Drucker Institute Names 2019 Drucker Prize Semifinalists

Jun 6, 2019 | Blog, Breaking News, Press Release, Uncategorized

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University has named the 50 semifinalists for the 2019 Drucker Prize.

Of the 403 applicants, the organizations that first-round judges found best met Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation—“Change that creates a new dimension of performance”—are:

AfricAid; Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation; Asante Africa Foundation; Bard Prison Initiative; Bright Light Volunteers; Byte Back; Children’s HeartLink; College Unbound; Dan Marino Foundation; Destiny Rescue; Echoing Green; Fair Chance; Field Ready; Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment; FreeFrom; Glasswing International; Harford Community Action Agency; Hot Bread Kitchen; Kupona Foundation; LA Family Housing; LIMBS International; Medair; Mental Health America of Greater Houston; mothers2mothers; National Conflict Resolution Center; Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship; Niroga Institute; Nuru International; Ocean Outcomes; One Heart Worldwide; OneJustice; Orbis International; Peer Health Exchange; Roots & Wings; Semilla Nueva; Shared Interest; SIRUM; Street Business School; Teach for Ghana; The Arc; The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists; The Financial Clinic; The Mind Trust; The RED Bookshelf; Trek Medics International; Union Capital Boston; UTEC; Village Enterprise; TechSoup; and YMCA of the USA.

Semifinalists may now accesss The Drucker Prize platform. The submission deadline for Round 2 is August 2, 2019 at 5pm Pacific Time.

In this second round, leaders from these 50 nonprofits will go through a series of brand new Drucker-based mini-courses featuring insights from some of today’s top thinkers on management and leadership.

“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s semifinalists to the second round of The Drucker Prize. These exceptional organizations now have the chance to demonstrate their capacity for future innovation by applying insights from last year’s Prize winner, myAgro, and leading innovation expert Clayton Christensen. While only one organization will win the $100,000 prize, each year semifinalists tell us that the real gift is the powerful new knowledge and actionable tools they learn,” said Zach First, executive director of the Drucker Institute.

The Drucker Institute will announce ten finalists for the 2019 Drucker Prize on August 30. At that time, all of the proprietary resources from the learning platform will be made available for free to the entire social sector.

The 2019 winner of the $100,000 Drucker Prize will be announced on October 1.

Administered annually since 1991, The Drucker Prize, formerly known as the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, is given to a social-sector organization that demonstrates Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” Judges look for programs that are highly effective and have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve, as well as for those organizations that demonstrate a capacity to further leverage the discipline of innovation.

Hailed by Businessweek magazine as “the man who invented management,” Peter Drucker not only consulted for major corporations, he also advised the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and countless other social-sector organizations. He called the nonprofit “America’s most distinctive institution.”

If you have questions about the application or Prize process, please contact

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute is a social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University. Its mission is strengthening organizations to strengthen society. Its programs help corporate, nonprofit, government and community leaders manage with courage. For more, visit

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of a select few American universities devoted solely to graduate-level education. The university is a founding member of The Claremont Colleges, which include Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Keck Graduate Institute. CGU is comprised of seven schools, offering 86 degree and certificate programs. CGU offers a unique transdisciplinary perspective encouraging students to explore issues and education across academic disciplines. CGU is home to the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and the annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards. For more information, visit


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