Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Recipients of Minnesota Nonprofit Excellence Awards demonstrate effective accountability principles and specific management best practices based on the fundamental values of quality, responsibility and accountability; as identified in the Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence.

MAP for Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits are pleased to announce the 2012 Minnesota Nonprofit Excellence Award recipients:

Nonprofit Excellence, Large Organization: Graywolf Press

Founded in 1974, Graywolf Press publishes high-quality poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction that is not well served by mainstream publishers and brings that work to the widest possible audience. Graywolf Press has operated in the black financially for 18 years, on the cutting edge in a rapidly-changing industry, taking creative risks and conducting its work in strong alignment with the Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. Read more…

Nonprofit Excellence, Small Organization: Project FINE

Project FINE’s mission is to strengthen and enrich its Winona, MN community by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse. This small nonprofit, armed with an annual budget of $311,500, serves more than 2,500 immigrant and refugee newcomers in Winona County, most of whom are Hispanic/Latino or Hmong. It also provides community education on the gifts new residents bring to create a welcoming environment for the newcomers.  Read more…

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.

MAP, working with a Blue Ribbon Panel of nonprofit leaders, which includes executives representing the previous year’s award winners, coordinates the annual application, review, selection, notification and award process, working collaboratively with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, which coordinates the Annual Nonprofit Mission Awards.

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. The award rests on a base engraved with the Excellence Award recipient’s name.
  • A feature profile of your organization in MCN’s Nonprofit News, reaching 10,000 nonprofit managers.
  • A small cash award from MAP.