Nominations Open for American Express NGen Leadership Award
Independent Sector

May, 2010

Independent Sector and American Express announce a new award to recognize an extraordinary under-40 nonprofit leader.

The American Express NGen Leadership Award will honor a nonprofit professional who has had a transformative impact on addressing a critical issue in society. By recognizing the individual’s contributions, this award also calls attention to the promise and impact of emerging leaders. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, June 14 and self-nomination is not admissible for this award.

“The American Express NGen Award highlights the talents and acheivements of under-40 leaders in communities, organizations, and the sector at large,” said Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector “We hope that recognizing one outstanding leader will inspire others to create positive, sustainable change.”

This award extends Independent Sector’s commitment to encouraging emerging leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic community.  Among IS signature programs is NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now, a special series of professional development sessions for nonprofit professionals under 40 taking place at each year’s Independent Sector Annual Conference. NGen has also expanded to include the American Express NGen Fellows program, which provides an accomplished and diverse group of 12 emerging leaders with exceptional opportunities to hone their leadership skills, strengthen their professional networks, and develop a collaborative project focused on issues important to young leaders.

“American Express appreciates the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation.  “Our support of the American Express NGen Leadership Award extends our commitment to strengthening the nonprofit sector by shining a light on leaders who are tackling important societal issues."

Nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee of nonprofit leaders. Finalists will be asked to submit answers to brief essay questions and those responses will be posted on the IS website for public voting by NGen program participants. These results will be incorporated into the committee’s decision.

To be eligible for the award, a leader must work for a U.S.-based nonprofit or non-governmental organization and have had a transformative, measurable impact within his or her field, beyond just one organization. The winner of the NGen Leadership Award will be announced in late August, and will be recognized during the IS Annual Conference in Atlanta, October 20-22.

Nominations of an outstanding under-40 nonprofit leader can be made at:

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