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Nominate a Nonprofit Leader for the EXCEL Award

Updated July 18, 2014

Do you know a nonprofit leader who deserves to be recognized for his or her achievements in the areas of innovation, motivation, community building, inclusiveness/diversity and/or ethical integrity? 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.

About the award:

This competitive award recognizes the achievements of up to three outstanding nonprofit leaders in the 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.

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 chief executive 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 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
Joe Kovacs, Marketing Director
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs


2013 EXCEL Award Winners

The three winners and two honorable mention candidates of the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2013 Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award were announced at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s annual meeting on October 17, 2013 at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.

Pictured from left to right: Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie; Tim Payne, Amy Nakamoto; Michele Booth Cole; Judith Sandalow; Marla Lahat; Award Sponsor Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman’s Managing Partner, Jackie Oneto; Award Selection Committee Chair Karen Cleveland.

2013 Winners and Honorable Mention Candidates

  • Michele Booth Cole, Executive Director, Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center – EXCEL Award Winner
  • Marla Lahat, Executive Director, President, Home Care Partners – EXCEL Award Winner
  • Judith Sandalow, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center – EXCEL Award Winner
  • Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director, DC SCORES – Honorable Mention
  • Tim Payne, Executive Director, For Love of Children – Honorable Mention

Take a look at our past EXCEL award recipients.