Eighth Annual USD Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance

Proud of Your Board?  Nominate Your Nonprofit for The Kaleidoscope Award

At the University of San Diego, we want to recognize, promote, and inspire excellence in nonprofit governance.  One of the ways we do this is through our annual Kaleidoscope Award, honoring exceptional governance in nonprofit organizations.

Like a kaleidoscope, the work of nonprofit governance is intricate, varied, and involves viewing the organization through a variety of lenses.  Exceptional governance requires precision, imagination, and principled and adept decision-making.  Governance practitioners are dedicated volunteers who contribute valuable services to our community.

Here is one of our USD Kaleidoscope Award winners in action.

Click here to see what the San Diego Youth Symphony has to say about Board Governance!

In addition to the Kaleidoscope Award, San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) won the first ever BoardSource Prudential Award for Exceptional Governance.   Certainly, the Kaleidoscope Award experience was great on its own, but was also good practice for the national scene.

What about you?

If you think your board exemplifies exceptional governance, please consider applying for the 2014 Kaleidoscope Award.  Award winners receive a $500 cash award and five complimentary passes to the 10th annual Governance Symposium in January, 2014 ($873 value).  The winner will be announced at the symposium on January 10th at 3:15 p.m.  The award ceremony and panel discussion will be followed by a Kaleidoscope Award reception at 4:15 p.m.  

Key Deadlines:

9/16/13: Notify Jennifer Yebba, jyebba@sandiego.edu, of your intent to apply.

10/1/13: by 5 p.m.: Submit hard copy and electronic application with attachments to Liz Shear, lizshear@sbcglobal.net, and Liz Shear, Nonprofit Institute, SOLES, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA, 92110.

10/9/13: Receive notification of status.

11/1/13: Participate in committee site visit and interview with your board leadership and key staff.  Please make sure you are available on this date when you submit your application, as our committee will be unable to make scheduling changes.  Also have additional materials available (listed in application) for on-site review at that time.  Please plan 1.5 hours for the visit and interview.

11/9/13: The committee will notify you of their decision.

Kaleidoscope Award Committee:

  • Mary McDonald, Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego
  • Janine Mason, Executive Director of the Fieldstone Foundation
  • Edith Glassey, Associate Executive Director of Development at the Center for Community Solutions
  • Donald Stump, Executive Director at North County Lifeline
  • Paul Van Dolah, President of Van Dolah & Associates
  • Liz Shear, Faculty member and Director of USD’s Nonprofit Governance Symposium

Exceptional governance is always a work in process.   If you are proud of your board’s track record at oversight, foresight and/or insight and have an exceptional governance story to tell, we encourage you to submit your organization for consideration. The application period for the 2014 Kaleidoscope Award has closed.

By Liz Shear, USD Instructor and Nonprofit Governance Consultant, and Jennifer A. Jones, M.A., Research Assistant ar the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research.