MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 26, 2012) — The Minnesota-based American Refugee Committee has been awarded the 2012 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.
The Awards committee recognized ARC for its “I AM A STAR” program, which engages the Somali community in Minnesota and around the globe to help shape ARC’s humanitarian response in Somalia — uniting and strengthening communities both in Minnesota and in Somalia. ARC was chosen from among more than 600 other nonprofits nominated for the Award.
“Peter Drucker would have loved the idea at the heart of ‘I AM A STAR’,” said Drucker Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman. “This is a social innovation at its best.”
The “I AM A STAR” program was developed in Minnesota, in partnership with Minnesota’s Somali community. The program has since expanded globally — engaging Somali communities in other U.S. cities and in places like Norway, Sweden, Qatar, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom — to help provide relief in Somalia, home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The “I AM A STAR” program also has engaged tens of thousands of people online and in communities to build a global movement of support for Somalia.
“The American Refugee Committee is truly honored to be recognized by the Drucker Institute,” said Daniel Wordsworth, ARC’s President. “This Award is a real tribute to the incredible work of the global Somali diaspora, who have co-created ‘I AM A STAR’ — and also to the tens of thousands of people around the globe who have taken creative action to help Somalia.
There are people all around the world who are ready to work together across geographic and cultural distances to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. This represents an amazing challenge and opportunity to all of us in the social sector.”
Minnesota businesses — including UCare, Greater Twin Cities United Way, The Mosaic Company, General Mills, and Best Buy — provided critical funding to launch ARC’s work in building community both in Minnesota and in Somalia. Somali businesses including Dahabshiil, Hormuud Telecommunications, Bakaal, and Kaah Express also provided support.
Administered annually since 1991, the Drucker Award is granted to a social-sector organization that demonstrates Peter F. Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.”
In addition, the judges look for programs that are highly effective and that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve. The Drucker Institute will honor the American Refugee Committee at a November CEO Forum in Claremont, California.
In all, the Drucker Institute received 612 applications from nonprofits in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
ARC will receive a $100,000 prize from the Coca-Cola Foundation. Information on the Award can be found at http://www.druckerinstitute.com/link/winners-2012-drucker-award/