be recognized for doing their good work well. With that thought in mind, the Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Award exists to acknowledge exemplary governance in nonprofit organizations within the membership of The Nonprofit Partnership. 

About the award:

This award is made to a nonprofit organization that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to excellence in governance. This year, the award winner will be publicly honored at Nonprofit Day 2019 on Tuesday, October 29th at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA. Additionally, the award winner will receive a grant of $750 to be used for governance support purposes, as well as free admission to The Nonprofit Partnership's governance training - Governance Gateway - for new Board Members for two years. 

The award-winning organization must show a commitment to the following areas:

  • Established commitment by the Board to the mission of the organization
  • Demonstrated leadership by the Board of Directors
  • Conscientious recruitment and orientation processes of new Board Members
  • Focused attention to policy and planning by the Board of Directors
  • Engaged participation by Board Members in fundraising
  • Maintenance of a professionally and demographically diverse Board of Directors
  • Effective governance practices (including but not limited to: effective meetings, Board Member engagement, effective Board leadership, etc.)
  • Responsible fiscal management

Goal of the award:

The goal of the Charles H. Bracken Award is to identify and recognize exemplary governance in nonprofit organizations within the membership of The Nonprofit Partnership.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for consideration, an organization must: 

Who can nominate?

Anyone can nominate an organization for the award; however, only one nomination per organization will be accepted. A nominator should: 

  • Be well acquainted with the organization
  • Be able to attest to the organization's qualification and the effectiveness of the Board of Directors
  • Be available to answer potential follow-up questions, if needed
  • Have permission from the Executive Director and the Chair/President to enter the submission

Submission deadline:

The nominator must address the questions outlined below by Friday, September 27, 2019.

Each portion of the nomination must be completed for the submission to be considered. Please note: Each question should be addressed in about 250 words. If preferred, the nominator can type each question in a narrative format and upload the full response document.


 

Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance - Award Nomination
How has the Board of Directors expressed a commitment to the agency's mission and programming efforts?
How has the organization been recognized for its effective Board leadership? How does the Board govern itself through Board leadership expectations and committee structure?
How does the Board's recruitment process assure organizational self-renewal? How does the organization orient and support members to encourage an engaged and active Board?
How does the Board of Directors maintain its focus on policy and planning, not operations and administration?
How does the Board of Directors participate in fundraising?
How has the Board of Directors maintained itself as a professionally and demographically diverse group?
What are some of the current examples of best practice governance that are followed by the Board?
How does the Board monitor the fiscal health of the organization? What policies and procedures does the Board and organization utilize to ensure effective oversight?
Please describe an organizational challenge that was largely resolved as a result of board input and action.
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