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Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management

Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence

Large Nonprofit Award Winners

2018 – The People’s Music School*
2016 – Christopher House*
2015 – Accion Chicago*
2014 – Chicago Community Loan Fund
2013 – Concordia Place
2012 – Center on Halsted
2011 – Children’s Home and Aid
2010 – Erie Family Health Center
2009 – Community Health
2008 – Chicago House & Social Service Agency
2007 – Metropolitan Family Services
2006 – Trinity Services, Inc.
2005 – Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
2004 – Seguin Services, Inc.
2003 – John G. Shedd Aquarium
2002 – The Greater Chicago Food Depository

Large Nonprofit Honorable Mentions

2018 – Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and Mikva Challenge*
2016 – Elgin Symphony Orchestra*
2015 – Teen Living Programs*
2014 – La Casa Norte
2013 – Chicago Cares, Inc.
2010 – Morton Arboretum; Christopher House
2009 – Christopher House
2008 – Writers’ Theatre
2007 – Search Development Center
2006 – Metropolitan Family Services
2005 – Palliative Care Center and Hospice of the North Shore
2004 – Chinese American Service League, Inc.; Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights
2003 – America’s Second Harvest; Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights; Seguin Services, Inc.
2002 – National Center on Poverty Law; Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

Small Nonprofit Award Winners

2018 – The People’s Music School*
2016 – Christopher House*
2015 – Accion Chicago*
2014 – Literature for All of Us
2013 – Between Friends
2012 – Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
2011 – Lincoln Park Community Shelter
2010 – The Bridge Youth & Family Services
2009 – Girls in the Game
2008 – Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic
2007 – The Cara Program
2006 – TimeLine Theatre
2005 – Gads Hill Center
2004 – Deborah’s Place
2003 – Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
2002 – The Night Ministry

Small Nonprofit Honorable Mentions

2018 – Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and Mikva Challenge*
2016 – Elgin Symphony Orchestra*
2015 – Teen Living Programs*
2013 – Youth Job Center
2011 – Inspiration Corporation
2010 – Chicago Children’s Choir
2009 – Family Service and Mental Health Center of Oak Park River Forest
2008 – Lincoln Park Community Shelter
2007 – Inspiration Corporation
2006 – Women Employed
2005 – Women Employed
2004 – St. Leonard’s Ministries; Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago
2003 – Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras;
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
2002 – Chicago Children’s Choir; The Cradle

*From 2015 forward the large and small categories were eliminated.

Excellent Emerging Organization Award

Winners

2018 – Lost Boyz, Inc.
2016 – Muslim Women’s Alliance
2015 – Intonation Music Workshop
2014 – Waukegan to College
2013 – Porchlight Counseling Services
2012 – EEE (Empowerment through Education and Exposure)
2011 – Urban Initiatives
2010 – Family Defense Center

Honorable Mention

2018 – Honeycomb Project and The Kedzie Center
2013 – Gonzo Soccer