Iowa Nonprofit Awards Criteria

Organizations and individuals may be nominated for the Iowa Nonprofit Awards in the categories listed below. The awardees are chosen by members of the Iowa Nonprofit Summit planning committee which includes representatives from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Iowa Council of Foundations, United Ways of Iowa, Grants Enterprise Management System (GEM$), the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, and Iowa Campus Compact.

For additional information, contact Jody Benz, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, at icvs@iowa.gov or 515.725.3094.

 

The Nonprofit Spotlight Award

Given to a nonprofit organization that identifies and responds to needs through advocacy and/or long-term strategies and demonstrates commitment to need in Iowa's communities through investment of resources, community dialogue and partnership.

 

Nonprofit Board/Staff Leadership Award

Given to an individual who demonstrates responsiveness to needs in Iowa's communities by carrying out the organization's mission through advocacy or long-term strategies through investment of resources, community dialogue and partnership.

 

Philanthropic Impact Award

Given to a grant-making organization that demonstrates commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life in Iowa's communities through timely and innovative grant making that has a positive impact on the community. The organization identifies opportuinities to invest in organizations through grants, resources and partnerships that lead to long-term impact and sustainability in the nonprofit sector.

 

Outstanding Volunteer or Service Program Award

Awarded to an individual who has worked as a volunteer administrator or National Service program director for a minimum of three years. The individual should have demonstrated excellence in program and volunteer management and should have exhibited innovation in maximizing resources. The nominee may be  salaried or non-salaried (volunteer), should have demonstrated leadership in the volunteer or national service field and should have helped to promote volunteer and/or national service in the community, region, or state.

 

Outstanding Volunteer or Service Manager Award

Awarded to an individual who has worked as a volunteer administrator or National Service program director for a minimum of three years. The individual should have demonstrated excellence in program and volunteer management and should have exhibited innovation in maximizing resources. The nominee may be  salaried or non-salaried (volunteer), should have demonstrated leadership in the volunteer or national service field and should have helped to promote volunteer and/or national service in the community, region, or state.

 

The Nonprofit Collaboration Award (for an organization with revenue over $1 million)

Awarded to organizations that bring their respective missions together in collaboration on behalf of identified constituencies and communities. The nonprofits nominated collaborate in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of services. The collaboration may have included such things as joint marketing, reaching new clientele, joint fundraising, or enhancing public advocacy.

 

The Nonprofit Collaboration Award (for an organization with revenue below $500,000)

See criteria above.