Achievement Awards Eligibility and Nomination Guidelines
To position your nominee for success, please review the following eligibility and nomination guidelines before submitting an award nomination.
- Achievement Awards submissions are for accomplishments demonstrated for at least one year prior to the time of nomination.
- The nominating nonprofit agency must be affiliated with SourceAmerica.
- The nominating nonprofit agency must be in compliance with SourceAmerica guidelines and standards.
- If a nonprofit agency won an Achievement Award in 2021 in a specific category, the agency may not submit a nomination for the the same award in that category for 2022.
- SourceAmerica Board and NCSE Executive Committee representatives and organizations are eligible to receive Achievement Awards but are ineligible for any financial prize.
- For 2022, SourceAmerica staff and leadership may also submit nominations in two categories: Business Partnership Award and Innovation Award.
How to Create a Successful Nomination
See what you need to begin:
- First, review award criteria to ensure your nomination is in the appropriate category.
- Nonprofit agencies may nominate in as many award categories as desired; however, only one nomination may be submitted per award category.
- Each submission must contain an essay (one-page, single spaced) explaining the reason(s) for nominating an exemplary employee, business partner, or nonprofit agency.
- Up to three supporting documents may also be included with each submission, such as news articles, letters of recommendation, videos, etc.
- Start and complete your nomination ahead of the submission deadline.
Tips for writing a stellar essay:
- Take a look at this sample essay before you begin to write.
- Carefully review nomination form questions and essay requirements for your award category.
- Draft an outline to guide the writing of your essay.
- Identify and collect the supporting documents you wish to submit along with your essay.
- Make your essay stand out by including specific examples of your nominee’s accomplishments, results, and impact.
- State if the nomination is for work on an AbilityOne contract.
- Use "People First" language:
- People first language defines the person before the disability.
- For example, use the term "people with disabilities", not the "disabled" or "handicapped".
- Correct spelling and grammar are appreciated by our judges.
Submit your nomination:
- Review your essay and supporting documents before you enter them into the online nomination form.
- Changes cannot be made once a nomination has been submitted, even if it's submitted before the deadline.
- After you've entered all required information, click the Submit button and you'll receive a confirmation of your submission.
- Should you not receive a confirmation, please email AchievementAwards@SourceAmerica.org.