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Nominate a Nonprofit Leader for the EXCEL Award

Nomination applications are no longer being accepted for the 2015 Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership Award.

The winners will be announced at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s annual meeting later this year.

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 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, 2015. 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
Joe Kovacs, Marketing Director
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs


2014 EXCEL Award Winners

The three winners and two honorable mention candidates of the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2014 Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award were announced at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s annual meeting on November 18, 2014.

Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs nonprofit award

Pictured from left to right: Award Selection Committee Chair Karen Cleveland, Ronald Vaughn (accepting on behalf of Peter Holden), Valarie Ashley, Michelle Asha Cooper, Bonnie Fogel, Managing Partner at Award Sponsor Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman CPAs Jackie Oneto, Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, and Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie.

2014 Winners and Honorable Mention Candidates

  • Michelle Asha Cooper, President, Institute for Higher Education Policy- EXCEL Award Winner
  • Bonnie Fogel, Founder and Executive Director, Imagination Stage – EXCEL Award Winner
  • Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, Chief Executive Officer , Pathway Homes, Inc. – EXCEL Award Winner
  • Valarie Ashley, Executive Director, Southeast Ministry – Honorable Mention
  • Peter Holden, Executive Director, New Horizons Supported Services, Inc. – Honorable Mention

Take a look at our past EXCEL award recipients.