Young Playwrights’ Theater Wins The Washington Post 2014 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

Arts Education Organization Recognized for Board Engagement and Risk Management Practices

WASHINGTON – May 22, 2014 – The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post today announce Young Playwrights’ Theater is the 2014 recipient of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. In its 20th year of competition, The Post Award recognizes outstanding achievement in nonprofit management for a Washington-area nonprofit organization.

Young Playwrights’ Theater of Washington, DC provides young people with the opportunity to realize the power and value of their own voices by involving them in a high-quality artistic process where they feel simultaneously respected and challenged, and by engaging professional theater artists in producing student plays for the community.

The Center’s award Selection Committee noted several outstanding management practices for Young Playwrights’ Theater, including:

  • Effective risk management in support of day-to-day operations
  • Strategic and ongoing use of collaboration to achieve client results
  • Regular review of staff composition to best support program outcomes
  • Development and implementation of communications toolkit with training for board and staff
  • Active engagement of board and staff throughout budget creation and approval

“The Washington Post congratulates Young Playwrights’ Theater on receiving the 2014 award. Their excellence in management practices not only benefits their students and stakeholders, but helps provide a framework from which other nonprofits can learn and benefit,” 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.”

“Young Playwrights’ Theater embodies the management excellence that the Center promotes and supports among all nonprofits,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “We are extremely proud of this 20th annual competition, and of all the participating organizations and finalists.”  

As the winner, Young Playwrights’ Theater receives a $10,000 grant. The remaining two finalists receive honorable mention awards. Those two organizations are The Reading Connection and Transitional Housing Corporation. Each was presented with a $2,500 grant award.

All 2014 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: 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 Post Award.

About The Washington Post
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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.