Newswise — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — 29 April 2015 — The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, Concordia and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships today extended the application deadline for the P3 Impact Award, which recognizes model public-private partnerships (P3s) from around the world.

The original deadline of 30 April 2015 has been extended to 29 May 2015 to give applicants more time to complete applications. Applications from around the world will be reviewed by an independent panel of esteemed judges, with the winner and finalists being selected in July. The P3 Impact Award winner will receive global recognition at the Concordia Summit in New York City in October 2015. The award winner and finalists will also be highlighted in a special edition of the Darden School’s publication, Ideas to Action, which will be released during the Summit. Featuring leading practices and actionable insights from the winner and finalists, this report is used to develop teaching cases and other materials to share and advance best practices with public-private partnerships across the globe.

The award winner will also receive a full scholarship to attend a weeklong Darden Executive Education course.

Applicants must meet the definition of a "public-private partnership," which includes any cross-sector collaboration that features public, private, nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations that address societal problems. Criteria and the application form can be found on the P3 Impact Award website.

The three partners created the P3 Impact Award in 2014. In addition to recognizing and honoring P3s that are improving their communities, the competition provides thought leadership, promotes best practices and generates a database of information relevant to public-private partnerships.

The winner of last year’s inaugural award was the CocoaLink partnership, which includes The Hershey Company, the Ghana Cocoa Board and the World Cocoa Foundation, for its innovative program using mobile technology to improve the lives of cocoa farmers. According to The Hershey Company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Growth and Marketing Officer, D. Michael Wege, "This award is particularly meaningful for all of us at The Hershey Company. CocoaLink's success in improving the lives of small holder cocoa farmers, their families, and communities is directly attributable to the power of P3s." About the Darden School of BusinessThe University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

About the Darden Institute for Business in SocietyThe Institute for Business in Society (IBiS), established at the Darden School in 2011, prepares leaders to positively impact society through business. IBiS advances thought leadership and innovative practices through research, teaching and programs.

About ConcordiaConcordia is a platform for leaders who are passionate about public-private partnerships (P3s). Through convenings and research, Concordia raises the visibility of public-private partnerships and demonstrates how they can be used to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Held in New York City, the Concordia Summit is an annual event that brings together the world's most influential government, business, and nonprofit leaders to discuss urgent global issues.

About the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global PartnershipsThe Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) at the U.S. Department of State is the entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. S/GP aims to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world by building and promoting public-private partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact. S/GP works with partners across sectors, industries, and borders to promote economic growth and opportunity; to invest in the wellbeing of people from all walks of life; and to make democracy serve every citizen more effectively and justly.

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