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Pictured: Glen O’Gilvie, CEA, CEO at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement; Natalia Marlow-Otero, Executive Director for DC SAFE; Erin Carlson Mast, CEO & Executive Director at President Lincoln’s Cottage; Herb Bland, Executive Director for the College Success Foundation; Ian Shuman, CPA, Partner at Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman; Paul Bland, Executive Director for the Public Justice Foundation; and Mark Bergel, founder and Executive Director for A Wider Circle

The deadline for the 2017 EXCEL Award has passed. Please subscribe to our newsletters to be alerted about this award and other opportunities for nonprofit leaders and organizations.

Do you know an outstanding nonprofit executive leader who deserves recognition for their contributions and impact in their community? Consider nominating that leader for the 2018 EXCEL award.

About the EXCEL Award:

Since 2006, Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs has sponsored the Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) award. Our team has long supported Washington DC-area nonprofits and our participation in this program helps us demonstrate our commitment to helping dedicated nonprofits achieve financial success to advance their missions in health, education, environmental preservation, social justice, international development and other areas.

This competitive award recognizes the achievements of up to three outstanding nonprofit leaders in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Each winner receives a $5,000 professional development account to use in his or her role as an organization’s chief executive. Each winning organization also receives a $2,000 grant to provide professional development opportunities for its staff. Each honorable mention recipient’s organization will receive a $1,000 award to support professional development programs for the candidate and/or its staff.

Candidates must demonstrate leadership excellence in innovation, motivation, community-building, inclusiveness or diversity or ethical integrity. The competition, which is sponsored by Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs and administered by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, is open to any executive director, CEO, president or other chief salaried employee of a Washington-area nonprofit organization with an annual budget of under $10 million. 

Any individual meeting the above requirements may be nominated. There is no fee or membership requirement to participate. Board members, staff, volunteers, clients and business or community members may nominate a chief executive for this award.

For more information:

Glen O’Gilvie, Chief Executive Officer
Center for Nonprofit Advancement


Jackie’s leadership allowed me to stay focused when faced with an audit a month after returning from extended leave. She stays in contact with me throughout the year and responds immediately to any questions … I am always impressed by the quick turnaround time. Our audit always goes smoothly.

Feng Zhang |  Finance Manager
The Arc of the United States