Twelfth Annual USD Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance

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

Like a kaleidoscope, the work of nonprofit governance is intricate, varied, and involves viewing the organization through a variety of lenses. Nonprofit governance works best when viewed through three lenses: fiduciary, strategic and generative. Good boards are dedicated volunteers who understand which lens to apply at any given time, to provide leadership that enhances an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.

The mission of the USD Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance is to recognize, celebrate and promote good governance in the San Diego region's nonprofit sector. Our Kaleidoscope Award Committee is now accepting nominations. The winner will be announced at the 14th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium on January 25, 2018.

The award-winning organization will receive a $500 cash award plus 5 complimentary passes to the 14th annual symposium in recognition of their leadership, service and accomplishments. Their name will also be placed on the Kaleidoscope Award recognition wall at USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

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.

Key Deadline:

12/1/17: Application submission deadline

Submit electronic application with attachments to Kim Fields,

Submit hardcopy application with attachments to Kim Fields, The Nonprofit Institute, SOLES, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA, 92110


Kaleidoscope Award Committee:

  • Laura Deitrick, PhD, Professor of Practice and Associate Director, The Nonprofit Institute at The University of San Diego
  • Edith Glassey, MA, Chief Development Officer, Center for Community Solutions
  • Janine Mason, MA, Executive Director, Fieldstone Foundation; Kaleidoscope Award Founder
  • Don Stump, MA, Executive Director, North County Lifeline
  • Paul Van Dolah, President, Van Dolah and Associates
  • Mariano Diaz, Lead Partner, R&M Consulting Group
  • Michelle Jaramillo, Communications Director, Partners for Progress
  • Emily Young, PhD, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Institute at USD

We are very excited that you are considering an application and we wish you well. To help you make your decision and to prepare a strong application, please read our synopsis of the governance framework we use as well as the Governance as Leadership by Richard Chait, Paul Ryan and Barbara Taylor. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect to apply!