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Chapter Excellence Awards

Chapter Excellence Awards recognize chapters' achievements in key areas of chapter development.
Applications for the 2024 Chapter Excellence Awards are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied!


Chapters may submit one application per category. Chapters are eligible to win only every two years in the power membership and net joint membership categories. For example, if a chapter won in 2023, its next year of eligibility is 2025. Chapters can only win in one of the other categories (chapter innovation, membership engagement, etc.) per year.

Minimum Criteria:

  • 100% CARE achievement (includes meeting the submission deadline of January 31, 2023)
  • Application must focus on activities executed in 2023
  • Measurable results with specific examples
  • Initiative supports ATD's and the chapter's mission/vision


As of 2024, ATD recognizes chapters for excellence in the areas of:

Chapter Innovation: The Chapter Innovation Award recognizes outstanding creativity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness to drive positive change within ATD Chapters.

Community Impact: The Community Impact Award honors ATD Chapters that have demonstrated exceptional commitment and effectiveness in creating a positive and lasting impact within their local community.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): The Commitment to DEI Award celebrates ATD Chapters that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within its activities and initiatives.

Operational Excellence: The Operational Excellence Award recognizes ATD Chapters that have demonstrated exceptional organizational management in areas such as strategic planning, financial management, and governance.

Membership Engagement: The Membership Engagement Award celebrates ATD Chapters that have excelled in engaging their members, creating meaningful membership experiences, and fostering a sense of community within the chapter.

Power Membership: Chapters that demonstrate the overall highest percentage of joint chapter and ATD membership for the previous calendar year.

Net Joint Membership Growth: Chapters that demonstrated the highest overall growth rate of joint chapter and ATD membership for the previous calendar year.

The 2023 Chapter Excellence Award Recipients