Innovative Practices Award

Through its Innovative Practices Award, COA spotlights the inspirational efforts of organizations — their staff, board, volunteers, and partners — who bring lasting change to lives of vulnerable individuals. As an accredited organization or program, we know you are continuously working to improve your services using innovative practices that uniquely meet the needs of your clients and employing distinctive methods for increasing organizational capacity. 

Call for Submissions

Every spring/summer, we seek competitive submissions for the Innovative Practices Award (IPA). Through the IPA, we ask our accredited and in-process organizations to share their successful strategies to serve as resources for direct service providers, leaders, researchers, and advocates across the full spectrum of human services.

Round One
June 5 - July 8

Round Two
July 30 - August 30
This round is for selected finalists only 

Winner Benefits

Winners will receive national visibility, and will be announced in time for promotion during the year-end fundraising season. Winners will receive the following benefits:

  • Showcase on COA’s website, newsletter, and social media platforms
  • Guest article on COA’s blog 
  • Webinar presentation
  • Special IPA Winner logo for your website and marketing collateral 
  • IPA Plaque
  • Presence at COA’s next conference 

Application and Eligibility

Submissions are accepted from organizations currently accredited or undergoing Private, Public, Canadian, Military Family Readiness, and Child and Youth Development accreditation. Click here for eligibility guidelines.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

The Village for Families & Children, Inc.

Galo A. Rodriguez, M.P.H., President & CEO

COA Peer Reviewers demonstrated their expertise through their knowledge of COA standards as well as experience in the behavioral health field. In addition, COA’s seminars and tools were very helpful in guiding us through the accreditation process.
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