Friends Groups, Apply Now for MCN’s Prestigious Mission and Excellence Awards

If your Friends of the Library groups is a members of or otherwise affiliated with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, you probably already know that the state association’s 2013 annual conference is slated for October 24-25 this year. What you may not know is that May is the time to start preparing.

That’s the case, at least, if your Friends group wants to be considered for any of a number of prestigious awards and acknowledgements. The program, called the Minnesota Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Awards, is an important cornerstone of the yearly conference. If your organization has had an active and successful year, you may want to consider submitting an application for…

Nonprofit Mission Award

A tradition since 1987, the Nonprofit Mission Award showcases the outstanding work of nonprofits in the categories of:

  • Innovation
  • Anti-Racism Initiative(s)
  • Advocacy
  • Responsive Philanthropy

You may nominate any nonprofit, including one you are a member or employee of. You can find the necessary forms here. (In addition, a full list of past recipients and their award videos are available online.) Nominations must be submitted by May 30, 2013.

Nonprofit Excellence Award

Newer to the roster of distinctions are the Excellence Awards, two prizes awarded annually to Minnesota (or Minnesota-based) nonprofits in acknowledgement of a long-standing tradition of exemplary performance, as outlined in MCN’s popular Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence.

Two Excellence Awards are given to help broaden the field for worthy nonprofits of all types and sizes; one goes to an organization with a $1.5 million or higher operation budget, while the other is reserved for smaller outfits.

Applications for the Excellence Awards should be self-submitted by the organization and require extensive advance planning. You can learn more here.

We at MALF wish the best to all Friends group entrants!