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Toledo Community Foundation

2017 Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards Winners To Be Announced on October 10

Published on 07/05/2017 11:00 am by Joanne M Olnhausen

About the Awards

The Blade and Toledo Community Foundation, in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Resources, are pleased to announce the Annual Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards.  The Awards are designed to honor and recognize outstanding nonprofit organizations and their achievements in our community.

Awards will be given to three nonprofit organizations, one in each of the following categories:

  • Nonprofit Innovation Award
  • Nonprofit Excellence Award – Small Organization (Budget less than $500,000)
  • Nonprofit Excellence Award – Large Organization (Budget more than $500,000)  

Awards Eligibility and Criteria

In each category, applicant organizations will meet the following general eligibility criteria: 

  • Applicant must be a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and based in northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan.
  • Organizations may apply for, and are eligible to win in, more than one award category, but must submit a separate application for each category, and must address the criteria specific to each award.
  • Once an organization has received an award, that organization will become ineligible for that same award for the following three years.

Nonprofit Innovation Award Criteria

This award is intended to honor and showcase a project, program or initiative that demonstrates an innovative and effective response to community challenges. The organization's innovative project, program or initiative should have taken place or been completed within the past 18-24 months.  The strongest applications will be from organizations that can demonstrate effective and efficient use of human and financial resources, and involve the collaboration of other nonprofit organizations, businesses and/or governmental agencies in their efforts. 

This year's applicants are: 

A Renewed Mind

Autism Model School

Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation

Children's Rights Collaborative of NW Ohio

Food For Thought

Habitat for Humanity - Maumee Valley

The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio

Mom's House

Reentry Coalition of Northwest Ohio

Toledo Ballet

Toledo School for the Arts

The Universtiy of Toledo Foundation


Nonprofit Excellence Award – Large and Small Organization Criteria

This award is intended to recognize an organization for overall excellence. The application is designed to give considerable flexibility for an organization to tell its excellence story.  The strongest applications will be from those organizations that demonstrate active involvement by staff, board members, volunteers, constituents and other stakeholders in advancing the mission of the organization.  Additionally, it is expected that applications will highlight impact and results, not only process.

This year's applicants are: 

Large Org:

Sunshine Inc. Residential and Support Services

Thomas M. Wernert Center

Small Org:

Double ARC

Grand Rapids Area Swimming Pool, Inc.

Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism

International Boxing Club

Together We Can Make A Difference Initiatives

Awards Selection Process & Timeline

The award application deadline was Friday June 30, 2017.  

Selection Committee

A TCF selection committee comprised of past winners and community members with knowledge of area nonprofits will review the applications and select award winners in each category. 

Recipient Prizes

All Award Recipients will receive: 

  • The honor and distinction of being recognized as a leader among northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan’s nonprofits;
  • A one-of-a-kind glass art award engraved with the organization’s name;
  • An unrestricted grant from Toledo Community Foundation in the amount of $5,000;
  • An unrestricted grant of $500 from The Andersons;
  • A full page ad in The Blade;
  • A feature article highlighting the winning organizations in Toledo Community Foundation‘s newsletter, and sharing of award winners via The Center for Nonprofit Resources’ e-newsletter and website; and
  • One table for ten (at no charge) to the recognition event to be held in October.


Awards Ceremony Information

Awards will be presented to winning organizations at the Annual Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards breakfast on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  Questions about the ceremony should be directed to Laura Sams at laura@toledocf.org.



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