For the 10th year, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation has honored managers in the nonprofit sector for their contributions to the community.

The milestone is attributable to the leadership of the Barton family for funding the John W. Barton Sr. Excellence in Nonprofit Management Awards.

While one thinks of nonprofit organizations as doing good, their success involves management skills that may be similar to the private sector, or maybe even go beyond the talents cultivated in the for-profit world.

The awards, named for the founder of BRAF, this year went to Virginia Grenier, of the International Hospitality Foundation for foreign students at LSU; George Mills, of the Cenikor Foundation drug treatment centers; and Elizabeth Boo Thomas, of the Center for Planning Excellence.

One unusual stipulation for the awards: that the winners do not donate the honorarium to their organization, but spend it for themselves.

We congratulate the winners.