Managing for Excellence Award

Effective, sustainable and impactful programs are the result of strong organizations.

Celebrating the Best in Nonprofit Management

Through more than 65 years of work with nonprofits, the Community Foundation has identified key factors that drive an organization’s success and community impact—including board and staff engagement, sound fiscal health, investment in the organization’s talent and infrastructure, thoughtful evaluation practices and commitment to continuous improvement.

With these factors in mind, the Foundation launched its inaugural Managing for Excellence Award in 1984. Since then, local organizations compete for the award each year. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta presents this award to two organizations annually that exhibit exemplary nonprofit management. Recognizing nonprofit organizations that demonstrate the attributes of successful businesses, noted qualities of Managing for Excellence Award winners include:

  • Strong leadership
  • Consistent business practices
  • Stable infrastructure
  • Strong allegiance to support its mission and impact
  • Responsive and effective programming

Winners are selected from two budget categories: Organizations with budgets under $2,000,000, and organizations with budgets above $2,000,000.

Winners each receive $75,000 cash award, consulting services and a robust package of marketing and recognition opportunities.

The Winners

The 2016 Managing for Excellence award recipient is the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc. is the premier leadership development organization for girls, serving more than 42,000 girls and 17,000 volunteers in 34 counties in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area, northwest Georgia and Polk County, TN.

In granting the competitive award, Managing for Excellence review committee members noted the strong link and organizational support between Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and its national organization. The committee further appreciated the organization’s dedication to learning and commitment to continuous improvement. The enthusiastic support of the Girl Scouts’ Board of Directors was another factor that set the organization apart from other applicants.

Click here to view a list of previous years’ winners.

A special thank you to Boston Consulting Group for their support of the 2016/2017 Managing for Excellence Award.


2017 Grant Cycle Timeline

  • November 1, 2016: Grant materials made available online
  • November 15, 2016 at 2 p.m.: Online orientation session
  • January 18, 2017 at noon: Deadline for nonprofits to submit the Round One Application (Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application, Managing for Excellence Round One Application Supplement and all required attachments)
  • February 10, 2017: The Foundation notifies nonprofits whether they are invited to the Round Two Application
  • March 15, 2017 at noon: Nonprofits invited to the next stage of the process submit their Round Two Application
  • April 7, 2017: Finalist applicants contacted and invited to schedule site visits at the organization’s location
  • April 12-20, 2017: Site visits are conducted
  • June 20, 2017: The Foundation notifies applicants of the award decision

Eligibility and Application Materials

 View the orientation PowerPoint here or listen to the recorded online orientation here.

Guidelines & Application

The Journey Starts Here

Ready to get started? Just visit our online portal to complete your application today.

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For more information about the Managing for Excellence Award, please contact:

Lisa Cremin
Director, Community

Lauren Jeong
Program Associate