Each year, UMA honors organizations and individuals who have demonstrated best practices, innovation, and mission excellence.

Nominations are now closed for 2019 Best Practice, Innovation and Mission Awards.

2019 Award winners will be selected by your peers who serve on the Awards Committee, and awards will be presented during the 2019 UMA Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, FL at the Celebration of Excellence on May 7, 2019.

The UMA Awards Categories are:

Mission Award
Presented to an individual, group or organization demonstrating that has made an outstanding contribution to the mission of their organization, their community, their field of ministry and/or UMA through inspirational leadership and commitment.

Innovation Award
Presented to an organization that has demonstrated a creative and unique approach to ministry.

Best Practice Award
Presented to organizations doing standard practices in an outstanding way.

Click the award titles below to view previous winners:

2018 Mission Award

The Methodist Home for Children and Youth

Macon, GA
Hurricane Irma Relief

2018 Best Practice Award

Burlington United Methodist Family Services

Burlington, WV
Student Attendance Assistance Program of Monongalia, WV, WV Board of Education

Copeland Oaks Retirement Community

Sebring, OH
Health and Wellness Life Style Change and the Senior Slimfest

2018 Innovation Award

Asbury Communities

Frederick, MD
"What's Age Got to Do With It" Campaign

Bayview Life Plan Community

Seattle, WA
"AgeUp" Campaign


Quincy, IL
In-Home Intensive Program

2017 Best Practice Awards

Burlington United Methodist Family Services

Burlington, WV
For Its “Right from the Start Program”

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Lebanon, OH
For Its “STNA Training Program”

2017 Innovation Awards

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Lebanon, OH
For Its “Be Bold Adventure Group”

2016 Best Practice Awards

Hillcrest Family Services

Dubuque, IA
For Its “Daily Spiritual Experience Survey”

United Methodist communities

Neptune, NJ
For Its “Methodist Heritage Spiritual Pilgrimage”

2016 Innovation Awards

Hillcrest Family Services

Dubuque, IA
For Its ”Mental Health Services in the Emergency Room“


Berea, OH
For Its ”Workforce 360 Developmental Program”

2015 Best Practice Awards

Rainbow Acres

Camp Verde, AZ
For its "Quality Art Program"

The Baby Fold

Normal, IL
For Its “Keeping the Promise” Adoption Program

2015 Innovation Awards

Asbury Communities

Germantown, MD
For Its “Brain Fitness Wave” Program

Ohio Guidestone

Berea, OH
For Its “Step Stone Academy” Charter School

2014 Best Practice Award

Board of Child Care

Baltimore, MD
For Therapeutic Cottage Upgrades for Autistic Residents

2014 Innovation Awards

Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc.

Burlington, WV
For SARAH’s House