Pyramid Awards

We believe in recognition.

Every year we recognize excellence with the Pyramid Awards.

The Pyramid Awards are designed to recognize the contributions made by nonprofit organizations in six areas: Collaboration, Governance, Inclusion, Leadership, Social Innovation, and Vision. Each of the recipients receives a commemorative award and is recognized during a luncheon presentation at CNPE’s Annual Conference.

Help us recognize excellence.

Nominate an organization or leader for the 2018 Pyramid Awards — now through May 31, 2018!

Submit a nomination

2017 Pyramid Award Winners:

Art of Collaboration: Louisville Ballet
sponsored by Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff (DMLO)
Art of Governance: YMCA of Greater Louisville
sponsored by Republic Bank
Art of Inclusion: Interfaith Paths to Peace
sponsored by PNC Bank
Art of Leadership: Dr. Anthony Zipple, Centerstone Kentucky
sponsored by Kosair Charities
Art of Social Innovation: Kentucky Yoga Initiative
sponsored by VIA Studio
Art of Vision: Waterfront Botanical Gardens
sponsored by Dean Dorton

Lifetime Achievement:
Benjamin K. Richmond, Louisville Urban League
sponsored by Fifth Third Bank


Past Winners:

Pyramid Award for the Art of Collaboration

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
-John Ruskin

2016 – Doctors & Lawyers for Kids
2015 – Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Kentucky Community & Technical College System
2014 – Partnership for a Green City

Pyramid Award for the Art of Governance

Everyone has the power for greatness – not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service. Martin Luther King

2016 – Maryhurst, Inc.
2015 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana
2014 – Actors Theatre of Louisville

Pyramid Award for the Art of Inclusion

Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the term ‘we’ or ‘us’ and at the same time decreases those labeled ‘you’ or ‘them’ until that category has no one left in it.
-Howard Winters

2016 – Kentucky Refugee Ministries
2015 – The Kentucky Foundation for Women
2014 – New Roots, Inc.

Pyramid Award for the Art of Leadership

The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
-Blaine Lee

2016 – Marta Maria Miranda, President & Chief Empowerment Officer of Center for Women & Families
2015 – Randy Coe, President, Kosair Charities
2014 – Jane Burks, President & CEO, Volunteers of America KY

Pyramid Award for the Art of Social Innovation

Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.
-Professor Theodore Levitt

2016 – Beaded Treasures Project
2015 – The Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm
2014 – The Coalition for the Homeless

Pyramid Award for the Art of Vision

Be the change you want to see in the world.

2016 – The Louisville Orchestra
2015 – Kentucky Shakespeare
2014 – WHAS Crusade for Children and I.D.E.A.S. 40203

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
-Robert Byrne.

2016 – Gordon Brown, Home of the Innocents
2016 – Joe Tolan, Metro United Way
2015 – Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Government
2014 – Barbara Sexton Smith, Fund for the Arts