The Drucker Institute is an organization based at Claremont Graduate University. Its mission is “strengthening organizations to strengthen society.” Their work is based on the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker, an Austrian-born American management expert, author, and educator who is widely considered to be “the founder of modern management.” The Institute has announced the opening of the 2017 Drucker Prize and is encouraging U.S.-based nonprofits to apply. The competition, which comes with a $100,000 cash award, is being driven by the Skild contest management system.
You can find the prize application on the Drucker Institute website, http://www.Drucker.Institute/nonprofits/. Submissions are being accepted now, with a deadline of Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
History of the Drucker Prize
Formerly known as the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, the Drucker Prize is in its 26th year. It looks to recognize the nonprofit that best meets Peter Drucker’s own definition of innovation, which is “Change that creates a new dimension of performance.” Drucker had an affinity for nonprofits, calling them “America’s most distinctive institution.”
The primary judging criteria for the prize are that the winning program:
- Is highly effective
- Has made a positive difference in the lives of the people it serves
- Demonstrates the ability to advance further through innovation
ImproveCareNow Network, the winner of the 2016 Drucker Prize, submitted as their idea a creative approach to advancing healthcare by creating a program that enables patients, families, clinicians and researchers to share ideas and input focused on improving outcomes for young Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients.
More than Just Cash
While the cash prize offered for the Drucker Prize is enticing, timeless wisdom from Peter Drucker is available on the organization’s learning platform first to each year’s 50 semifinalists. This includes a variety of specially designed mini-courses on critical areas of nonprofit performance and innovation. When the 10 finalists are announced, this valuable information will be made available to all applicants.
Proud to Power the Drucker Prize
Skild is honored to be the contest management software behind the Drucker Prize. And we think it’s great that the competition not only rewards the top entry with $100,000 but also provides everyone involved with something just as valuable in the long run: knowledge that guides ongoing innovation.