Indiana Achievement Awards

The Robert K. Greenleaf Center is pleased to serve as the new host of the Indiana Achievement Awards.

The Indiana Achievement Awards recognize Indiana’s nonprofits for exemplary practices and demonstrated effectiveness. Created by the Sycamore Foundation in 1999, the Indiana Achievement Awards continue to identify, recognize and reward effective nonprofits for their outstanding work. In 2012, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Solution Center passed the stewardship of the awards to the Greenleaf Center.

Award nominees are judged by a coalition of Indiana foundation, nonprofit and business leaders for the organizations’ ability to demonstrate highly effective and high-impact practices. Each award winner receives unrestricted cash grant and a professionally produced organizational video to help tell its story.  Applications were due in early March.

IAA winnersIndiana Achievement Award winners were honored during the course of the Greenleaf Center’s 23rd Annual International Conference, June 12-14, 2013, at the Sheraton City Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana.

There is no doubt that the top organizations in all fields embrace the principles and practices of servant leadership. Hosting the Indiana Achievement Awards gives the Greenleaf Center the opportunity to hold up the most impactful nonprofits so others can learn from them. The Greenleaf Center’s international scope will allow it to shine a spotlight on winning organizations for all the world to see.

“We are very thankful for the support the IUPUI Solution Center provided as host to the program in 2010 and 2011,” said Jim Dodson of the Sycamore Foundation and founder of the Awards. “We are glad that the Solution Center will continue to be involved with the Indiana Achievement Awards going forward. And of course, we are very pleased at the good things ahead for the Indiana Achievement Awards with the Greenleaf Center as new host.”

In coming years, the Greenleaf Center intends to build on the basis of the Indiana Achievement Awards and help duplicate the program in other states and countries.  We welcome inquiries from prospective partners who may be interested in creating this type of program.

2013 Award Recipients

These organizations were honored as the 2013 IAA recipients:


Exemplary Practices Webinars

The Greenleaf Center now hosts a quarterly webinar series to share the best practices of nonprofit leadership and management demonstrated by the Indiana Achievement Award winners.

The first “Exemplary Practices” session focused on governance and showcases Peace Learning Center’s practices in board recruitment, on-boarding and how its board uses consensus-building to advance its mission.

The second session will focus on strategy development and strategic planning.  It is scheduled for January 21, 2014, and will be broadcast at 2:00 PM EDT.  Register is free and available here.