Center Recognizes Local Nonprofits for Board Leadership

July 24, 2014—The Center for Nonprofit Advancement announced yesterday that Calvary Women’s Services and the YWCA National Capital Area are the winners of the 2014 Board Leadership Award. This competitive award, presented by CohnReznick LLP, recognizes the role that boards play in building and sustaining successful organizations by executing their fiduciary and leadership responsibilities—assuring that they are well led, well supported and responsive to the people and communities they serve.

Boards from two organizations were named as the Center’s 2014 Board Leadership Award winners—one for an organization with an annual budget under $2 million and one for an organization with an annual budget over $2 million.

Calvary Women’s Services of Washington, DC, provides homeless women with a place to live, along with basic services and education in order to empower women for independent living. The Award Selection Committee noted the board’s commitment to clear communication with stakeholders, personal accountability and effective and productive meetings in their award selection in the under $2 million budget category.

YWCA of the National Capital Area in Washington, DC, works to ensure that a majority of women and girls of color in local high-need communities have access to the necessary resources and support to achieve their goals. The Award Selection Committee noted the board’s dedication to developing young women leaders and constant evaluation, and its track record of achieving an annual 100% board giving in their award selection in the over $2 million budget category.

“The Center is delighted to provide the inspiration and blueprint nonprofits need for good governance again this year,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “We are grateful to all organizations that participated in our 2014 competition and salute our winners and honorable mention recipients for their leadership and contribution to our sector.”

As winners in the Award’s two categories, Calvary Women’s Services and YWCA NCA each receive a $10,000 grant, communications exposure through print, radio, television and social media, and training and development opportunities for the board and CEO from BoardSource and through the Center's Learning & Leadership Institute.

In addition, the Center recognized Compass of Washington, DC and Higher Achievement of Washington, DC with Honorable Mention Awards.

Each honorable mention recipient receives communications exposure through print, radio, television and social media, and training and development opportunities for the board and CEO from the Center’s Learning & Leadership Institute.

The award Selection Committee, made up of distinguished members of the business, philanthropic and nonprofit community, searched for examples of outstanding boards that have moved beyond recommended best practices to bring innovative methods of engagement and focus within the board that deliver results for the organization.

Finalists were selected through a three-step judging process including a comprehensive nomination form, in person interview with board members and the executive director, and a site visit/meeting attended by board members, the executive director and representatives from the community served.

The Board Leadership Award was launched in 2011 by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and is presented by CohnReznick LLP with educational support by BoardSource.

See findings from the 2014 selection process.

Center members, log-in to access templates, tools and resources from this and previous years of competition.

See photos from the Board Leadership Showcase.

Learn more about the Board Leadership Award.

About the Center for Nonprofit Advancement
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement strengthens the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Washington, D.C. The Center directly partners with nearly 1,000 nonprofits (our members) helping them achieve their missions through training and technical assistance programs, networking, advocacy and group buying power.