ICFJ’s Frye Honored as Outstanding NGO Leader

Aug 162013
  • Frye was honored for helping grow ICFJ into the global organization it is today.

When Nancy Frye joined the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in its first year, 1984, she found little more in the office than a manual typewriter and a broken coffee maker. Three decades later, thanks in no small part to Frye’s stellar management as vice president of finance and administration, the organization has worked with nearly 80,000 professional and citizen journalists from 180 countries. ICFJ now has 29 full-time staff members and revenue of nearly $11 million.

This month, Frye was honored for her work when she received InsideNGO’s Operational Excellence Award for Cross Operations. The award recognizes individuals or teams whose contributions make an impact across operations, and who understand the importance of creating an organization that is larger than the sum of its parts.

“Because of Nancy's inventiveness and remarkable capacity for self-instruction, she created whatever systems and resources were needed as ICFJ expanded from a few desks and a skeleton crew to the international media assistance leader it is today,” said ICFJ Proposal Development Director Bob Tinsley in a letter nominating Frye for the award.

Aside from her role as chief financial executive, Frye also oversees human resources and information technology. As Tinsley wrote in the nominating letter, she runs “an efficient, integrated and seamless network of cross-departmental systems with well-trained, loyal colleagues.”

George Krimsky, an ICFJ founder and first president, said: “It was – and is – testimony to Nancy’s competence, perseverance, attention to detail and unwavering honesty that she kept the financial and personnel portfolios throughout the tenure of five administrations at ICFJ.” Adds Joyce Barnathan, ICFJ’s current president, “Nancy is the heart and soul of our organization and deserves enormous credit for making it such a success.”

Frye received the award at InsideNGO’s annual conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.


InsideNGO is a 35-year-old member association that was created to strengthen operations teams and foster leadership in the international nonprofit sector. Its vision is to foster an international NGO community where operational excellence and professional expertise come together to help change the world. InsideNGO created the Operational Excellence Awards in 2012 to honor the essential contributions of NGO finance, human resources, grants and contracts, technology, and legal professionals in helping their organizations achieve their mission. For more information, visit www.InsideNGO.org.