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This article was originally published on June 20, 2007.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement recognized Tahirih this June as the winner of the prestigious Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. Tahirih received a $10,000 cash grant and a scholarship to the Georgetown University Center for Public Nonprofit Leadership’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program. The award selection committee noted several outstanding management practices for Tahirih.

Some examples of management excellence included:

  • Extensive use of pro bono attorneys and other donated professional services;
  • Thoughtful and strategic planning for both the short- and long-term on the department level, as well as across the entire organization;
  • Use of market research and assessing its impact on the strategic plan;
  • Organizational sensitivity to staff workload and burnout potential, including offering second-hand trauma training and a timesheet code for staff respite time; and
  • Mindful engagement in the struggle to encourage cultural sensitivity, including both training staff in cultural competency and providing training to outside groups.