The Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award honors one exceptional high-impact organization that is driving a culture of population health and well-being within its community. The focus of this award is to identify an organizational leadership team that is a true change agent that elevates its staff and communities in leadership, manifesting itself in an equitable approach, sustained community change, and measurable improvement in population health and well-being. An ideal organization demonstrates continuous development consistent with change leadership, engaging all voices, and co-creating with the community. In addition, such organizations: 

  • Establish systems-change for more equitable outcomes at the community level
  • Demonstrate a “leader-team-organization-community” ecosystem approach to the development of effective business practices and scaling the contribution to increased safety and improved health for the community
  • Promote community growth/engagement/development as a holistic process
  • Advocate on issues that affect the broader community 

Grant and Prize Package 

Sponsored by Aramark, in partnership with the Alliance, the award includes a $20,000 unrestricted grant to the winning organization, as well as an award package available to the organization’s staff that can accommodate participation in speaking opportunities and includes promotional tools, public relations and promotional support, and event registrations. Opportunities include the following:

Present at the 2020 Executive Leadership Institute
The Alliance's Executive Leadership Institute equips senior-level managers and executives with the knowledge and skills to oversee day-to-day operations and prepare for the future and greater systems change.  The award winner’s executive may co-present a session with Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus at the Executive Leadership Institute .

Lead Workshop at 2021 Senior Leadership Conference
The 2021 Senior Leadership Conference is uniquely tailored to the networking and knowledge development needs of executives, directors, and managers at nonprofit human-serving organizations.

The award winner may present a 90-minute presentation related to best practices for impactful and effective leaders related to increased safety and improved community health. 

Award logistics

Submission Guidelines
An organizational representative should review application questions and complete the online application form below. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. CT. Each application will be vetted by an internal leadership panel of Alliance team members and past Aramark Award winners, with Aramark selecting the winner.

Up to three finalists will be selected by the internal leadership panel for final consideration by Aramark, and follow-up phone interviews will take place Nov. 18-22. Final notifications will be made Nov. 25-27, and the award will be publicly announced Feb. 23, 2020 at the Alliance's Senior Leadership Conference.

Judges will consider nominees representing Alliance member organizations in good standing that lead neighborhood-based strategies or operate community centers.


Application Questions

  • Organization and point of contact information
  • What are the names and titles of the organization’s executive and senior leadership team?
  • Is the organization willing and able to participate in activities related to winning the award?
  • List key aspects of the leadership team’s board and committee service over the last three years
  • List the leadership team’s significant affiliations outside his or her the organization; indicate identify whether each affiliation is local, regional, or national
  • List awards the organization has received at the local, regional, or national level
  • Recognizing that community change requires many players acting together over time, describe where the organization’s leadership is making a difference
  • How does the leadership team work with partners from the business, nonprofit, or government sectors, as well as constituents and community members, to achieve impact?
  • Why should this organization receive this award?
  • Describe efforts the organization has engaged in resulting in measurable improvements in population health and well-being for communities being served
  • Submit bios of executive and key senior leaders in the organization
  • Submit one or two relevant media stories or publications
  • Share one or two photos of the impact in action
  • Upload a letter of recommendation from a member of the community, colleague, or other individual not employed by the applicant’s organization