The Drucker Institute Announces Call for Applications for the $100,000 Drucker Prize—Formerly the Drucker Nonprofit Award

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The Drucker Institute has announced a call to U.S.-based nonprofits to apply for the 2016 Drucker Prize, which comes with a cash award of $100,000.

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One organization will win $100,000—but everyone will walk away with powerful new knowledge.

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University has announced a call to U.S.-based nonprofits to apply for the 2016 Drucker Prize, which comes with a cash award of $100,000.

The prize application is now available on the Drucker Institute website ( The submission deadline is July 1, 2016, at 5pm Pacific Time.

The announcement marks a bold new direction for the program, which for the previous 24 years was called the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.
As in the past, the judges will look for organizations that meet Drucker’s definition of innovation—“change that creates a new dimension of performance”; are highly effective; and have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve. But in a new twist, the judges will also consider how much promise that applicants show to further leverage the discipline of innovation.

To that end, the Drucker Prize has been turned into a resource-rich learning platform—one that blends the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker with the thinking of some of today’s brightest management minds.

“The Drucker Prize learning platform has been designed as a teaching tool, providing those organizations that apply with some of Peter Drucker’s key insights on innovation and effectiveness,” said Zach First, the executive director of the Drucker Institute. “One organization will win $100,000—but everyone will walk away with powerful new knowledge.”

Hailed by BusinessWeek magazine as “the man who invented management,” Peter 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 large and small. He called the nonprofit “America's most distinctive institution.”

The 2015 first-place Drucker Award winner was Kids v. Cancer, recognized for its innovative work in creating a program that expedites therapies for rare pediatric diseases. The Drucker Institute last year received 655 applications from nonprofits in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

If you have questions about the application or prize process, please contact DruckerPrize(at)druckerinstitute(dot)com.

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute is a social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University. Our mission is strengthening organizations to strengthen society. Our programming—for the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors—is built on a foundation of YESTERDAY/TODAY/MONDAY* “Yesterday” refers to the fact that our work is grounded in Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom. “Today” speaks to the urgency that we know organizational leaders feel to successfully meet their greatest challenges and opportunities. And “Monday” points to our proven ability to help executives move quickly from ideas to action to results, just as Drucker urged his own consulting clients: “Don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different.” For more, visit

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in the United States. Our five academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award masters and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Because the world’s problems are not simple or 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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