ADRP International Stewardship Awards


Welcome to the exciting (and newly refreshed) ADRP International Stewardship Awards (ISA) for 2023! 

The ISA recognizes excellence and outstanding accomplishments in donor relations. We want to acknowledge your incredible achievements, share valuable best practices, and honor you as a practitioner in our field. 

You shared, and we listened! This year we revamped the awards to better encompass the fantastic work happening in all our organizations. To ensure fair representation, we are adjusting our award criteria. We will now divide submissions based on a budget instead of just a category. You can now submit once per project and check as many (or as few) category types as apply to your entry.

We were announced winners before the ADRP International Conference. 


Meet the 2023 ISA Winners

Submission Budget Levels

Winners will be selected from each budget level.

  • $0 - $2,499
  • $2,500 - $4,999
  • $5,000 - $9,999
  • $10,000+

Submission Categories

You can now submit one project entry and select multiple categories, if applicable.

People’s Choice Award

ADRP Members will have the opportunity to vote for a People’s Choice award winner prior to the Conference. The winner will be announced at the Conference and receive a special award!

ISA Winning Submissions Perks

  • Discounted attendee pricing for the 20th Annual ADRP International Conference in Minneapolis (1 per winning organization)
  • Dedicated time at the Conference to showcase your outstanding work
  • Opportunity to celebrate with other ISA winners and all ADRP Conference attendees during an inspiring lunch ceremony 
  • A beautiful physical award for first place winners you can display in your office (1 per winning organization)
  • ADRP social media posts and emails celebrating your outstanding accomplishment, plus showcases on the ADRP website, in the HUB with past winner profiles, and at various other ADRP events
  • Opportunity to share your work on an ADRP webinar
  • Invitation to attend a VIP reception celebrating ISA winners and ADRP volunteers at the International Conference 

The Details

We know everyone is busy! As mentioned, you will only need to submit once per project. Be sure to fill out the budget information and check all applicable category boxes. Ideally, projects should have taken place within the last three years, but please feel free to reach out with more information if you would like our committee to consider a unique circumstance outside of those guidelines. 

Please note that your submission does not have to fit our predefined categories. Select "other" and fill out the remainder of the form. That is the beauty of our work – it can be tried and true or entirely out of the box! 

Category Details

 Digital Communications

Have you leveraged an electronic platform, whether a podcast, social media campaign, website, newsletter, or video, to share data and personalize a message of gratitude? 


Has your organization pulled off an innovative event that engaged your donors in a new way?  We want to hear all about it!  Please provide an overall description of the event, including the information in the submission form. Please attach supporting documentation including photos, invitations, and other event-related materials.

Impact Reporting

Has your organization found new ways to express impact to donors through reporting? We want to hear all about it! Please provide an overall description of the report, including the following information. Please attach supporting documentation, including letters, photos, and other report-related materials.  


Over the past few years, we have all had to go back to the drawing board to develop new and genuinely innovative ways to reach our supporters and volunteers. Did you do something above and beyond that resonated with your audience? Have you helped change the way we do business and connect with others? The format for this award could be indeed anything – we are excited to hear how you continued to make a massive difference in your market/field/industry.

A fee of $25.00 will be charged for each entry, and donor relations colleagues and industry experts will judge each category. The awards are open to members and non-members; all are welcome to apply!


Looking for inspiration? View our past ADRP International Stewardship Award Winners.

Events Impact Reporting
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Digital Communications Innovation
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2023 ADRP International Stewardship Awards Selection Committee

Kimberly Johnson, Children's Health Medical Foundation
Dena Scott, Utah Valley University

Kelley Board, Austin Peay State University
Susan Cole, Mount Allison University 
Jamie M. Dixon, UC Davis Health
Gillian Kennedy, Denison University
Katy Galli-Kreps, University of California, Berkeley 
Nancy Masterson-Newkirk, Rutgers University-Newark
Paige Morris, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Board Liaison
Scott Eichinger, National Park Foundation