Drucker Prize

Welcome to The Drucker Prize. The 10 finalists for the 2016 Drucker Prize have been announced.

We have also released to the entire social sector all of the content from the 2016 Drucker Prize learning platform: readings featuring the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker; videos showcasing insights from some of today’s top thinkers on management and leadership; and other resources. All of this material is now available here for free to any interested organization.

The winner of The Drucker Prize will be announced on September 30.

The 2017 application will open in April 2017. In the meantime, learn more about The Drucker Prize below.

2016 marked a bold new direction for the program, which for the previous 24 years was called the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.

To be sure, some things stayed the same, including the awarding of $100,000 to the nonprofit organization that is deemed to best meet Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

What is different this year is that The Drucker Prize offered nonprofits an additional, invaluable resource: a host of practical insights to help them become more innovative and more effective.

Indeed, The Drucker Prize has been turned into a resource-rich learning platform—one that blends the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker with the thinking of some of today’s brightest management minds.

The Drucker Prize unfolded in two rounds. The first was open to any 501-c-3.

The second round was open to 50 semifinalists, who were notified on July 25 that they were eligible to move to the next part of the prize process. Leaders of those organizations had the opportunity—online and at their own pace—to dive into specially designed mini-courses covering key aspects of innovation and nonprofit performance.

As they soaked in this material—delivered by some of today’s top management thinkers—they were directed to answer a set of final questions that explored not only how well their organizations already engage in some of these practices, but what’s a new thing that they learned, and how they might apply this new knowledge going forward.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have additional questions, please contact Laura Roach at [email protected] or 909-607-7367.

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