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2017 EXCEL Award


Information on the 2017 EXCEL Award application process will be posted in June 2017.

Do you know an outstanding nonprofit executive leader who deserves recognition for their contributions and impact in their community? Consider nominating that leader for a 2016 EXCEL award.

About the EXCEL Nonprofit 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. 

Nominated individuals must have served as the chief executive in their current organization for a minimum of three years as of May 31, 2016. All examples and explanations used in the application must have occurred during the applicant’s tenure at the current organization. Past EXCEL Award winners are ineligible for future EXCEL Award consideration.

Any individual meeting the above requirements may be nominated. There is no fee or membership requirements 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


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