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Colorado Nonprofit Week Award Descriptions

Past Award Winner Classes

William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities 
Sponsored by  Boettcher Foundation

Award Description

The William Funk Award was established in 1991 to honor such leaders, beginning with William Funk himself. As Vice President of Public Affairs for United Banks, Bill Funk always made the nonprofit community and its supporters his highest priority. His vision of corporate giving in the context of building community changed charitable giving in Colorado, and his gifts of time and wise counsel strengthened many community-based nonprofits throughout the state.

The success of communities and nonprofits relies on leaders and volunteers who unify people and organizations around a cause. These exceptional leaders are capable of bringing together communities to define and solve problems. Such leaders listen carefully, are eager to do what is needed, and understand and respect the many diverse communities of Colorado.

Thanks to the generous support from the Boettcher Foundation, the winner of the William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities may designate a Colorado Nonprofit Association member organization to receive $5,000.

Award Criteria

Your nomination letter should answer the following questions:

  1. What makes this individual an exceptional leader?

  2. How has he or she helped to build community?

  3. With which nonprofit(s) has this person been involved, and how has he or she strengthened them?

  4. How have Coloradans and nonprofits benefited, and how do they continue to benefit, from the nominee’s work?

  5. Has his or her service gone above and beyond job requirements?

Steve Graham Award for Building Nonprofit Capacity 
Sponsored by  Boettcher Foundation

Award Description

Steve Graham, former executive director of the Community Resource Center, was a passionate leader, powerful advocate of grassroots causes, generous friend, and champion of nonprofits. His leadership and values have been a tremendous inspiration to many people across Colorado who work to make our state and our communities better places to live. The Steve Graham Award for Building Nonprofit Capacity is a special recognition in memory of a wonderful man and extraordinary nonprofit leader. This award honors leaders who, like Steve, have demonstrated remarkable dedication and commitment to the quality of programs and services in the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Thanks to the generous support from the Boettcher Foundation, the winner of the Steve Graham Award for Building Nonprofit Capacity may designate a Colorado Nonprofit Association member organization to receive $5,000.
 

Award Criteria

The Award should be given to individuals not organizations:  board chairs, executive directors, instructors/teachers, and staff of organizations. Limit this to employees or volunteers of nonprofits rather than including professional consultants building capacity in the sector. The only exclusion to that would be if a consulting group donated substantial assistance to build capacity. 

Eligibility Language
The person nominated has demonstrated the following:

  1. A long-term commitment to improving the quality of programs and services for Colorado nonprofit organizations
  2. The ability to be a catalyst for a substantive change in levels of quality service to multiple organizations
  3. Outstanding ethical and moral fiber 
  4. Unerring dedication to social justice as seen in fair and respectful treatment of employees and clients alike

The organization this person helped should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Accomplishments that reach beyond a single organization
  2. Significant improvement in programs and services as a result of guidance and capacity building efforts
  3. Sustained improvements for at least a year
  4. A commitment to continued systemic changes to maintain the utmost quality and effective service to the sector
  5. A commitment to share new processes with other nonprofits so as to enhance the quality of programs and services in the sector as a whole
  6. A Colorado Nonprofit Association Member

Emerging Leader Award
Sponsored by  Boettcher Foundation

Award Description

The future success of the nonprofit sector lies in the hands of our emerging professionals. They are shaping the future of our sector through their tenacity, energy, creativity, and exemplary leadership.

This award is for individuals working in the nonprofit sector who are early to midway in their careers. It recognizes the emerging leaders who are committed to building vibrant Colorado communities, have already made significant contributions, and have demonstrated the potential for continued leadership in the nonprofit sector.

Award Criteria

Your nomination letter should answer the following questions:

  1.  With which nonprofits has this person been involved, for how long, and how have they strengthened their work?

  2. How has their service gone above and beyond expectations?

  3. In what ways has this individual made a commitment to the nonprofit sector in a significant way?

  4. What makes this individual an exceptional leader?

  5. In what ways has this individual led the nonprofit sector in innovation and inspired thinking?

Selction Process

  1.  Applications can be submitted online with (1) letter of support or by self-nomination with (2) letter of support.

  2. Nomination selection will be in two phases:

    1. First round will be conducted by the selection committee in September

    2. Finalist round will be conducted at Fall Conference. Finalists will participate in an Emerging Leaders Panel at Fall Conference and will be interviewed individually in-person by the selection committee.

Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award
Sponsored by Daniels Fund

Award Description

This award is designed to recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels, who believed deeply in ethics, integrity, and the importance of absolute ethical principles. Nominees should be Colorado nonprofit organizations leading the sector in openly demonstrating an active commitment to ethical business practices.

Thanks to the generous support from the Daniels Fund, the winner of the Bill Daniels Ethical Leadership Award may designate a Colorado Nonprofit Association member organization to receive $2,500.

Award Consideration

Selection criteria for the award will be based on how nominees exemplify the following Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles. When submitting nominations, please address three of the following principles:

  1. Integrity – Principle: Act with honesty in all situations. Criteria: Integrity refers to the organization’s commitment to act with honesty in all situations, which includes dealing with multiple stakeholders: shareholders, employees, clients, customers, community members, vendors, competitors, federal and state agencies, etc.

  2. Trust – Principle: Build trust in all stakeholder relationships. Criteria: Trust refers to an organization’s commitment to fulfill all of its obligations to multiple stakeholders including: shareholders, employees, clients, customers, community members, vendors, competitors, federal and state agencies, etc.

  3. Accountability – Principle: Accept responsibility for all decisions. Criteria: The organization accepts responsibility for all actions and decisions that impact stakeholders including: shareholders, employees, clients, customers, community members, vendors, competitors, federal and state agencies, etc.

  4. Transparency – Principle: Maintain open and truthful communications. Criteria: The organization shares truthful information (about services to clients, promises to customers/suppliers, compliance efforts of federal and state agencies and expectations of investors) with a clear and timely message, and maintains open and truthful communications with stakeholders including: shareholders, employees, clients, customers, community members, vendors, competitors, federal and state agencies, etc.

  5. Fairness – Principle: Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships. Criteria: Engaging in competition that creates fair outcomes. Conducting business free of bias and favoritism with all stakeholders including: shareholders, employees, clients, customers, community members, vendors, competitors, federal and state agencies, etc.

  6. Respect – Principle: Honor the rights, freedoms, views, and property of others. Criteria: Consideration for self and all stakeholders (shareholders, employees, clients, customers, community members, vendors, competitors, federal and state agencies, etc.).

  7. Rule of Law – Principle: Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations. Criteria: An organization that consistently strives to respect and follow the spirit and intent of the law and regulations with all actions and stakeholders including: shareholders, employees, clients, customers, community members, vendors, competitors, federal and state agencies, etc.

  8. Viability – Principle: Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders. Criteria: The organization makes every effort to create and sustain a long-term value culture for multiple stakeholders including: shareholders, employees, clients, community members, vendors, competitors, federal and state agencies, etc.

Inclusiveness and Racial Equity Award
Sponsored by The Denver Foundation

Award Description

This award reflects the core values of The Denver Foundation by recognizing organizations working to make racial equity and constituent engagement a core part of their programs, policies, and overall approach to making greater impact. Nominees should be Colorado nonprofit organizations leading the sector in promoting more equitable and inclusive communities.

Thanks to the generous support from The Denver Foundation, the winner of the Inclusiveness and Racial Equity Award may designate a Colorado Nonprofit Association member organization to receive $2,500.

Definitions:

For clarity, the following are definitions of terms frequently used to describe the continuum of racial equity.

Diversity describes the extent to which an organization has people from diverse backgrounds or communities involved as board members, staff, volunteers, and donors. Diversity generally refers to who is in an organization.

Inclusion refers to whether people of color are able to participate fully in the decisions made within an organization or group. Inclusive organizations not only have people of color involved, but are also learning-centered and intentionally incorporate the needs, assets, and perspectives of everyone into everything they do. Inclusiveness generally refers to how the organization mobilizes its diverse human assets.

Racial Equity occurs when advantage or disadvantage can no longer be predicted by race. We believe that when diverse organizations work in an inclusive way, equitable outcomes are achieved. Equity generally refers to the results of inclusionary practices.

Award Considerations

Building upon their twenty-plus year history of promoting diversity, leadership, inclusion, and equity, The Denver Foundation is proud to support the Inclusiveness and Racial Equity Award to annually recognize a nonprofit organization that strongly demonstrates the following:

  1. A clear commitment to the values and practice of racial equity

  2. A developed capacity to engage constituents, residents, and community members beyond providing services

  3. Building upon the organization strengths and successes, addressing challenges and being open to learning opportunities

  4. Programming and outcomes that are influenced and improved through connection and partnership with community

  5. A demonstrated practice of inclusion in governance, staffing, volunteer engagement, community engagement, program implementation, and diversity of funding sources