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2016 Nonprofit Best Practice Awards
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / February 5, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...

Sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island 


The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence (INE) best practice award program honors Rhode Island nonprofit organizations doing outstanding work in the sector. Each award includes a custom-designed promotional video showcasing their work, an unrestricted grant of $1,000, and a tuition waiver for up to two board/staff members to participate in any INE program for up to a year after the award. Best Practice award recipients will participate in a reception and poster session hosted by our corporate sponsor, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Rhode Island.

Interested organizations should complete a self-nomination form. Decisions will be made by a committee of experienced professionals familiar with the nonprofit sector. 

Below is a description of potential best practices in each category. 

2016 best practice awards categories:

Board and/or staff leadership: setting the course

This award recognizes a nonprofit board or executive team that has played a key role in strengthening an organization through clarifying the strategic direction of the organization, establishing an effective partnership with board and staff to achieve the organizational goals, securing the necessary resources to meet those goals, and establishing and instituting clear policies and procedures for accountability.

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Collaboration: collective impact

This award recognizes a collaborative effort by two or more nonprofit organizations that partnered to address a compelling problem that could not have been solved as effectively by the individual organization(s).

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Communication/advocacy: changing the game

This award recognizes a nonprofit that has implemented clear and strategic messaging, channels, tools and tactics to a.) expand resources to their populations served and/or b.) affect significant public policy change. 

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Innovation: finding new ways

This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that has utilized new models, solutions or strategies to adapt to a changing environment and/or to find new ways of solving problems faced by the organization or the populations it serves.

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Volunteer engagement: meaningful experiences

This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that has utilized new models, solutions or strategies to adapt to a changing environment and/or to find new ways of solving problems faced by the organization or the populations it serves.

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The 2016 application deadline has passed.

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about the work of last year's winning organizations.

2016 award program timeline:

 

  • March 28: Applications due
  • April 4: Committee meeting to review applications
  • Week of April 4: Award winners notified
  • Week of April 11: Filming and interviews for award winners commences
  • May 10: Best practice awards reception, open to the public –  register here.

 

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