2020 NISC Annual Programs of Excellence Awards - Highlighted Category - Virtual Programming Campaign

General Description:
For the purpose of recognizing program excellence, the NISC Annual Programs of Excellence Awards contest has been designed to honor and promote the outstanding efforts made by senior centers to enhance program offerings to older adults.

Programs conducted in a senior center between July 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 are eligible for awards. Judges will look for programs that are innovative, creative and easily replicated.

Due to the potential volume of submissions, each applicant can submit only ONE entry in the general program categories and ONE entry in this year's special highlighted area of Virtual Programming Campaign. You are responsible for selecting the category that best fits your program entry.

This award is available to all senior centers.
A $300 cash prize will go to the winner of the Virtual Programming Campaign Category. The award will go to the senior center or related friends group at the national conference.

Cash prizes of $100 will be made to award winners in each of the seven program categories.  (Apply for this area on a separate application link) Prize money will awarded to the senior center or related friends group at the annual conference.

Applicants can apply for one of the 7 program awards along with the highlighted virtual programming campaign award.  These will be judged independently.

Completed nomination forms must be received through this link no later than Friday, November 20, 2020. No late entries will be accepted.

This application is for the highlighted category Virtual Programming Campaign only. 

We are looking for programs or methods used to connect to older adults virtually. This campaign should include at least 3 programs or methods with at least one component not needing technology and one needing technology. An example of a virtual program without technology is a pen pal writing program and one with technology is a fitness class delivered using Facetime. 

Please remember to also apply for an award in the Programs of Excellence 7 general categories. A single virtual program could be entered in any of the categories.

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* 1. List the titles of your 3 programs.

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* 2. Please describe your overall virtual campaign in 250 words or less.  (The following section allows you to talk about the individual events in more detail.) 

If your nomination is over 250 words, it will not be considered.

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* 3. Please describe the activities that were included in this campaign.  Include up to 3 different activities within the campaign.

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* 4. What are the outcomes of this program?  (How did your participants benefit? How did your organization benefit?)

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* 5. What were the tools, observable measures or indicators that you used to measure the success of the program?

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* 6. Number of Staff/Volunteers Required to run program.

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* 7. Expenses and Revenues and Net Profit/Loss:

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* 8. One photo may be sent to illustrate the campaign. Please send by email to scott.harlow@ncoa.org. Please put in the subject line "2020 NISC Excellence Awards - virtual campaign".  Do not send any materials by mail.

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* 9. Your contact information is needed:

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* 10. If this is a collaboration with one or more senior centers, please include the contact information for each senior center and specify if there is one lead senior center.

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* 11. It is required that subjects of quotes, photographs or recordings provide the National Council on Aging, Inc. (the Publisher), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization located in Washington, DC, with formal written consent to use quotes, photographs or recordings.

I consent to the participation of the NISC Annual Awards program and the use of the nomination may be published by the Publisher in print or in electronic publications such as on the Publisher’s Web site and may be released to news media and others in connection with the promotion or publicizing of the activities of the Publisher.

The undersigned agrees to the use of his/her name or likeness and biographical data in connection with this photo/recording and its publication.

The undersigned waives any demand for compensation and relieves The Publisher from all claims arising for the use of this photo/recording.

Award recipients will be notified in January 2021. Award selections are made by a panel of judges and all decisions are final.

If your nomination receives an award, you must designate a representative to present an online informational session on your program.

NISC will recognize the winners on their website. An award booklet featuring the award winners will be available to all senior centers. The complete book of entries will be posted in the NISC Member Resource section.

Thank you for your submission.
NISC Best Practices Committee