Is Your Nonprofit Excellent? Do You Wish It Were?
Since 2004, SCANPO has been recognizing organizations that embody excellence within our sector. Using the Guiding Principles & Best Practices as a framework, the Award for Nonprofit Excellence singles out two organizations that embody this continued pursuit of excellence
Don’t Stop Believin’: Excellence is a Journey, not a Destination
SCANPO believes that excellence isn’t the completion of a checklist, it is a fundamentally transformative pursuit of the highest standards and practices. We hope each SCANPO member organization uses the Guiding Principles & Best Practices as a living document, allowing us the opportunity to re-evaluate our practices and priorities.
With a Little Help From Your Friends: Learn From Your peers
SCANPO has assembled a core group of leaders from 10+ winning organizations from across the state who are willing to share the steps each took to lead their staff and volunteers through their own Pursuit of Excellence. Some are multi-million dollar agencies with multiple layers of staff; others are one or two person shops who rely on volunteers for day to day operations. Our previous award recipients are as diverse as our state.
Glory Days: The Benefits of the Award for Excellence
I have the privilege of not only serving as the SCANPO Award for Excellence Committee Chair, but also the honor of being one of the award recipients. The award carries with it a $1,000 credit for SCANPO summit expenses and some great publicity- as well as a snazzy award. But, more importantly are the intangible benefits. We have had funders, donors, and future board members who CONTACTED US after hearing we won, asked us how they could get involved, and were excited to have us come and share our path to excellence with others. It was some of the most meaningful recognition our organization has ever received. Here are some of the benefits the award brings:
- A $1,000 credit to use for the Nonprofit Summit and other trainings or publications.
- Recognition at the 2017 Nonprofit Summit including the presentation of a distinguished plaque to display in your organization’s office
- Participation in Guiding Principles & Best Practices peer learning session at the Nonprofit Summit and at regional gatherings.
- Mentor future award applicants as they articulate their journeys toward excellence.
- Recognition through SCANPO communications, social media, and local and statewide media
- A SC Award for Nonprofit Excellence decal to display on your website and other social media.
Step By Step: Ready To Get Started?
We have built a series of webinars and online resources to help you on your journey. First, visit the SCANPO Award for Excellence webpage. Here we have provided a video that provides more information about the award and the benefits of applying, and a link to the online application and instructions. Also, consider attending the July 7 Journey To Excellence Webinar: How to Apply for the Award for Nonprofit Excellence
We also have a great calendar of online trainings. Whether you are ready to apply or whether you just want more information on the Guiding Principles & Best Practices, consider attending these free online forums (Click on the links below to register):
July 7, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. Journey To Excellence Webinar – How to Apply for the Award for Nonprofit Excellence
Aug 11, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. Journey To Excellence Webinar – Pursuing Excellence I: Learn How Previous NPE Award Recipients Pursued and Attained Excellence – Guiding Principles 1 – 4
Sep 8, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. Journey To Excellence Webinar – Pursuing Excellence II: Learn How Previous NPE Award Recipients Pursued and Attained Excellence – Guiding Principles 5 – 9
Oct 6, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. Journey To Excellence Teleconference – Final opportunity to ask and have your questions answered before draft deadline.
Finally, I encourage you to reach out to Sharon Thomas, SCANPO Member Services Manager. She is an incredible resource, and has done some remarkable work in helping nonprofits in their pursuit of excellence.
Executive Director, Greenville First Steps
Chair, SCANPO Award for Excellence Selection Committee
SCANPO Board of Directors