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Excellence in Governance Award
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This award is given to voluntary leaders who have served with distinction on the governing board of a LeadingAge North Carolina member organization and thereby made an outstanding contribution to the well-being of seniors, to the employees who serve them, and to the organization’s nonprofit mission.

Eligible Nominees

Past or present members of the governing board of a member community

Qualifying Criteria

  • A visionary leader who has, as a member of the governing board, advanced the mission of the member community
  • A significant contributor of time, effort, and expertise
  • Exceptional service beyond the call of duty
  • A history of personally significant financial contributions, or an exceptional act of philanthropy through which the mission of the organization has been advanced
  • Demonstrated expertise in and openness to best practices in nonprofit governance
  • Outstanding leadership in achieving specific goals and objectives of the member organization


Nominations will be accepted only through the online Awards Nomination form. You may download the Awards Program Brochure here. Nominations are due by February 28, 2020.


  • Name and contact information of nominee
  • Name of award
  • Name and contact information of person submitting nomination
  • One-page description (in PDF) of nominee’s qualifications as specified under each award category
  • Three to five photos of the nominee to be used in awards slideshow if selected

Tips for Writing a Nomination

  • Be clear, specific, and as concise as possible.
  • Speak from the heart without worrying too much about the quality of the writing. Use bullets whenever possible.
  • Provide concrete examples of what is meritorious about your nominee.
  • Include measurable results when possible.
  • Remember that effort and risk taking may also be award-worthy even if the results were not those originally envisioned.

Use the Qualifying Criteria provided for each award to focus your thoughts on the merits of your nominee. Feel free to insert points not set out in the Qualifying Criteria that you believe further commend your nominee for recognition.

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