Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Announcement: 2013 Winners
The recipients of the 2013 Excellence Awards are College Possible and Joyce Preschool. Recipients of Minnesota Nonprofit Excellence Awards demonstrate effective accountability principles and specific management practices based on the fundamental values of quality, responsibility and accountability; as identified in the Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence.
College Possible is a nonprofit dedicated to making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Since the organization’s inception in 2000, 98 percent of College Possible students have earned admission to college and they are ten times more likely to earn a college degree than low-income students nationally.
Joyce Preschool is an organization providing quality early childhood education and support services to address the needs of the whole child. Joyce Preschool provides scholarships to 40-60% of those families each year to ensure access to all. In 1995, Joyce Preschool shifted to a Spanish/English two-way bilingual immersion program in response to the growing Latino population and the scarcity of services for new immigrants to the Twin Cities. Joyce’s unique program is structured with a strong emphasis on school readiness and foundational literacy skills for all students. The program reflects the linguistic and cultural diversity of the community it serves.
The Excellence Awards
MAP for Nonprofits introduced the Nonprofit Excellence Awards to Minnesota in 2003. Two Nonprofit Excellence Awards are presented each year, one to an organization with less than $1.5 million in annual operating expense, and one to an organization with $1.5 million or more in annual operating expense. These awards are based upon how closely organizations align with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence.
Applications for Excellence Awards must be self-submitted by the organization and require advance planning and board involvement.
Nonprofit Excellence Award Recipients Receive:
- The distinction of being recognized as a leader among Minnesota’s nonprofits.
- A video highlighting their related achievements.
- A one-of-a-kind art glass award, hand blown by Minnesota Glass Artist Robinson Scott.
- A feature profile of your organization in MCN’s Nonprofit News, reaching 10,000 nonprofit managers.
- Cash awards, $2500 for large organization recipient and $1500 for the small organization recipient.