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2009 Donner Awards

The 2009 Donner Awards application season is now open. The deadline date for submissions is Thursday, May 28, 2009.

The Donner Awards Program is Canada's largest and most prestigious non-profit recognition program. It has three main goals:

  1. To recognize and reward excellence in social service provision by Canadian non-profit organizations.
  2. To assist non-profits in their pursuit of excellence by providing them with important performance information.
  3. To raise public awareness about their important contribution to Canadian civil society.

The Donner Awards Program serves to encourage the spirit of initiative and independence, and represents an important step forward in the development of an objective, quantifiable system for measuring non-profit performance.
A total of $70,000 is available to be won. Nine awards, valued at $5,000 each, are presented in the following categories: Alternative Education, Counselling Services, Crisis Intervention, Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, Provision of Basic Necessities, Services for Children, Services for People with Disabilities, Services for Seniors, and Traditional Education .

The prestigious William H. Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, valued at $20,000, is presented to the organization that exhibits the highest level of excellence among the category award recipients in its delivery of social services.

In addition, the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management, launched in 2004, is presented to a non-profit organization whose consistent record of excellence and innovation in management and service delivery reflects the philosophy of Peter F. Drucker, the founding father of the study of modern management.

For more information and application instructions, please visit