April, 2011Independent Sector and American Express announce open nominations for the 2011 American Express NGen Leadership Award honoring a nonprofit professional age 40 or under who has demonstrated transformative impact addressing society’s critical needs. The 2010 Award was presented to Darell Hammond, co-founder and CEO of KaBOOM! for his work creating great playspaces for every child in America through the participation, revitalization and leadership of communities.
By recognizing the individual’s contributions, this award highlights the talents and achievements of young leaders in communities, organizations and the sector at large. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 13. Self-nomination is not admissible for this award.
“The American Express NGen Leadership Award showcases the diversity, promise and impact of emerging leaders” said Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “Our nominees are nonprofit professionals who are raising the standards of the sector. We hope this award continues to inspire other young leaders to reach their potential and advance the common good for generations to come.”
This award extends Independent Sector’s commitment to and support of emerging leaders. Among IS signature programs is NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now, a special series of leadership development and networking sessions for nonprofit professionals under-40 that takes place at Independent Sector’s Annual Conference.
NGen also includes the American Express NGen Fellows program, which provides an accomplished and diverse group of 12 emerging leaders with exceptional opportunities to hone their leadership skills, strengthen their professional networks, and develop a collaborative project focused on issues important to young leaders.
“American Express believes it is important to nurture the leaders who create positive transformative impact,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “We believe the American Express NGen Leadership Award does just that."
Nominations can be made at: IndependentSector.org/ngen_leadership_award.
To be eligible for the award, the nonprofit professional must be employed by
a U.S.-based nonprofit or non-governmental organization and demonstrate transformative impact in his or her field. The leader should display a proven ability to collaborate in innovative, inclusive ways, and identify needs, generate solutions and assess progress toward goals.
Nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee of nonprofit and philanthropic professionals. Six finalists will be asked to submit answers to brief questions and their responses will serve as the basis for the committee's final selection.
The finalists will be featured in a virtual Leadership Forum with the NGen community on July 13. Facilitated by the 2010 recipient, Darell Hammond, the finalists will discuss their experiences and opinions on the issues pressing to leaders and the nonprofit community.
The recipient of the American Express NGen Leadership Award will be announced in late July, and will be recognized during the Independent Sector Annual Conference in Chicago, October 30-November 1.
Independent Sector is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of approximately 550 nonprofits, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in every state across the nation. Its mission is to advance the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the nonprofit and philanthropic community. To learn more about Independent Sector, please visit: independentsector.org
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, twitter.com/americanexpress and youtube.com/americanexpress.