June 01, 2012

Competitions Seek Examples of Nonprofit Innovation

Several competitions that focus on innovation in nonprofit financing and programs are accepting applications:

• The Alliance for Global Good wants to encourage innovation in nonprofit financing to help top-performing organizations diversify their sources of revenue to become more sustainable and self-reliant.

The alliance is currently accepting grant applications for its Innovation Fund from charities that seek to fight poverty or focus on health, education, the environment, and global affairs. Applicants must be tax-exempt organizations in the United States that are at least 10 years old.

The deadline for applications is June 27. The alliance will host a conference call on June 11 to answer questions about the fund and the application process.

• Charities can apply for the 2012 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The first-place prize is $100,000, second place is $7,500, and third place is $5,000.

The award, which has been given annually since 1991, honors organizations whose work exemplifies the management guru’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance,” is highly effective, and makes a significant difference in the lives of the people they serve.

The deadline for entries is July 1.

• ArtsFwd, a Web site that focuses on new approaches in the arts, is holding a “Business Unusual” innovation story contest.

Arts organizations are invited to submit their stories of unconventional responses to challenges. Finalists will be featured on the site, and ArtsFwd will create a three-minute “audio postcard” that brings the winning entry to life with sound and pictures.

Entries, which should not exceed 500 words, are due June 30.

Send an e-mail to Nicole Wallace.