NSFA Superintendent of the Year Award

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To recognize a superintendent whose visionary leadership and collaboration, develops a partnership with their education foundation which provides every student the opportunity for success.


National Recognition in press releases and NSFA E-news, two registrations to the 2020 NSFA National Conference in Philadelphia, PA (March 2-4) and an opportunity to present a workshop at the National Conference.  

Link to Apply

Judging Criteria (Factors that contribute to a Superintendent's effectiveness in PreK-12 Philanthropy)

Foundation Engagement and Results*

  • Respects the Foundation's role as a collaborative partner
  • Supports and engages with Foundation including participation in board meetings, Foundation’s strategic planning, other volunteer opportunities
  • Models philanthropy with a personal contribution to Foundation
  • Supports major gifts efforts (thanks major donors, participates in major gift asks, participates in stewardship events)

Community engagement on behalf of district students*

  • Empowers others to do more on behalf of students
  • Clear vision and strategic plan for District
  • Innovative and creative in developing opportunities for students

Superintendent has advanced the work of the education foundation with external stakeholders including district staff, the business community or others*

  • Encourages staff (Executive Committee, building leadership, and other District staff) participation in the Staff Giving Campaign, Foundation’s annual fund or special events
  • Focused on student outcomes and works with Foundation to determine highest and best use of Foundation investments
  • Advocates for and serves as a spokesperson for the Foundation in the community

Superintendent’s service to other organizations and the impact of that service*

  • Involved with the Community including service on other Boards or other civic engagement


October 15: Nominations Open

November 15: Nomination Deadline

November 30:  Recipients Announced

March 3 or 4: Presentation of Award and Workshop

Other Criteria

The nominating organization must be a member of NSFA and cannot be a member of the Award Selection Committee.

Superintendent must have served in the present role for a minimum of three years.