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ESO wins Honorable Mention for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence from the Axelson Center

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra was awarded an honorable mention for exemplary nonprofit management practices from the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at a recent awards luncheon.

“Winning the Alford-Axelson honor is not about just getting an award, it’s part of the process of learning who you are as an organization. So we thank the Axelson Center for helping us do that,” said ESO CEO David Bearden.

In reviewing the nonprofit organizations that were nominated for this year’s awards, the Axelson Center selection committee considered the following criteria: clear, compelling and well-communicated mission and vision, coherent organizational strategy that aligns programs and services to mission and goals, strong leadership by staff and board, solid financial management, diversified funding model, and a well-developed fundraising and external relations program.

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