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Prize Rewards Charities that Collaborate

(June 9, 2008) Nominations are being accepted now for The Collaboration Prize, a $250,000 award being offered by the Lodestar Foundation for U.S. charities.

The prize will recognize a collaboration that has taken place between two or more nonprofit organizations that involves the sharing of resources in bringing services to their community.

The aim of the annual prize is to encourage greater impact among charities in the services they provide the community and to create models for reducing duplication of charitable services.

Collaborations will be judged on the extent to which they:

  • Demonstrate significant impact through quantifiable means and/or qualitative evidence
  • Represent an innovative response to a specific challenge or opportunity, better position the collaboration as a field/sector leader, or more effectively use human and financial resources

Collaboration here is defined as joint programming, administrative consolidations or mergers among two or more organizations that would otherwise compete.

Nominations for the 2008-2009 prize will be accepted from June 1, 2008, until 5 p.m. EDT on July 21, 2008.

Nominators must be familiar with the collaboration but cannot be an employee of any entity involved in the collaboration. Board members may submit nominations in support of organizations they serve.

The 2008-2009 prize will be awarded in March 2009 at the Spring Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness held by the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University.

The prize is offered in partnership with the AIM Alliance (The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University). The Collaboration Prize seeks to build an information base of effective practice models that can be studied and used by academics, nonprofit leaders and grant makers to inspire and advance their work.

More information about the prize can be found on The Collaboration Prize website.

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