UNA Nonprofit Leader Awards

Nominate an Outstanding Nonprofit Leader: People with Passion and Vision

Nonprofit professionals make a difference in their communities each and every day. They bring  rich perspectives, passion, and a desire to see their mission enrich our state and our world. These talented, thoughtful people who devote their lives to nonprofit work make the nonprofit sector special. In 2017, in recognition of the people who work every day to strengthen, unify, elevate and sustain our communities, UNA began conferring leadership awards at our Annual Nonprofit Conference. We are pleased and honored to continue this new tradition at this year’s conference on September 25, 2018. 

Nominate an Outstanding Nonprofit Leader
Nominate an Emerging Nonprofit Leader

The Outstanding Nonprofit Leader personifies the characteristics that make the nonprofit sector instrumental in our communities and in our state. He or she works with passion and compassion to make our communities better places to live and work. Our view of leadership is not a title or a designation. Instead it is about the people who not only persevere in the face of obstacles, but inspire the people around them to dig deeper and work harder. So your nomination need not be for an Executive Director or CEO. Of course, if that is their role, we welcome their nomination. Regardless of title, their passion is contagious and their impact is sustained and meaningful.

The Emerging Nonprofit Leader has five or fewer years in the nonprofit sector. (It’s more than fine if they have experience outside of the sector.) In these five or fewer years, your nominee for the Emerging Nonprofit Leader has exemplified passion, compassion, and cooperation. Your nominee is a leader not because of his or her title, but because he or she spreads a passion for the mission in all endeavors. Your nominee inspires colleagues and cohorts to bring their best selves to the mission. Your nomination’s title may or may not be Executive Director or CEO – although if it is, that works, too. Regardless of their role, their passion is contagious and their results are impressive.
(These awards are for individuals. We are unable to consider nominations for couples or groups of volunteers or teams of professionals. )

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