THE DRUCKER PRIZE

We Care Solar Wins $100,000 annual prize
for Nonprofits

We Care Solar is the winner of the 2017 Drucker Prize. The organization’s solar-powered suitcase provides lighting and electricity for nighttime obstetrical care in the developing world.

The Drucker Prize judges recognized We Care Solar’s impressive results, including the provision of life-saving labor and delivery procedures to nearly one million mothers and infants who would not otherwise have received them. The judges further recognized the organization’s promise for further leveraging the discipline of innovation.

Now it its 26th year, The Drucker Prize (formerly known as the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation) continues to recognize the organization that best exemplifies Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

TIMELESS WISDOM, NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL

Beyond the cash award, The Drucker Prize offers nonprofits a host of practical insights to help them become more innovative and more effective. Indeed, The Drucker Prize’s resource-rich learning platform blends the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker with the thinking of some of today’s brightest management minds. We are proud to announce that this original content is now open to all. Below you will see topics of mini-courses that cover key aspects of innovation and nonprofit performance.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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I truly loved the learning experience. Now that I’ve told others about it, we are all fighting over who gets to do it next year.

2016 applicant

2017 RESOURCE LIBRARY

Innovative organizations aren’t merely smart. They strive for a deep understanding of whom they serve and why; they communicate effectively; and they have the right kind of leadership. As Peter Drucker noted, the focus of innovation “is not knowledge but performance.”

Demand Driven Innovation

Matt Plummer and Taz Hussein,
The Bridgespan Group
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BALANCING SHORT AND LONG TERM

Anne Wallestad, President and CEO,
BoardSource
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Change and Continuity

Jim Collins,
Author
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PLANNED ABANDONMENT

Kevin McCoy,
National Office Furniture
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Innovation VIA Systems Thinking

Rob Ricigliano, Systems and Complexity Coach at
The Omidyar Group
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Innovation Do’s & Dont’s

Excerpts from 
Peter F. Drucker
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PAST FIRST-PLACE WINNERS

2014

2012

I AM A STAR,
American Refugee Committee

2010

Safe Families for Children,
Lydia Home Association

1991–1999

1999 California Transportation Training Institute, California Emergency Foodlink

1998 Times Square Jobs Training Program, Common Ground Community

1997 Computer Clubhouse, The Computer Museum

1996 Second Family Program, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

1995 ECO-O.K. Banana Project, Rainforest Alliance

1994 Community Schools, Children’s Aid Society

1993 Project Teamwork, Center for Study of Sport in Society

1992 Parish Partnership Transitional Housing Program, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri

1991 Living in Family Environments, Judson Center

2013

Project Red,
Boston Medical Center

2000–2009

2009 Center for Court Innovation

2008 KickStart International

2007 Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

2006 United Through Reading

2005 The Landscape Bank, Keep Alachua County Beautiful

2004 Wheel Get There, Minnesota Valley Action Council

2003 River Falls First Responders

2002 Crafts with Conviction, Crayons to Computers

2001 The Eloy Model, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

2000 Peer Educator Training Program, SAGE Project

92%

of 2016’s first-round applicants said that simply completing the application would prompt them to explore additional opportunities for innovation.

We are honored and humbled by the recognition and generous support that comes with this award. We find inspiration in Peter Drucker’s great legacy as we continue our mission to harness the power and appeal of technology to improve people’s health and well-being.

Pat Christen
President and CEO of HopeLab, 
the 2014 first-place winner

For any questions please contact Laura Roach, Director of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Engagement, by email or at 909-607-7367.