SOURCE: Forward It On

February 09, 2015 08:00 ET

Forward It On Foundation to Receive Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Interest Recognition

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - February 09, 2015) - Forward It On Foundation has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). TNCPE is Tennessee's only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Forward It On Foundation will accept the award at the 22nd Annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet on February 18, 2015 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

"We are excited about the recognition that comes with this award," says Walker Morrow, founder of Forward It On Foundation. "The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and TNCPE program are very highly regarded programs. We are honored to be recognized among these incredible organizations as we aspire to be a non-profit that that excels in all areas. As we continue to build a network of non-profit partners, we plan to instill these same principles from Baldrige and TNCPE into our partner organizations as a means to further drive transparency, accountability and measurable outcomes in the non-profit sector." 

Forward It On Foundation, a 501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization, helps employers integrate social causes into their workplace culture through its technology platform which engages employees and provides real-time updates of how their contributions were used and the impact created from them.

Through an annual evaluation and assessment process, TNCPE recognizes high-performing organizations that demonstrate continuous improvement and role model processes. This year, TNCPE has named 48 organizations as 2014 Award winners that represent outstanding achievement in the following industry sectors: health care, manufacturing, service, education, government, and nonprofit.

"We want to congratulate Forward It On Foundation on this recognition," Gov. Bill Haslam said. "Organizations that participate in the TNCPE Award program show an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and performance excellence. Our state is a better place to live and work because of organizations like Forward It On Foundation that are helping to build a better Tennessee."

Organizations like Forward It On Foundation apply to the TNCPE program at one of four levels. As the levels increase, so does the depth and complexity of the application, which is based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Since the program was founded in 1993, only 22 organizations have attained the excellence designation. Maury Regional Medical Center will receive the Excellence Award this year; 14 organizations will be honored with the Achievement Award; 16 organizations will receive a Commitment Award; and 17 will receive Interest Recognition.

"This program helps organizations look at the big picture. But it's not easy -- if it were, every organization in the state would be participating," said TNCPE President Katie Rawls. "Organizations like Forward It On Foundation are truly passionate about performance excellence and have chosen TNCPE and the Baldrige framework to help them become the best they can be."

A full list of winners can be found on the TNCPE website

Established in 1993 as a public-private partnership, the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence strives to promote economic development and drive organizational excellence by helping companies and organizations grow more competitive in today's global marketplace through affordable, in-depth assessments. A statewide nonprofit, TNCPE is grounded in the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence -- a holistic framework used by organizations across multiple industries to improve their performance and achieve sustainable results. More than 1,300 organizations have participated in and benefited from the TNCPE program. Four Tennessee businesses -- Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, Pal's Sudden Service, Eastman Chemical Company, and Federal Express -- have been honored with both the prestigious Baldrige National Quality Award and the TNCPE Excellence Award.

Contact Information

  • For more information about the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, contact
    Kelsey Alexander
    Marketing & Communication Manager

    For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit

    For more information on Forward It On Foundation, contact
    Walker Morrow