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January 24, 2020

Kaleidoscope Award 2

Each year, The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego recognizes organizations that demonstrate what strong nonprofit governance looks like through the USD Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance. Good boards are groups of dedicated volunteers who understand which lens to apply at any given time in order to provide leadership that enhances an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.

This year’s Kaleidoscope awards winners are the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter. The award was presented during the opening plenary session at The Nonprofit Institute’s 16th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium: “Governance 2020: To Infinity and Beyond—Launching the Next Decade of Governance.”

5 people on stage accepting award

“It was my distinct honor to accept the Kaleidoscope Award on behalf of our San Diego Workforce Development Board,” said Kaiser Permanente San Diego COO and Workforce Development Board Chair Sammy Totah. “The award is a milestone that validates the journey over the last several years to achieve a high level of rigor, and recognizes the talent and diversity that we possess on our current board.”

“San Diego Workforce Partnership’s steadfast commitment to empower residents and businesses serves as a model for other nonprofits with a similar mission to positively impact the community,” said San Diego City Council President Pro Tem and Workforce Partnership Policy Board Chair Barbara Bry. “This is a well-earned award and the Workforce Partnership is very deserving of being recognized for the work that they do on a daily basis.”

Why Good Nonprofit Governance Matters

Plenary speakers Bina M. Patel, CEO of Saathi Impact, and Rusty Stahl, Founder, President and CEO of Fund the People, kicked off the conference by explaining how governing well is essential for strong nonprofits working efficiently and effectively to address the critical needs in our communities. The fiduciary, strategic and generative modes of governance—and how we can use these modes to catapult organizations into a new era of leadership—was a central focus.

Nonprofit boards play a pivotal role in ensuring organizations’ ability to effectively fulfill their missions for social good. Our communities are deeply enriched by the work San Diego’s nonprofits do in providing compassionate, ethical service to make the world a better place.

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A Community Call to Action

Good governance creates strong, accountable and impactful nonprofits, leading to positive change for our entire region. The Kaleidoscope Award recognizes that role in hopes of inspiring more people to volunteer on local boards. According to research shared at the conference, nonprofits value heart and passion over fundraising, title or experience—everyone can be a board member. Community members are encouraged to consider what their own board service may look like in 2020 and beyond.

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