Apply for the Prize

In 2011, the Collaboration Prize will award a total of $250,000 to the collaborations that best exemplify the impact that can result from working together. Each of the eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the winner will receive an additional $150,000.
Online applications will be available beginning June 1, 2010.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the 2011 Collaboration Prize:
The collaboration must have been formed between/among two or more nonprofit organizations (a government entity, including a public agency, may be a member of the collaboration);
Parties to the collaboration must have executed a written formal agreement that is enduring and that addresses the management and operation of the collaboration;

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Through that agreement, parties to the collaboration must either assign responsibility for program or administrative decision making and authority;
The collaboration must have been in operation for at least 18 months, as evidenced by both the date on which the agreement governing the collaboration was signed and the period over which activities have been conducted by the collaboration; and
The parties to the collaboration must be located in the United States, and the majority of the activities of the collaboration must be located in the United States.
All collaborations nominated for the 2009 Collaboration Prize, with the exception of the eight finalists, are eligible to apply for the 2011 Prize.

Criteria
Each collaboration will be judged on the extent to which the collaboration:
demonstrates improved effectiveness in achieving social good,
more effectively uses human and financial resources,
represents an innovative response to a specific challenge or opportunity, and
exhibits characteristics that would demonstrate that the collaboration is a field, sector, or community model.

Selection process
The Collaboration Prize features a multi-layered approach to selecting winners for the 2011 Prize. The process is designed to include input from members of the nonprofit community and expert involvement for choosing the finalists and winner.

All applications will be reviewed for eligibility, with eligible applications scored by La Piana Consulting. The top 90 scoring applicants will be reviewed and scored by members of the AIM Alliance to identify the top 20, which will be finalized by the Lodestar Foundation and La Piana Consulting. In late fall 2010, the Final Selection Panel will choose the eight finalists and site visits will be scheduled with all finalists. The 2011 Prize winner will be chosen by the Final Selection Panel.

Key dates leading to the awarding of the 2011 Collaboration Prize:
June 1
Application period opens

July 16
Application period closes

October 27
Semi-finalists (top 20 collaborations) announced

November 8
Final Selection Panel review of semi-finalists begins

December 8
Final Selection Panel review of semi-finalists ends

January 7
Finalists announced

April 1
Winner of the 2011 Collaboration Prize announced

The Collaboration Prize winner and finalists will be announced in April 2011.