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 A Night of Light Awards of Excellence

Applications are NOW OPEN!  Click on the name of the category to apply.
Application Deadline: Friday, April 25, by 5 p.m.

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The 2014 A Night of Light Awards of Excellence categories are:

Presented to the nonprofit organization that has best implemented a program/project clearly focused on advancing its mission to address a community need. This organization will have demonstrated measurable outcomes, sustainability, positive community impact, collaborative efforts and strategic vision.

Presented to the nonprofit CEO/ executive director who has best demonstrated exemplary leadership and vision. This individual will not only embody the essential characteristics of a leader, but will also have used innovative approaches to achieve measurable gains in organizational performance and efficiency.

Presented to the board chairperson or board member who has best contributed to the long-term impact of the nonprofit that he or she serves and whose leadership exhibits best practices in nonprofit governance. This individual links bold vision and ambitious plans to financial support, expertise and a network of influence.

Presented to the nonprofit organization that has best used a communications program/campaign to successfully advance its mission. This organization will have used innovative strategies to deliver key messages to its different audiences.

Presented to the corporation that best models good corporate citizenship and socially responsible partnerships. This corporation will have invested in high impact and innovative projects/partnerships with nonprofits; engaged their employees in volunteerism and philanthropy; and raised awareness of critical issues important to improving the quality of life for North Texas citizens.

The A Night of Light Awards of Excellence are $5,000 cash awards given to nonprofit organizations, individuals and corporations recognizing excellence in nonprofit management and the outstanding contribution the nonprofit sector makes to the community. In a highly competitive application process, an independent panel of judges selects three finalists in five categories.  See Past Winners.

Winners in the five categories receive $5,000 unrestricted cash awards, a crystal award from Tiffany & Co., and scholarships for CNM services. Winners will be announced LIVE at A Night of Light in November 2014.

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