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December 16, 2016

Deadline Extended for 2017 Brooke Award Applications


Nomination Deadline Extended for 2017 Brooke W. Mahoney Award for 
Outstanding Board Leadership 
Submit Applications by January 20th, 2017 

In its seventh year, The Brooke Award was established to recognize the outstanding work done by a nonprofit's board of directors as its members dedicate time and resources to achieving their organization's unique mission. Recipients of this award are organizations that have developed robust strategies for ensuring that their boards are vigorously engaged stewards of organizational mission, deeply prepared fiduciaries preserving the public interest, and dedicated fundraisers able to help sustain their organizations financially. 

We encourage organizations to apply so that we may showcase the best governance practices providing opportunities for other boards to learn and be inspired!

The nomination includes three sections:

  • Three Essay questions

  • Information about your Board and its Practices

  • Submission of additional documents

The Brooke Award was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Brooke W. Mahoney. For thirty-eight years, Brooke served as Executive Director and Innovator-in-Chief of VCG (now Governance Matters). Long before "good governance" became a discussion topic for the nonprofit sector, Brooke set out to bring diverse, strong individuals into nonprofit board rooms with the goal of creating a "brain trust" to help organizations achieve their mission. Last year, we recognized GallopNYCfor the quality of its Board leadership. Is this the year for your Board to be recognized? If you believe your Board is among the best, apply online for this year's award and compete to win a $5,000 prize for your organization.

We are grateful to The Rauch Foundation for underwriting this award and their support of all of our work. The competition is open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located within the Tri-State (NY/NJ/CT) area including the Hudson Valley and Long Island. There is no entry fee. Organizations do not need to be a client of Governance Matters, registered on boardnetUSA or be a member of NYCON to apply. PLEASE NOTE: Previous winners must wait five years to reapply, and previous finalists must wait three years to reapply.Learn More.


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