Submit applications for the Alliance Commitments Award through the online form below by May 27. 

Applicants should review the application questions and scoring criteria below, as well as the Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations framework prior to submitting an application. The Commitments Award scoring rubric also is available.


Scoring Criteria

Award recipients will be selected based on evidence of positive impact and specific illustrations of how the organization has practiced the Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations to achieve lasting change with children, adults, families, and communities.  

For applications to be eligible for consideration: 

Section 1: All questions must be answered completely. (20 percent of the total score) 

Section 2: There are two parts to complete. Part A is worth 20 percent of the total score and Part B is worth 60 percent of the total score. Responses will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Excellent responses will provide multiple data points and examples to support the response. Narrative will use the data and examples to tell the story in a seamless fashion. The responses will clearly support the Commitment identified.
  • Good responses will provide at least one data point or example to support the response. The narrative will tell the story, but the use of data or examples may appear awkward or artificial. The responses will support the Commitment, but the relationship between the data, the story and the Commitment will be more tenuous.
  • Poor responses will not provide any data or examples to support the response. The narrative will tell the story in general, high-level narrative statements, but without data or examples to support those assertions. The responses will support the Commitment, but there will be no convincing relationship between the Commitments and the narrative.

Application Questions

Section 1 (20 percent)

  • What is your full name?
  • What is your organization?
  • What is your job title?
  • What is your email?
  • What is your phone number?
  • What is your address?
  • Who is the chief executive of your organization?
  • What is the overall target population for your organization?

Section 2 (80 percent overall)

Part A: (20 percent overall)
Answer the following questions as they relate to the program or initiative that you are submitting for consideration. 

  • Who is the target population that is positively impacted by this work?
  • How was your organization introduced to the Commitments?
  • Why did your organization select the Commitments to create impact over other models?
  • Describe the program/initiative that propelled your organization to use the Commitments?

Part B: (60 percent overall)
Identify the key Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations (max of 3) that were leveraged to achieve the positive impact.  For each commitment, respond to the following questions:

  • Why did you select this Commitment?
  • How does your organization practice this specific Commitment? (Provide specific examples of programs, operational processes, leadership, etc.)
  • How has the Commitment spread beyond the work of this program or initiative to other parts of the organization?
  • How has it helped to achieve positive impact? What would NOT have happened if you had not practiced this Commitment?

General Questions

  • What lessons did you learn as you conducted your work? These are the practical and applied learnings.
    For example, if someone were to ask you how to do the same thing within their organization, what would you tell him/her? 
  • Required: Upload supporting documents; a supportive document substantiates assertions made in the narrative that provide more extensive data or examples. (Ensure that you use redacted anonymous data)
    Examples: Test scores, survey results, financial indicators, community satisfaction, community engagement data; avoid providing annual reports or other marketing collateral