ANNOUNCING: 2019 Drucker Prize Top Ten Finalists

Today, we announce the ten finalists for the 2019 Drucker Prize. The winning nonprofit organization, to be announced on October 1st, will receive $100,000.

We will also release to the entire social sector all of the content from The Drucker Prize learning platform, including readings featuring the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker and video insights from some of today’s top minds in nonprofit management and leadership. All of this material is now available for free to any interested organization.

The finalists for the 2019 Drucker Prize are:

  • Asante Africa Foundation, for its Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship program, which educates and empowers the next generation of African leaders.
  • Field Ready, for its efforts to provide locally manufactured aid supplies to make humanitarian aid delivery faster, cheaper and better.
  • Kupona Foundation, for its efforts to end maternal and newborn deaths in Tanzania by strengthening the maternal healthcare system.
  • LIMBS International, for its Project Mobility program to transform the lives of amputees through community engagement and with affordable, sustainable prosthetic solutions.
  • Medair, for its geographic information systems mapping program to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees living in informal settlements in Lebanon.
  • mothers2mothers, for its Mentor Mother Model, which empowers mothers living with HIV as role models helpingother women and their families access essential services and medical care.
  • One Heart Worldwide, for its efforts to end preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth worldwidethrough its Network of Safety model.
  • OneJustice, for its Justice Bus program which brings life-changing legal help to rural and isolated communities throughout California.
  • The Financial Clinic, for creating Change Machine, the online financial coaching platform that builds financial security for working poor Americans.
  • Village Enterprise, for its Graduation Program which equips people living in extreme poverty in rural Africa to start sustainable businesses and savings groups.

These ten finalists were selected from a group of 50 semifinalists, who had themselves been chosen from among 403 first-round applicants. Leaders from these 50 organizations were invited to complete a series of mini-courses on The Drucker Prize learning platform, exploring different aspects of innovation and organizational effectiveness. Each semifinalist then shared, in the second round of their application, how they might pilot or put into practice any new ideas they learned.

“The 2019 finalists for The Drucker Prize demonstrate through their work the boundless innovative opportunities for organizations of all kinds,” said Zach First, the Drucker Institute’s executive director. “These nonprofits have created new dimensions of performance for customers across four continents, using annual budgets that range from less than $250,000 to more than $10 million. As Peter Drucker emphasized, innovation is everyone’s responsibility.”

In addition to First, the final judges for the 2019 Drucker Prize are: Brian Bender, co-chair of nonprofit practice at S.R. Snodgrass, P.C.; Cecily Drucker, member of the Drucker Institute’s Board of Advisors; Sumita Dutta, managing director at Golden Seeds; Patricia Easton, executive vice president and provost of Claremont Graduate University; Jane Nelson, board member of Leadership Network; Susan O’Malley, director at IDEO CoLab; and C. William Pollard, chairman emeritus of ServiceMaster Co. and an emeritus member of the Drucker Institute’s Board of Advisors.