13th Annual USD Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance

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

We are not currently taking applications for the 2021 Governance Symposium's Kaleidoscope Award. We have decided to put this year's award on hiatus due to the limitations created by this year's pandemic and given that so much of our due diligence relies on in-person meetings with board members. We anticipate resuming it again in 2022.

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. 

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In addition to the Kaleidoscope Award, San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) won the first-ever BoardSource Prudential Award for Exceptional Governance.



Electronic Application

Submit electronic application with attachments to:

Kim Fields

Hard Copy Application

Submit hardcopy application with attachments to:

Kim Fields
The Nonprofit Institute, SOLES
5998 Alcala Park,
San Diego, CA, 92110

Kaleidoscope Award Committee

  • Mariano Diaz, Lead Partner, R&M Consulting Group
  • Edith Glassey, MA, Chief Development Officer, Center for Community Solutions
  • Paul Van Dolah, President, Van Dolah and Associates
  • Michelle Jaramillo, Communications Director, Partners for Progress
  • Laura Deitrick, PhD, Professor of Practice and Associate Director, The Nonprofit Institute
  • Emily Young, PhD, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Institute

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!

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