Now in it’s 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.”
While only one organization will win the $100,000, everyone who applies will get something just as valuable: powerful new tools for effectiveness.
RESOURCE-RICH LEARNING PLATFORM
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. Our original content is open first to each year’s 50 semifinalists. Leaders of these organizations get to dive into specially designed mini-courses covering key aspects of innovation and nonprofit performance. When we announce the 10 finalists each year in September, we simultaneously make available this trove of insights to all of our applicants—and to the entire sector.
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 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.”
PAST FIRST-PLACE WINNERS
American Refugee Committee
Lydia Home Association
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
Boston Medical Center
2005 The Landscape Bank, Keep Alachua County Beautiful
2004 Wheel Get There, Minnesota Valley Action Council
2002 Crafts with Conviction, Crayons to Computers
2001 The Eloy Model, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
2000 Peer Educator Training Program, SAGE Project
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.
President and CEO of HopeLab,
the 2014 first-place winner