2020 Pyramid Awards Nominating Criteria

About the Awards

The Pyramid Awards recognize the value of our region’s nonprofit sector. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is proud to recognize the contributions made by nonprofit organizations in six areas: Collaboration, Inclusion, Governance, Leadership, Social Innovation, and Vision.

  • Pyramid Awards for the Art of Collaboration, Inclusion, Governance, Social Innovation, and Vision are presented to a NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.
  • The Pyramid Award for the Art of Leadership is presented to an INDIVIDUAL.

Each recipient will receive an award and be recognized during a luncheon at CNPE’s CHANGEMAKERS Conference on October 9, 2020, at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.

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Award Category Criteria

PYRAMID AWARD FOR THE ART OF COLLABORATION

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” ~ John Ruskin

This award honors two or more nonprofit organizations that together or with a corporate partner have:

  • developed a common vision and shared values
  • addressed training, team building, and power-sharing issues
  • generated outcomes improved by their collaboration
  • realized savings through collaboration

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

This award honors the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization who have:

  • displayed an outstanding level of participation and partnership with their organization
  • provided active oversight of mission, planning, and program outcomes
  • contributed toward the organization’s financial health

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

This award honors a nonprofit organization that has:

  • defined how multicultural participation within an organization fosters improved outcomes
  • embraced diversity in its board, staff, and clients
  • generated strength through governance and service

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

This award honors an individual who has demonstrated:

  • the capacity to make decisions consistent with the organization’s mission and values
  • the capacity to rally people
  • the ability to maximize the potential of staff and volunteers
  • the ability to achieve mission-consistent results

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

This award honors a nonprofit whose idea, program, method, or application meets at least three of these five criteria:

  • demonstrates the capacity to improve the well-being of people in a way that is creative or novel
  • demonstrates the power to dramatically multiply the benefit of existing models of services that enhance one’s quality of life
  • extends the benefit of existing services to people who have previously lacked access to those services, supports, or experiences
  • reduces the cost, in dollars and natural resources, of life-enhancing services so that those services become more sustainable
  • embraces three bottom-line considerations: 1) financially positive; 2) mission-enhancing; 3) environmentally friendly

PYRAMID AWARD FOR THE ART OF VISION

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Ghandi

This award honors a nonprofit organization that has:

  • developed a collective vision that inspired action
  • connected that vision to its mission, to community priorities, or both
  • demonstrated that mission’s community benefits

NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Note: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence Awards Committee welcomes nominations of organizations that reflect the broad spectrum of the independent sector in the types of services provided and constituencies served.

Nomination Guidelines

  • The candidate organization’s achievements should include recent occurrences.
  • Nominated organizations must be nonprofit organizations in the Kentuckiana area. Individuals must also be from this area.
  • Organizations can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.
  • The committee will base its decisions primarily on the information provided in the narrative.
  • The deadline is May 31, 2020.

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