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Concordia, University of Virginia Darden School Institute for Business in Society, and U.S. Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships


P3 Impact Award

Recognizing Collaborative Excellence


The P3 Impact Award was created by Concordia, the University of Virginia Darden School Institute for Business in Society, and the U.S. Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships to recognize and honor best practices of public-private partnerships (P3s) that are improving communities and the world in the most impactful ways. The award seeks to highlight leading practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. For this award, a P3 refers to any cross-sector collaboration that features public, private, nonprofit, or non-governmental organizations and addresses societal problems.

2016 P3 Impact Award presented to Project Nurture at the Concordia Awards

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TechnoServe's Dickson Mbando, Program Director for Project Nurture, accepted the 2016 P3 Impact Award on September 20, along with Richard Rogers (Senior Program Officer at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Bea Perez (Chief Sustainability Officer at The Coca-Cola Company) and William Warshauer (President and CEO of TechnoServe).

A partnership between TechnoServe, The Coca-Cola Company and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Nurture developed an innovative solution to challenges in East Africa’s fruit market. By promoting improved farming practices and linking farmers to better markets, the project sought to help small-scale mango and passion fruit farmers double their fruit incomes.


The application period for the 2017 P3 Impact Award is now closed. Applications for the 2018 P3 Impact Award will be accepted in early 2018.



Cross-sector partnerships between the following entities are eligible to apply for the award:

  • Public entity and private entity
  • Public entity and nonprofit entity
  • Private entity and nonprofit entity
  • Public entity, private entity, and nonprofit entity

Any partner can submit the application or a third party can nominate a partnership for the award. However, a representative of each partner entity must sign the application form.

Award Criteria

Projects will be assessed on the following criteria. Please note that the project should demonstrate some, but not necessarily all of the following characteristics:

  • Strength of the cross-sector partnership
  • Measurable results
  • Economic and/or social benefits
  • Improved service delivery
  • Innovative features
  • Financial effectiveness
  • Scalability/replicability

The P3 Impact Award team will appoint an independent panel of P3 experts to review and assess applications based on the award criteria. Finalists will be contacted and asked to provide additional information and participate in brief interviews, if necessary.

Application Requirements

Completed Application Form by 17 April, 2017, which includes:

  • Partnership and Project Summary to provide the key elements of the partnership
  • Detailed questions regarding award criteria
  • Supporting Documentation

If necessary, additional information may be requested.

Presentation of Award

The 2017 P3 Impact Award will be presented at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. Winners will receive:

  • Tickets to attend the Concordia Annual Summit in New York City
  • Opportunity to present the partnership on the main stage at the Concordia Summit
  • Scholarship for one member of each partner entity to attend a week-long Executive Education course at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Recognition of partnership’s excellence in publicity and other media coverage

The winning project may be selected to be published as a case study.


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For questions or additional information, contact Impact@Darden.virginia.edu.

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