25 years of planning events and volunteering on Boards, means I have worked on dozens of awards events, from single honoree and mulitple honorees to others with a hundred nominations/entries or more. Regarding the latter kind, in addition to the recent engagement with CFA, I've been involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Capital Philanthropy Day and Montgomery Community Media's Monty's Awards.
If you are planning an Awards program with nomination entries here are some questions that need to be answered:
- Who will set the categories and critierias?
- Who will judge?
- Will you use an awards platform or a manual system for judging?
- What marketing will you implement to ensure a good number of entries?
- How will the winners be acknowleged/celebrated?
These are just a few things to consider. There are quite a few others. Contact us for assistance with your next awards program or event.