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Crain's Grand Rapids Business is proud to announce Crain's 2024 Notable Nonprofit Board Leaders, a special editorial feature within Crain's Nov. 25 print issue and online that will profile top nonprofit board leaders in West Michigan. 

Your company and its executives are invited to submit a nomination that will help us determine this year's honorees. The special section will recognize individuals for their success and accomplishments during the last 18 months.

The deadline to nominate an individual for this feature is Sept. 27, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Ready to submit your nomination? Start here

Important criteria for consideration: 

Notable Nonprofit Board Leaders must... 

  • Serve as a leader of a board for a nonprofit charitable organization that serves the public and holds fundraising campaigns (employees of the nonprofit are ineligible) 
  • Actively champion the cause of the nonprofit organization, raising its profile in the community 
  • Help the organization operate more efficiently or assist in fundraising in a meaningful way 
  • We will accept up to three submissions per organization 

Nominee location: 

West Michigan (Allegan County, Barry County, Berrien County, Calhoun County, Ionia County, Kalamazoo County, Kent County, Mason County, Montcalm County, Muskegon County, Newaygo County, Oceana County, Ottawa County, Van Buren County).

  • Full time/hybrid nominees: Nominee works full-time or hybrid from an office in West Michigan to qualify. 
  • Fully remote nominees: 
    • If the nominee works for a company/team that is not based in West Michigan, the nominee must live in the area listed above to qualify. 
    • If the nominee is fully remote and works with a team in West Michigan, but does not live in the area listed above, they do not qualify.

Ready to submit your nomination? Start here

Nomination requirements:

You will be asked to complete a nomination form that includes:

  • Nominator/ nominee contact information
  • Short descriptions about the nominee’s success and impact in their career, community, and industry. This includes their education, current scope of work, significant projects and board memberships.
  • A headshot and current resume/bio are required for nomination

How to nominate:

  • To get started, click the application link and sign into your account. If you do not have an account, you will be asked to create one before you can proceed with the nomination form. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox web browsers to complete your application. 
  • All required sections of the form must be completed for consideration. The required sections on the form are marked with a red asterisk. Please note incomplete answers may result in disqualification. Incomplete answers include, “please contact the nominee for more information,” or 1 sentence responses.
  • Only one nomination is necessary per nominee. Multiple nominations do not increase the nominee's chances of being recognized. Self-nominations are accepted.

Honoree notification: 

Individuals chosen to be featured in the section will be notified by Crain's Grand Rapids Business Notable team approximately three weeks prior to publication. Honoree congratulatory letters will come from GrandRapidsRecognitions@crain.com.

Important information:

Honoree profiles in the published section will be created using the information supplied in the nomination form. We will not accept revised nomination forms, so take care that what you provide is accurate. Honoree profiles will not be provided for review before the section publishes. Crain's editorial staff holds full rights to edit information provided to meet style and editorial standards as well as space limitations. Do not submit information that is subject to change by the publishing date. Do not submit information you consider to be confidential.

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Contact us:

If you experience any issues while submitting a nomination or have questions regarding the nomination criteria, please email Crain's Grand Rapids Business Notable team at GrandRapidsRecognitions@crain.com


Submit your nomination here.