Drucker Institute Names 2018 Drucker Prize Semifinalists

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The Drucker Institute has recognized 50 organizations for excellence in innovation.

These organizations now have the chance to push their innovative ambitions even further in pursuit of the $100,000 prize.

Today, the Drucker Institute named the 50 semifinalists for the 2018 Drucker Prize.

From 509 first-round applicants, we selected the following 50 organizations for their excellence in demonstrating Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation—change that creates a new dimension of performance:

A Breeze of Hope Foundation; Asia Initiatives; Bakersfield ARC; Benefits Data Trust; Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Children's Flight of Hope; Corporation for Supportive Housing; DataKind; EnCorps STEM Teachers Program; First Book; FORCE Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered; Found in Translation; Friends of the Children; Generation Enterprise; Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team; iACT; Interise; LA Family Housing; Leadership Rhode Island; Literacy KC; Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen; Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance; MIND Research Institute; mothers2mothers; myAgro; NAF; National Capital Poison Center; New Classrooms; New York On Tech; One Heart World-Wide; Operation ASHA; Orbis International; Power to Decide; Project Concern International; Read to Grow; Safe Water Network; Save the Children; SavingSpecies; Sightsavers; SIRUM; Team Rubicon; The HALO Trust; The Resolution Project; The YouthQuest Foundation; Trauma Resource Institute; Unistream; Village Enterprise; Virginia Mason Health System; Water for Good; and YMCA of the USA.

These 50 nonprofits now qualify for The Drucker Prize’s second round, where their leaders will engage a series of short innovation learning modules. Produced especially for The Drucker Prize, these modules feature insights from some of today’s top thinkers on management and leadership, as well as the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker. In Round 2, the semifinalists will be asked to articulate for the judges both their current innovation practices, as well as and how they might further leverage the disciplines of innovation to improve their organization’s results.

The submission deadline for the Round 2 application is August 3, 2018 at 5pm Pacific time.

“These 50 semifinalist organizations have made it to Round 2 of The Drucker Prize based on their impressive track records. They now have the chance to push their innovative ambitions even further in pursuit of the $100,000 prize. And while we know the cash is important, we also hear each year from scores of semifinalists that the new knowledge they are poised to gain will be, over time, more valuable still,” said Zach First, executive director of the Drucker Institute.

The 10 finalists for this year’s Drucker Prize will be announced on August 31. At that time all of the resources from the learning platform will be made available to the entire social sector.

The winner of the $100,000 Drucker Prize will be announced on October 1. 

Administered annually since 1991, The Drucker Prize, formerly known as the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, is given to a social-sector organization that demonstrates Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” The judges look for programs that are highly effective and have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve, as well as for those organizations that demonstrate a capacity to further leverage the discipline of innovation.

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. He called the nonprofit “America’s most distinctive institution.”

If you have questions about the application or prize process, please contact druckerprize@drucker.institute.

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 http://www.drucker.institute.

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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