West Virginia Nonprofit Association S Awards for Excellence
West Virginia Nonprofit Association’s
Awards for Excellence
The West Virginia Nonprofit Association’s Awards for Excellence are designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of West Virginia Nonprofit organizations and increase awareness of the impact of the nonprofit sector in communities throughout the state of West Virginia.
The foundation for the Awards for Excellence are West Virginia’s Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. The Principles and Practices document can be found on WVNPA’s website at
Eligibility and Criteria:
Created by the WVNPA, the awards are open to any 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in West Virginia. There is no fee to apply for the award. Organizations do not have to be a member of the WVNPA to apply. Applications are welcome from small, medium, and large nonprofits as well as new or well-established organizations. Organizations can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. Awards are based on the organization as a whole and not on one specific program. Winners will receive an award, be recognized at WVNPA’s annual conference in Charleston, October 12 & 13, 2017, on WVNPA’s website and in a statewide press release, and receive one free registration to the annual conference.
Awards:Three (3) awards will be given, one for each category:
-Organizations with operating budgets of $300,000 or less
-Organizations with operating budgets of $300,001 - $750,000
-Organizations with operating budgets of $750,001 or more
Timeline and Selection Process:
Applications must be received by August 31, 2017. Winners will be selectedand notified early September.
The award selection committee is an all-volunteer committee selected by the WVNPA’s Program Committee. All information submitted remains confidential. If you are a winner, you must be able to send at least one representative to the annual conference Oct. 12 & 13th.
Contact the WVNPA at 304-667-2248 or email .
West Virginia Nonprofit Association’s
Awards for Excellence Application
Organization’s EIN: ______
Contact Name: ______
City: ______State: ______Zip: ______
Section A: Award Category: (mark one)
Operating budget of $300,000 or less
Operating budgets of $300,001 - $750,000
Operating budgets of $750,001 or more
Section B: General Operations: (check one)
Do you have a strategic plan?Yes No
Do you have a mission statement?Yes No
Are you registered with the WV State Tax Department WV Business Division? Yes No
Have you filed your annual IRS 990 for the previous fiscal year?Yes No
Do you have Director and Officer and general liability insurance?Yes No
Do you ensure non-discriminatory service to your constituents?Yes No
Do you have an employee handbook?Yes No
Do you do annual performance evaluations?Yes No
Do you have a conflict of interest policy?Yes No
Section C: Principle Questions (Please limit your narrative to a maximum of 4 total pages for Questions 1 through 8)
- What is your mission and how does it guide the operation of your organization?
- Describe the process(s) you use to plan and implement the overall direction of your organization.
- Describe the role of your board of directors in governance of your organization.
- What are your organizational practices for ensuring financialtransparency and accountability?
- How do you ensure that your organization has the financial resources it needs to meet your mission?
- Describe your process for recruiting, training and managing employees and volunteers.
- Describe your most effective marketing tool.
- Provide a specific example of how you measure the impact of your organization.
Section D: Marketing piece or tool
Include one marketing piece or URL link from your organization that best visualizes your organization’s brand.
Completed applications are due August 31, 2017
Send an electronic version of your application and accompanying documents to: