NEW YORK CITY IMAGINE AWARDS ELIGIBILITY

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
The Edison Ballroom
240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
6pm – 10pm
Tickets $300 | Nonprofit $150

APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021

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THE INAUGURAL NEW YORK CITY IMAGINE AWARDS

To be eligible, the organization or executive must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Must significantly service New York City (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island) communities.
  • Must be innovative in operations, activities, etc.

The application process is EASY and as follows: Applicant organizations may apply to multiple categories. After the organization completes and submits the online application, it will be reviewed by the selection committee in mid-June. If selected to move forward to the semi-finalist round, a member of the organization’s staff or volunteer board will meet with a member of the selection committee who will submit a summary of the interview and the application to the anonymous judging panel. The judges will then select the 20 finalist organizations from this pool of semi-finalists. The finalists are notified near the end of July and scheduled to tape their video between then and end of September.

The deadline to submit online nominations is Monday, May 10, 2021. All applicants will receive an email in early June, informing them whether they have advanced to the semi-finalist round of the review process. All nominees that advance will be announced publicly and will then be scheduled for interviews and tours by the Event Committee to take place by mid-June, 2021. After the interviews are completed, the Event Committee will advance the names of the semi-finalists to the judging panel, who will select the 20 finalists, and later, the five final winners. Finalists may be asked to meet and work with our video production team between July 1st and September 30th.

By applying, the organization agrees to respond to all email inquiries and coordinate with the Event Committee to be interviewed. If selected, the organization agrees to timely coordinate with our video production team and sign appropriate legal waivers, etc.

IMPORTANT TIP: The strongest applications are from those organizations whose staff, board, and volunteers have discussed each category prior to completing their applications. This means identifying and placing a focus on what each category being applied for is seeking to recognize, instead of relying on boilerplates. Winning applicants will truly exemplify the ethos of the NYC Imagine Awards in that the application will express how the organization is genuinely different from its peers in its respective category.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Rising Star NYC Imagine Award
Aetna Rising Star Award
This award will recognize a nonprofit generating under $5 million in revenue for its outstanding innovation, impact, and achievements in meeting its mission. The award will be given to an organization who demonstrates an outstanding record of sustained achievement, has successfully demonstrated successful financial performance, and has built a reputation for excellence within the community.
NYC Imagine Leadership Excellence Award Photo
Alliant Leadership Excellence Award
This award recognizes an exemplary nonprofit leader (who may be an Executive Director, board member, staff member, volunteer, etc.) whose accomplishments have advanced his/her organization. The leader must work in and reside in any of the 5 New York City boroughs. This is not about traditional volunteering, directors, or funding, but focuses on innovation in driving organizational change and social impact.
NYC Imagine Social Impact Award Image
Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award
This award will be given to a nonprofit that measures success not just by meeting its mission, but by affecting the surrounding community. Impact goes beyond the number of children served, shelters provided, and mouths fed. Impact looks at how the organization impacted the New York City community as a whole, and how the results have been measured.
NYC Arts & Culture Award Image
Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Arts & Culture Award
This award is available to any arts and/or cultural organization that has had a significant impact in New York City. This includes organizations that have had a significant, measurable impact on their community, developed new and/or innovative programming, developed effective fee-generating programs, or have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their artistic and/or cultural field.
NYC Imagine Innovation Award Photo
Innovation Award
This nonprofit has been innovative in adopting new platforms that have led to a significant increase in the organization’s ability to meet its mission. This could include the implementation of technology that enables the organization to achieve cost savings and better communication; a strategic approach to fundraising; a unique and effective public relations campaign; etc.

INTERESTED IN
BECOMING A JUDGE?

APPLY USING THE LINK BELOW FOR CONSIDERATION. 

APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 10, 2021 

NEED HELP FILLING OUT YOUR APPLICATION?

Check out this video Ken created to give you some tips on completing your application!

**NOTE: There may be some differences between the applications in this video and your application. This video was made for the Long Island Imagine Awards.