The Drucker Prize

The $100,000 award recognizes the most innovative nonprofit organizations, while teaching their leaders how to be even more effective innovators.

The Drucker Prize

The $100,000 award recognizes the most innovative nonprofit organizations, while teaching their leaders how to be even more effective innovators.

$100,000 —
And So Much More

Now in it’s 27th 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.

The 2018 Drucker Prize application is now closed.

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.

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.”

This resource library features Drucker readings and in-depth interviews with leading social sector thinkers to help push your organization toward greater effectiveness and successful innovation with a focus on performance.

organizations applied in 2018

said what they learned will help them innovate more effectively

Past First-Place Winners

2017
We Care Solar

2016
ImproveCareNow Network

2015
Kids V Cancer

2014
HopeLab

2013
Project Red,
Boston Medical Center

2012
I AM A STAR,
American Refugee Committee

2011
Direct Relief International

2010
Safe Families for Children,
Lydia Home Association

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

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

For more information please contact Laura Roach, Director of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Engagement, by [email protected]
or at 909-607-7367.