American Express Building Leadership Award: For Nonprofits

December 23, 2008

Deadline for nominations is February 16, 2009.

The American Express Building Leadership Award recognizes a nonprofit that develops a culture of investing in the people of the independent sector. The honoree will have demonstrated its commitment to preparing tomorrow’s leaders of the nonprofit community by:

  • implementing strategies that hold principles of leadership development central to the way the organization functions
  • incorporating innovative strategies and systems that encourage staff, board, and volunteer leadership development in the organization and the community it serves;
  • embodying and promoting an inclusive and diverse community; and
  • measuring the impact the organization has on its community.


Nomination Process for the American Express Building Leadership Award

Nominations are accepted from anyone affiliated with the organization, including staff and board members, volunteers, or other supporters. Organizations located outside the United States can also be nominated provided they meet 501(c)(3) equivalency standards.

To be considered for the award, an organization must be nominated using the online nomination form. Nominators are encouraged to keep the nomination letters to no more than two pages in length. Please include information about how the organization meets the criteria of the award.

The deadline for nominations is February 16, 2009.

Once the nomination has been received, IS will contact the nominated organization to request additional information about programs and leadership activities. Both this application process and the nomination letter will be used to evaluate nominated organizations for the award.

A final decision will be made in late summer. The award will be presented at the IS Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan, November 4-6, 2009. Independent Sector presents the award at the Annual Conference each year.

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