The Minnesota Nonprofit Awards for Mission and Excellence


Nonprofit organizations make outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s high quality of life. The Minnesota Nonprofit Awards honor these contributions by annually recognizing six organizations in the areas of Innovation, Anti-Racism Initiative, Advocacy, Responsive Philanthropy and Excellence (two organizations recognized).  The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits sponsor these awards.

Award recipients receive:

  • The honor of being recognized as a leader among Minnesota’s nonprofits
  • A video capturing the organization’s work, and an award logo
  • An art glass award (handmade by Minnesota Glass Artist Robinson Scott)
  • A feature profile of your organization in MCN’s Nonprofit News reaching 12,000 nonprofit managers
  • A small cash award (for all recipients except for Responsive Philanthropy recipient)

For More Information, follow these links:

Excellence Awards


Anti-Racism Initiative


Responsive Philanthropy

Honored in 2016

Wayside House, Excellence

Aeon, Innovation

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Advocacy

Page Education Foundation, Anti-Racism Initiative

Minnesota Initiative Foundations, Responsive Philanthropy.

Honored in 2015

People Incorporated, Excellence

Washburn Center for Children, Innovation

Opportunity Partners, Advocacy

Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Anti-Racism Initiative

Open  Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, Responsive Philanthropy

Honored in 2014

YouthCARE, Excellence Award for a small organization

CommonBond Communities, Excellence Award for a large organization

the 5% Campaign, Advocacy

CLIMB Theatre, Anti-Racism Initiative

Conflict Resolution Center, Innovation

PFund Foundation, Responsive Philanthropy

See Previous Years Winners