Sitar Arts Center Wins The Washington Post 2015 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 21, 2015 – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post today announced Sitar Arts Center as the 2015 recipient of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. The Post Award recognizes outstanding achievement in nonprofit management for a Washington-area nonprofit organization.

Sitar Arts Center of Washington, D.C. works to advance the critical skills of underserved children and youth and prepared them for achievement in the 21st century through visual, performing, and digital arts education in a nurturing community.

The Center’s Award Selection Committee noted several outstanding management practices used by Sitar Arts Center, including:


  • Their "culture of planning," which allows the leadership team to commit to bold goals, adapt to changing community needs, and remain deliberate in its own organizational growth. 
  • The Building Sitar for the Future Campaign, which arose out of the board and staff’s commitment to ensuring that Sitar remains a vital resource to children, youth, and families well into the future. 
  • The implementation of a Leadership Council, which is composed of other community leaders who wish to engage with Sitar’s work. The council is an opportunity to cultivate future board leaders and provides a place for tenured board members to continue to serve.
  • A co-chair board committee structure, resulting in an automatic succession process for board leadership.
  • Extensive and active partnerships with arts organizations throughout D.C., making Sitar a “go-to” organization for issues related to children and youth in the community.
  • Their Silent Retreat, held every spring for staff. This practice is a long-held value of Sitar, and is necessary for reflecting on and renewing the community and culture of the organization. 

“The Washington Post congratulates Sitar Arts Center on receiving the 2015 Award,” said Steve Hills, President and General Manager of The Washington Post. “The Post is proud to support an award that for the past 20 years has provided valuable best practices for the D.C. nonprofit community.”

As the winner, Sitar Arts Center received a $20,000 grant. The remaining two finalists receiving a $2,500 grant and honorable mention awards were A-SPAN and Calvary Women's Services.

All 2015 Award applicants received feedback on their management practices from the Selection Committee.

The Washington Post Award Selection Committee judges applicant organizations in the areas of fiscal management, communication, organizational and resource development, planning, human resources, risk management, and use of technology.

This award is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, sponsored by The Washington Post, with additional support by the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, Capital One and Your Part-Time Controller.

Recent winners of The Washington Post Award include: Young Playwrights Theatre (2014), Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (2013), Community of Hope (2012), Horton’s Kids (2011), PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families (2010), Doorways for Women and Families (2009), Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (2008), Tahirih Justice Center (2007) and N Street Village (2006).

Learn more about the Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

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About the Center for Nonprofit Advancement
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