American Express NGen Leadership Award

2015 American Express NGen Leadership Award Application is Now Closed.

Thanks to those who applied or nominated an NGen leader for this award. The 2015 Award recipient will be announced in late spring.




Congratulations to Sarah Kastelic,
2014 recipient of the American Express NGen Leadership Award!




Independent Sector is proud to name Dr. Sarah Kastelic, deputy director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), as the 2014 recipient of the American Express NGen Leadership Award. Sarah is a transformational leader working to further policy research that empowers American Indian and Alaska Native communities to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. Click here to read more about Sarah's work and accomplishments.

Read a Q&A with Sarah on leading in the sector and winning the NGen Award

Sarah received the award during the John W. Gardner Leadership Luncheon, November 18, 2014, at the IS National Conference in Seattle. Sarah was selected from a pool of four other distinguished finalists, including:

  • Aspen Baker, founder and executive director, Exhale
  • Courtney Macavinta, co-founder and chief executive, The Respect Institute
  • Henry Timms, executive director, 92Y
  • Sina Vann, manager of voices for change, Somaly Mam Foundation



The American Express NGen Leadership Award honors one accomplished nonprofit or philanthropic leader age 40 or under who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society's critical needs. 

The recipient of this award must also:

  • Demonstrate transformative impact in his or her field, beyond just his or her organization
  • Display a proven ability to collaborate in innovative, inclusive ways
  • Show how s/he identifies needs, generates solutions, and assesses progress toward goals
  • Model leadership presence.

This award extends American Express and Independent Sector’s commitment to and support of emerging leaders. To learn more about NGen's programmatic offerings, please visit the NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now homepage.

Learn more about past recipients.

If you have questions regarding the award, please email ngenaward@independentsector.org.


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