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Awards Ceremony Information

Plan to join us for the 11th Annual Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards ceremony and breakfast on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at The Premier, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, at 7:30 a.m. Three winning organizations will be announced from a pool of 13 applicants.

Local nonprofit organizations nominated themselves for these awards, and winners will be chosen by a committee comprised of sponsor representatives and a past recipient of the awards. Winners receive a one-of-a-kind glass award, $5,000 in unrestricted grant money from Greater Toledo Community Foundation and $1,000 in unrestricted grant money from The Andersons, plus a half-page ad in The Blade. 


Starting August 16, make your reservations here (a link to the RSVP form will be provided by Aug. 16). Tickets, which include breakfast, are $20 each or $180 for a table of ten.

The deadline for reservations is October 18, 2021.

Questions about the ceremony should be directed to Laura Sams at

About the Awards

The Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence Awards were designed to honor and recognize outstanding nonprofit organizations and their achievements in our community.

Awards are 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)

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 Greater Toledo Community Foundation in the amount of $5,000;
  • An unrestricted grant in the amount of $1,000 from The Andersons;
  • A half-page ad in The Blade; and
  • A feature article highlighting the winning organizations in Greater Toledo Community Foundation's newsletter, and sharing of award winners via The Center for Nonprofit Resources’ e-newsletter and website.
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