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KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year Award

Award Summary:

The KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year award recognizes a board member who shows exemplary leadership, commitment, and advocacy in his or her role on a nonprofit board, especially in times of increased stress and crisis.

Finalists Awards:

An award of $5,000 will be presented to the winner for their organization and $1,000 each will be awarded to two finalists for their organizations at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence Awards.

Requirements for the Board Member of the Year Award:

  • Must be an organization that has been a 501(c)(3) for at least three years and is a member of CNM providing significant services to residents of Middle Tennessee.
  • Local chapters of national organizations may apply, provided the chapters are locally managed and have financial information available on a local basis.
  • Board members should be actively serving at the time of submission.

Previous Winners and Finalists:

  • Previous winners of this award are not eligible to reapply for three years. (For example, if the agency was a winner in 2022, the agency is eligible to re-apply in 2025.)
  • Previous finalists may reapply, but not for this award for one year. (For example, if the agency was a finalist in 2022, the agency is eligible to re-apply for this award in 2024.)


CNM believes in creating an equitable, connected community. We aspire to be a brave, inclusive, collaborative space for nonprofits, their partners, and the communities they serve. If applicable, we encourage responses that reflect how diversity, equity and inclusion may have informed your nominee’s approach to board service.

Thank you for taking the time to share this nomination – we look forward to learning about your exceptional nominee!

  1. How has the nominee contributed to the mission of the organization? With specific examples, describe the nominee’s recent dedication and commitment to fulfilling the organization’s mission. (Limit response to 200 words.)
  2. How does the nominee inspire and motivate board members, staff, and volunteers? What specific actions did the nominee take to strengthen the board? Give specific examples as applicable. (Limit response to 200 words.)
  3. How has the nominee served as an advocate or champion for the organization? Give specific examples as applicable. (Limit response to 200 words.)
  4. How long has the nominee served on the organization’s board? In what positions has he or she served?  (Limit response to 200 words.)
  5. Please attach a one-page resume of the nominee.