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. The timeline for submissions and voting generally takes place during these dates.

Round One
June 6 - July 16

Round Two
July 20 - 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. The submission procedures, timeline, and guidelines are sent out in June each year.

Award Winners

View past award winners listed by season.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Catholic Charities alleviates human suffering and improves the quality of life of 100,000 people annually, regardless of religious background. A staff of 600 provides support and services related to housing, food, mental health, children's services, addiction treatment, and domestic violence services.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Joint Base Charleston School Age Program

Paula B. Matthews, School Age Program Coordinator

Preparing for our after school accreditation was an awesome and very valuable learning experience for the Child and Youth Professionals at Charleston Air Force Base. Becoming familiar with and understanding the After School standards was a breeze because of the training webinars and the great customer service we received from all of the COA staff. Thank you for supporting our military families.
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