Drucker Prize

Drucker Institute


Grant amount: US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 3, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Research, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Drucker Prize

The Drucker Prize (formerly known as the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation) continues to recognize the organization that best exemplifies Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

While only one organization will win the $100,000, everyone who applies will get something just as valuable: powerful new tools for effectiveness. There are no restrictions on the use of the prize money. 

The prize is meant to recognize organizations with a proven record of performance and innovation. It is not a grant to fund new programs. You can submit an application for a specific program or for the entire organization—whichever you think makes the strongest case. But if you apply for a specific program, please make sure the results you’re reporting are reflective of that program, not a different program or the organization overall. 

What are the selection criteria?

The Drucker Prize is granted to the organization that best demonstrates Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” In addition, the judges look for highly effective programs that have made a demonstrable difference in the lives of the people they serve. And, finally, the judges will take into account how much promise they think an organization shows to further leverage the discipline of innovation based on what has been learned from the resources on The Drucker Prize platform.

How does the “learning platform” work?

Applicants for The Drucker Prize will be presented with an opportunity to learn some of Peter Drucker’s core principles. The learning expands in depth and breadth for the second round and will be open to 50 semifinalists. In Round 2 leaders of these 50 organizations will then have the opportunity— online and at their own pace—to dive into specially designed mini-courses covering additional key aspects of innovation and nonprofit performance. As they soak in this material—delivered by some of today’s top management thinkers—they will be directed to answer a set of final questions that explores not only how well their organization already engages in some of these practices, but what’s a new thing they’ve learned, and how might they apply this new knowledge.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The only requirement is the organization must be an IRS-certified 501(c)(3).
    • A copy of the 501(c)(3) determination letter is required along with the application.
    • Organizations operating as a nonprofit under an umbrella organization, but do not have their our own 501(c)(3) status, are still eligible.

Ineligibility:

  • The prize is meant to recognize organizations with a proven record of performance. It is not a grant to fund new programs.