Drucker Nonprofit

The $100,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is given each fall to a nonprofit organization that best demonstrates Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” It was launched in 1991 by Peter Drucker himself, and is generously supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.

The 2015 Drucker Award winner is Kids V Cancer. The judges recognized Kids v Cancer for its pioneering work in creating a program that expedites therapies for rare pediatric diseases.


The 2016 application will be available on April 1, 2016.



“In the years ahead, America’s nonprofits will become even more important,” Drucker said. “As government retrenches, Americans will look increasingly to the nonprofits to tackle the problems of a fast-changing society. These challenges will demand innovation—in services, and in nonprofit management. The purpose of the annual Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is to find the innovators, whether small or large; to recognize and celebrate their example; and to inspire others.”

Over time, meanwhile, the application process has become a powerful tool in and of itself. By applying for the award, you will receive knowledge and tools to become a more Drucker-like organization in terms of innovation and beyond.

In this way, the Drucker Award fits firmly on on our YESTERDAY/TODAY/MONDAY* foundation. “Yesterday” refers to the fact that all of our work is grounded in Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom. “Today” speaks to the urgency that we know organizational leaders feel to successfully meet their greatest challenges and opportunities. And “Monday” points to our proven ability to help people move quickly from ideas to action to results, just as Drucker urged his own consulting clients: “Don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different.”

Along the way, you will also benefit from another of our strengths: our work with organizations across all sectors. This scope allows us to glean—and share—insights not only from a wide range of nonprofits but from corporations and government agencies, as well.

For more information, please contact Jamie Jones, senior program manager, at [email protected] or 909-607-9212.


— 2014 HopeLab
— 2013 Project RED, Boston Medical Center
— 2012 I AM A STAR, American Refugee Committee
— 2011 Direct Relief International
— 2010 Safe Families for Children, Lydia Home Association
— 2009 Center for Court Innovation
— 1991-2008: 2008 KickStart International; 2007 Brooklyn Workforce Innovations; 2006 United Through Reading; 2005 The Landscape Bank, Keep Alachua County Beautiful; 2004 Wheel Get There, Minnesota Valley Action Council; 2003 River Falls First Responders; 2002 Crafts with Conviction, Crayons to Computers; 2001 The Eloy Model, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project; 2000 Peer Educator Training Program, SAGE Project; 1999 California Transportation Training Institute, California Emergency Foodlink; 1998 Times Square Jobs Training Program, Common Ground Community; 1997 Computer Clubhouse, The Computer Museum; 1996 Second Family Program, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; 1995 ECO-O.K. Banana Project, Rainforest Alliance; 1994 Community Schools, Children’s Aid Society; 1993 Project Teamwork, Center for Study of Sport in Society; 1992 Parish Partnership Transitional Housing Program, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri; 1991 Living in Family Environments, Judson Center