Announcing: Top 10 Finalists for the 2018 Drucker Prize

Today we named the 10 finalists for the 2018 Drucker Prize. The winning nonprofit organization, to be announced on October 1, will receive $100,000.

We also released 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 2018 Drucker Prize are:

  • DataKind, for the Six Components of Successful AI for Good Projects framework that helps nonprofit organizations harness the power of data science.
  • Interise, for the Streetwise MBA that creates professional development opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs.
  • LA Family Housing, for the Rental Assistance Calculation Tool that more effectively matches aid with demonstrated need.
  • mothers2mothers, for the Mentor Mother Model that reduces mother-to-child HIV transmission.
  • myAgro, for the Mobile Layaway for Smallholder Famers financial planning and education model.
  • Operation ASHA, for its community-based and e-compliance-enabled approach to eradicating tuberculosis.
  • YMCA of the USA, for its community-based preventive approach to reducing the prevalence of diabetes.

These ten finalists were selected from a group of 50 semifinalists, who had themselves been chosen from among the 509 first-round applicants. Leaders from the 50 semifinalists 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 a second round of their application, how they might pilot or put to use any new ideas they learned.

“The 2018 finalists for The Drucker Prize range from tiny startups to mature, large enterprises,” said Zach First, the Drucker Institute’s executive director. “Collectively, they demonstrate that a healthy society depends on innovation from nonprofits of every shape, size and mission.”

In addition to First, the final judges for the 2018 Drucker Prize are: Ayo Atterberry, senior associate at The Annie E. Casey Foundation; 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; Flip Flippen, founder of Flippen Group and member of the Drucker Institute Board of Advisors; Jane Nelson, board member of Leadership Network; C. William Pollard, chairman emeritus of ServiceMaster Co. and an emeritus member of the Drucker Institute’s Board of Advisors; Charles Somerville, Ph.D. candidate in Applied Social Psychology at Claremont Graduate University; and Jocelyn Wyatt, co-founder and executive director of