The Center for Nonprofit Advancement and The Washington Post are pleased to announce the five finalists for The Washington Post 2012 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. In its 18th year, the award continues to recognize outstanding achievement in nonprofit management by Greater Washington-area nonprofit organizations.

Finalists for the 2012 Post Award include:

• Bread for the City of Washington, D.C.

• Byte Back of Washington, D.C.

• Community of Hope of Washington, D.C.

• Imagination Stage of Bethesda, Md.

• Young Playwrights’ Theater of Washington, D.C.

Each finalist organization will participate in the Center’s annual Best Practices Celebration on Thursday, May 24 at The Washington Post. The 2012 Award winner will be announced for the first time during the event.

“The nonprofit sector is even stronger today, thanks to our commitment to excellence in nonprofit management,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “The best practices, templates and tangible management resources gleaned from our finalists will inspire and guide many organizations into the future. We look forward to sharing these with the community during the 2012 Best Practices Celebration.”

“This award becomes more meaningful each year because we continue to grow the impressive compendium of best practices that has been built over the years,” said Steve Hills, President and General Manager of The Washington Post. “We are pleased that after 18 years this award still sparks such a rich dialogue around nonprofit management.”

The winning organization will receive a $10,000 grant and a scholarship for one person to attend the Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program. Up to four honorable mentions will each be presented with a $2,500 grant.

The award winner is selected through a three-step judging process including a two-part written application and a site visit.  The Washington Post Award Selection Committee is an all-volunteer committee selected by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

The Award Selection Committee judges applicant organizations in the areas of fiscal management, information and communication, organizational development, people development, planning, resource development, risk management, and use of technology.

This award is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, sponsored by The Washington Post, with additional support by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's Benefits Trust and Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s Nonprofit Executive Certificate Program.