The Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award (formerly known as the Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership Award) honors one exceptional high-impact organization that is driving a culture of population health and well-being within its community. The focus of this award is to identify an organization that is a true change agent that elevates its staff and communities in leadership, manifesting itself in an equitable approach, sustained community change, and measurable improvement in population health and well-being. An ideal organization demonstrates continuous development consistent with change leadership, engaging all voices, and co-creating with the community.  In addition, such organizations:

  • Establish systems-change for more equitable outcomes at the community level
  • Demonstrate a “leader-team-organization-community” ecosystem approach to the development of effective business practices and scaling the contribution to increased safety and improved health for the community
  • Promote community growth/engagement/development as a holistic process
  • Advocate on issues that affect the broader community

Award Logistics

Submission Guidelines

An organizational representative should review application questions and complete the online application form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. CT. Each application will be vetted by an internal leadership panel of Alliance team members and past Aramark Award winners, with Aramark selecting the winner.


Up to three finalists will be selected by the internal leadership panel for final consideration by Aramark, following phone interviews taking place Wednesday, Dec. 12 (afternoon) or Thursday, Dec. 13 (morning). Notifications will be made in December. The winner will be selected in December and publicly announced at the Alliance Senior Leadership Conference Feb. 17, 2019.


Judges will consider nominees representing Alliance member organizations in good standing that lead neighborhood-based strategies or operate community centers.

Grant and Prize Package

Sponsored by Aramark, in partnership with the Alliance, the award includes a $15,000 unrestricted grant to the winning organization, as well as an award package available to the organization’s staff that can accommodate participation in speaking opportunities and includes promotional tools, public relations and promotional support, and event registrations. Depending on the scheduling of events and available staff representation, this will include some or all the following.

Develop Change Leadership Brief

Award winner will work with the Alliance to develop a brief on best practices in effective leadership that promote the best of community center work and mission, as well as highlighting relationship with Aramark. This will take place by September 2019; the brief will be shared with the whole network.

Present at the 2019 Executive Leadership Institute

The Alliance's Executive Leadership Institute, which is held in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Ross School of Business, equips senior-level managers and executives with the knowledge and skills to oversee day-to-day operations and prepare for the future and greater systems change.  The award winner’s executive may co-present a session with Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus at the Executive Leadership Institute Monday, May 6, 2019.

Lead Workshop/Snapshot Presentation Opportunity at 2019 Alliance National Conference

The 2019 Alliance National Conference, to be held Oct. 16-18 in Indianapolis, features exceptional speakers and a variety of workshops that address key issues and trends affecting the social sector.

  • The award winner may present a 90-minute workshop related to best practices in community center work related to increasing safety and improving community health.
  • The award winner has the opportunity to present a 10-minute TED Talk-style presentation, which is meant to inspire and motivate leaders in the sector related to fulfilling mission.

Lead Workshop at 2020 Senior Leadership Conference

The 2020 Senior Leadership Conference is uniquely tailored to the networking and knowledge development needs of executives, directors, and managers at nonprofit human-serving organizations.

The award winner may present a 90-minute presentation related to best practices for impactful and effective leaders related to increased safety and improved community health.

Once the organization is selected, a final decision on the organization's participation in the various events will be decided between the Alliance and the award winner based on appropriateness and best fit for the organization. This information will be shared with Aramark.