Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management Awards

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Axelson Center announces winners of the 2020 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and Excellent Emerging Organization Award

The Axelson Center announced the winners of the 2020 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Excellent Emerging Organization Award via social media on May 14.

Alford-Axelson Award

Congratulations to New Moms, winner of the 2020 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence. Established in 2002, the Alford Axelson Award is given to established organizations that exemplify managerial excellence. This year’s winner, New Moms, provides programs in housing, job training, and family support for young moms and their children. The review committee was impressed that New Moms’ exhibits excellence in many of the Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence. The organization integrates research, learning and innovation, thinks creatively about solutions and tests promising ideas. By using rigorous program evaluation, New Moms sees outcomes that dramatically exceed national averages for similar programs. In addition, New Moms’ innovative social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, provides transitional job training and professional skill development for young moms while simultaneously contributing to a diverse funding portfolio.

Excellent Emerging Organization Award

The Excellent Emerging Organization Award recognizes up-and-coming organizations that exhibit current and future leadership in their sector. This year’s winner, Math Circles of Chicago, creates opportunities for children across Chicago to develop a passion for mathematics. The organization provides free, unique enrichment programs for fifth to 12th graders of diverse backgrounds

The award committee attributes Math Circles success to strong executive and volunteer leadership that is committed to the vision that math should be fun and empowering and accessible to every child in Chicago.

In addition, honorable mention was awarded to Girl Forward for their work with girls who have been displaced globally by conflict and persecution.