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. 

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.

Congratulations to the 2022 Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance Winners!


2022 Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for the 2023 application dates to be announced!

For any questions, please contact Kim Fields at

We are very excited that you are considering an application, and we wish you well. To help you prepare a strong application, please read the synopsis of the governance framework we use (found in the full application guidelines), as well as Governance as Leadership by Richard Chait, Paul Ryan and Barbara Taylor.

Remember, you don't have to be perfect to apply!

Previous Kaleidoscope Award Winners

Mama's Kitchen
Karen Organization of San Diego
San Diego Zoo Global
San Diego Museum of Man
North County Lifeline
Balboa Park Conservancy
Kids Included Together
Ocean Discovery Institute
Voices for Children
Francis Parker School
Girl Scouts San Diego
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory
United Through Reading
San Diego Jewish Academy
Volunteers of America of Southwest California
Chicano Federation
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
San Diego Jewish Community Foundation
Home of Guiding Hands
Casa de Amparo