The Drucker Institute Announces Call for Applications for $100,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

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The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University has announced a call for applications for the 2011 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.

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The first-place prize is $100,000, thanks to a generous grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The second-place award is $7,500, and the third-place prize is $5,000.

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The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University has announced a call for applications for the 2011 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.

The first-place prize is $100,000, thanks to a generous grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The second-place award is $7,500, and the third-place prize is $5,000.

The award application is now available on the Drucker Institute website (http://www.DruckerInstitute.com). The submission deadline is July 1, 2011. (If you have questions about the application or award process, please contact award (at) druckerinstitute (dot) com).

Administered annually since 1991, the Drucker Award is granted to a social-sector organization that demonstrates Drucker’s definition of innovation—change that creates a new dimension of performance. In addition, the judges look for programs that are highly effective and that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

“Peter told us that the purpose of this prize is to find the innovators, whether small or large; to celebrate their example; and to inspire others,” said Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute. “In an era of continuing turbulence and constrained resources, the need for all organizations to innovate each and every day, in ways big and small, has never been greater.”

Wartzman noted that the Drucker Award application has been designed as a teaching tool, providing those organizations that fill it out with some of Peter Drucker’s key insights on innovation. Last year, 87% of respondents to an Institute survey indicated that the application had, in fact, prompted them “to explore additional opportunities for innovation.”

The winners of this year’s competition will be invited to attend the Drucker Innovation Forum in Claremont later this fall. At this intimate, invitation-only event, participants will gather for a uniquely cross-sector conversation about strategies for making innovation systematic and effective within their organizations.

Hailed by BusinessWeek magazine as “the man who invented management,” Drucker not only consulted for major corporations; he also advised the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and countless other social-sector organizations. He called the nonprofit “America's most distinctive institution.”

The 2010 first-place Drucker Award winner was LYDIA Home Association, a Chicago-based organization whose Safe Families program offers a temporary sanctuary to children whose families are in crisis but who don’t qualify for foster care. In addition to providing a safe alternative to the child welfare system, Safe Families also offers support services to parents, and in many cases Safe Families volunteers continue on as mentors even after the child is returned home. What’s more, by providing an overwhelmed and resource-limited parent with a safe, temporary place for his or her child without the threat of losing custody, the program helps to reduce the potential for abuse and neglect.

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of the late Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

To meet its mission, the Institute hosts collaborative forums for executives from across all sectors; works with high school students to teach them basic management principles and equip them with lifelong tools for effectiveness; produces curricular material that distills Drucker’s decades of leading-edge thinking, including a management training system called the Drucker Management Path; and acts as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies: volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker’s teachings to bring about positive change in their local communities.

In addition, the Institute maintains a digital archive of Drucker’s papers; undertakes research that builds on Drucker’s writings; offers an annual $100,000 prize for nonprofit innovation; applies Drucker’s work to current events (through a regular online column in Bloomberg Businessweek by Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman and through a blog called the Drucker Exchange); and hosts visiting fellows with Drucker-like insights and values.

The Institute is a close affiliate of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, which is training the next generation of leaders and managers to do good while they do well.

For more on the Drucker Institute, please visit: http://www.druckerinstitute.com.

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in the United States. Our nine academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award masters and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Because the world’s problems are not simple nor easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across the traditional discipline boundaries to create new and practical solutions for the major problems plaguing our world. A Southern California based graduate school devoted entirely to graduate research and study, CGU boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio.

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