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    2012 Excellence in Mission-Driven Management Grant Challenge Announced by Ascendant

    "The First Annual Excellence in Mission-Driven Management Grant competition looking to reward one mission-driven organization a $2,000 grant for excellence in performance management, announced by Ascendant Strategy Management Group."

    WASHINGTON, DC, Dec, 30, 2011 -- Ascendant Strategy Management Group on December 27, 2011, announced its first annual Excellence in Mission-Driven Management Grant, a competition to award a grant to the mission-driven organization (nonprofit) that is judged to have the best performance management story.

    Ascendant principals will review all submissions and announce the winner who best demonstrates their ability to overcome challenges by executing their strategy using performance management techniques. The winner will receive a $2,000 grant from Ascendant during the 2012 Mission-Driven Management Summit March 6-8, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. “Since our founding in 2008, we have been working to help social and public sector organizations execute their missions,” said Ted Jackson, Ascendant Managing Partner. “With this grant challenge, we hope to reward one such organization for executing its mission and achieving breakthrough results.”

    Any mission-driven (nonprofit) organization wishing to apply for the grant must submit an abstract of no more than 1,500 words or a video or podcast of no more than three minutes describing its strategy challenges and how it overcame the challenges through performance management. Ascendant is most interested in:

    • How did you achieve breakthrough results?

    • What was the secret of your success?

    • What barriers did you have to overcome?

    • What, if any, strategy/performance management model did you use?

    • Did you use any tools or software to help you manage the process?

    • How did you communicate to your staff and volunteers?

    The mission-driven organization that submits the most compelling story will be announced at the 2012 Mission-Driven Management Summit and their story shared with summit participants. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2012. Please submit entries to: [email protected].

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    By submitting a contest entry, challenge participants agree to having their entry or a summary of it posted on the Ascendant website ( and the Mission-Driven Management Summit website ( The winner does not need to be present at the Summit to receive the award.

    About Ascendant Strategy Management Group

    Ascendant Strategy Management Group helps nonprofits, agencies, associations, and foundations manage strategy, collaborate with stakeholders, and build communities around their strategy execution efforts. Ascendant offers Balanced Scorecard and performance management training, facilitation, and consulting to help organizations accelerate mission results. For more information about Ascendant, visit For more information about Ascendant’s performance management solutions, visit