SAN DIEGO – Jan. 13, 2017 – The Balboa Park Conservancy has been named the 2017 winner of the prestigious Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance, as selected by the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit and Philanthropic Institute in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES).

The award committee chose the Balboa Park Conservancy for their commitment to excellence in governance. Three years ago, the older Balboa Park Central merged with the Balboa Park Conservancy, a complex process that entailed overcoming several risks and challenges. The award recognizes the success of what proved to be an exemplary nonprofit merger, thanks to the foresight and strong leadership on both boards, resulting in a new and stronger resource for Balboa Park.

Carol Chang, Board Chair of the Balboa Park Conservancy Board of Trustees and noted nonprofit and philanthropic regional leader, remarked, “Upon hearing that we received the Kaleidoscope Award, many emotions surfaced—delight, amazement, validation. Collectively we are honored to be selected and recognized by receiving such a prestigious accolade. Five years ago, a diverse group of trustees came together with the belief that the Conservancy and its ‘charge’ was a potential game changer for Balboa Park. As we begin 2017, we are well on the way to creating that reality.”

Like a kaleidoscope, the work of nonprofit governance is intricate and varied—to do it well involves viewing the organization through a variety of lenses. Exceptional governance requires precision, imagination, and principled and adept decision-making. Governance practitioners are dedicated volunteers who contribute valuable services to our community.

“Governing well is one of the most profound ways to help our communities,” said Liz Shear, Director and Faculty Member at the USD Nonprofit Governance Symposium.

The Balboa Park Conservancy is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to sustain, enhance, and envision the future of Balboa Park. The board consists of a diverse range of professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including biomedical science, finance, law, university administration, arts leadership, and grassroots organization—all working together to make Balboa Park a sustainable, world-class destination.

The award was presented as part of the opening panel of the 13th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium on Friday, January 13, at the University of San Diego.

The Nonprofit and Philanthropic Institute is dedicated to educating leaders and advancing best practices in the philanthropic and nonprofit community through academic excellence, applied learning, research and forums that examine issues of strategic importance to effecting meaningful change. Founded in 2002, the Institute shares in the University of San Diego’s dedication to social responsibility and service to the community.