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2010 Governor's Awards for Nonprofit Excellence – Applications Now Open!

by Annie Sutton

MANP is pleased to announce the opening of the 2010 Governor’s Awards for Nonprofit Excellence program, formerly the Dirigo Awards for Nonprofit Excellence. The Awards will be presented at the 2010 MANP Annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference at Colby College on April 1st.

This year, six organizations that best demonstrate tested and exemplary management practices which contribute to organizational success and mission achievement will be chosen in three categories based on organizational budget size. Two nonprofits in each category will receive cash prizes. The first place organization in each category will receive $2,000 in cash, a beautiful Maine-made handcrafted statuette, and state-wide recognition through media efforts. The second place winners in each category will receive $1,000 as well as state-wide recognition.

MANP will hold a free Awards Workshop for interested applicants on Friday, January 15th from 9am-12pm in Portland. New this year, the workshop will feature a mini-SkillBuilder on how to effectively share your organization’s success stories as well as guidance on how to use the Awards as a positive PR opportunity. The workshop will also include advice from past award winners and will touch on the details of the application and selection process. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by January 4th to LK Gagnon.

The competition is open to any 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Maine and is free to all applicants. The due date for applications is February 5, 2010.

The Governor’s Awards are part of MANP’s Guiding Principles and Practices of Nonprofit Excellence in Maine program, which is generously sponsored by Healey & Associates. For more information about this program and a link to the application, visit our website.

4 thoughts on “2010 Governor’s Awards for Nonprofit Excellence – Applications Now Open!

Thank you for offering me this opportunity.I beiieve the award shall motivate we member of MANP to do more.This show that together as one nation and one people the community and the state government are developing the country.I need the Governor should acknowledge the effort some of the non-profit organizations in training expecially the immigrant community in the state of Maine this year 2009.To the members of MANP the spirit shown this has changed many people lifes.Good bye.

Rodents Biacho

Lael Stegall says:

Question: Must one attend the Jan. 4th workshop in order to make a nomination for the 2010 Governor’s Award for Non-Profit Excellence??? I have an excellent candidate but seek more details on the application process. Please advise.

Lael Stegall

Brenda Peluso says:

Hello and thank you for your comments and questions. Attendence at the January 15th workshop isn’t required, but many have found it extremely helpful. This year the workshop will also include a session on telling your story compellingly.

The guidelines and application procedure are outlined in this document: https://www.nonprofitmaine.org/documents/2010ApplicationGuidelines.pdf.

This is not a nomination process – organizations should make their own applications.

I hope that answers your questions and we look forward to hearing more about all of the great work that is going on in the nonprofit sector.

Thank you to MANP for offering this award to Non-Profits. In 2008, my hometown library, Gibbs Library of Washington, Maine was honored with this award in the small budget category. The preparation for the award is a learning process which encouraged our organization to improve by introducing us to the “Guiding Principles”while we wrote our application narrative.

We found this to be a very prestigious award and our library has benefitted in many ways. The cash award was used to improve our computer technology. Our membership has increased by another 200 members. Our PR has improved and program attendance and contributions have been increasing as well.

MANP is a wonderful and helpful group of people. Our library is now a member. I recommend their Skill Builder courses. I can’t say enough good things.

P Oboyski

Gibbs Library President

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