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Nonprofit Innovation Awards

Event Date: May 19 

Nonprofit Innovation Awards honors local 501(c)(3) organizations that work to improve Central PA in pioneering new ways.

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Nonprofit Innovation Awards.

Award Categories

Branding Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign


Management Operations

Nonprofit Leadership Excellence



For more information, contact our Events Team at [email protected]

To be eligible, the organization or executive must meet all of the following requirements:
1) Organization is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.

2) Organization is located in and serves at least one of the following counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and/or York county.

3) Innovation was implemented no earlier than January 1, 2017 (For executive category, individual must have been in his/her current position for three years).

4) May not be the company of a sponsor or judge.

5)  Please note: Statewide nonprofit organizations are NOT eligible as this is a recognition program for the Central PA region only.

Nominations close, February 12, 2022.

Cost: $10

2022 Nonprofit Innovation Awards Nomination

  • Please list the organization's email address, not the email address of the individual filling out the form.
  • Nomination Cost: $10

  • American Express
    Supported Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


Do the winning organizations have to say something?

Winners do not speak live during the event, but will be contacted to be profiled in a multi-media video that will be aired during the event. 

My organization is a Nonprofit Innovation award winner, what now? 

Sit tight, a member of our team will contact you soon with any additional details.

If I’m a winner, do I need to purchase a ticket?

You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself as an honoree. All other attendees must purchase a ticket. Sponsorship packages are available to purchase for those wanting large groups of tickets and additional benefits.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

The Nonprofit Innovation award program is supported through sponsorships. The ads you see in the magazine are part of the sponsorship packages. Please email [email protected] for sponsorship questions or opportunities.

I bought a ticket but I don’t see it? 

Tickets will be sent to you and everyone who registers the day before and the day of the event via email. 

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work.

Contact [email protected] if you have any issues. 


“I really appreciate the balance that was represented in the nominations and the awards of the nonprofits.  There were churches, ministries and LGBTQ+ organizations–Leaders that don’t do it for the money but to serve the communities that they love and about which they are passionate.” – Michael J. Burns, director, Join Hands Ministry

Awards Categories:

Branding Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign

This category recognizes nonprofits that utilize unique and innovative marketing concepts to attract financial support, volunteers and/or clients.


This category recognizes an innovative collaborative effort between a nonprofit and another organization to accomplish a common goal that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to achieve.

Management Operations

This category recognizes innovation in organizational operations that have resulted in their increased success of their mission.

Nonprofit Leadership Excellence

This category recognizes an innovative nonprofit leader whose accomplishments have advanced his/her organization and positively impacted the community.


This category recognizes innovative programming that has resulted in the organization’s increased success in achievement of their mission.

2021 Honorees

Branding Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign

Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area

Downtown Inc and the York County Economic Alliance

Lancaster LGBTQ + Coalition


The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region

York County Libraries



Children’s Aid Society – York C.A.R.E.S

Dauphin County Library System

Tenfold (formerly Tabor/LHOP)

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Management Operations

Catholic Harvest Food Pantry

Cultural Alliance of York County

Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg

Leg Up Farm

Nonprofit Leadership Excellence

Michael Burns Join Hands Ministry

Kelly Gollick CONTACT Helpline

Maggie Lattin Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg

Mitch Nugent Prima Theatre

Ralph Rodriguez All You Can Inc.


Destination Carlisle, Inc

Family First Health Corp

HANNA’s Pantry, administered by the HANNA Foundation

Junior Achievement of South Central PA

YMCA of York and York County

YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County