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644 nominations were received in the inaugural year of the Prize. The nominations were reviewed by La Piana Associates, a national consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations become stronger and more effective through collaboration. 173 nominations were selected for further review using a detailed scoring rubric.
The 120 nominations receiving the highest scores were selected as quarter-finalists. The quarterfinalists were reviewed and scored by the AIM Alliance, a collaboration among The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and The Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University (Michigan). Each Center utilized the same scoring criteria in determining those nominations that would move to the next step in the process.
30 top scoring nominations were selected as semi-finalists. The semi-finalists were reviewed and scored by the Final Selection Panel, which was chaired by Sterling Speirn, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and included representatives of both the nonprofit and for-profit sector.
8 nominations were selected as finalists. Site visits to each of the finalists were conducted by La Piana Associates and the AIM Alliance. The site visits were designed to verify information in the nomination and to develop a deeper understanding of the value of the collaboration as a model, the quality of the collaborative relationships, and the community impact of the collaboration.
With additional information gathered in the site visits, the Final Selection Panel scored the finalists. Through this rigorous process, the winners of The Collaboration Prize were selected. These winners represent the “best of the best” – an exemplary model for the sector.
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