What is the Law & Social Policy Legacy Award?
Established in 2020, the Law & Social Policy Legacy Award recognizes organizations defending and advocating for low-wage workers’ rights. The Public Welfare Foundation spent more than a decade supporting public policy and system reforms to improve the lives of low-wage working people in the United States. This prize will commemorate and build on Public Welfare Foundation’s support to the field and honor the critical role law and social policy organizations play in building an economy that works for all.
EOF is a network of national, regional and local funders working to advance economic equity and opportunity in the United States. A $10,000 award will be given by EOF with support from Public Welfare Foundation annually until 2030 as a part of their legacy investment into the Workers’ Rights field. Awardees will be recognized at EOF’s Annual Budget and Tax Briefing in March.
Who is eligible for this award?
- Any organization in the United States working in the field of law and social policy to advance low-wage workers’ rights in the United States is eligible to be nominated. For the purposes of this award, social policy is defined as public sector (and not private sector) policy.
- Individuals are NOT eligible.
- Organizations may have a transnational focus, but the work for which they are being nominated must impact low-wage workers in the United States.
- Size and budget do not matter—we are looking for organizations whose work is impactful, regardless of the resources available to them.
- This is not a lifetime achievement award. There is no specific time span required, the work may be just starting or have occurred over years.
What is the nomination process?
- All nominations must be submitted via our online application form.
- Anyone can make a nomination.
- Nominators may make one nomination per year.
- Self-nominations are allowed (limited to one self-nomination per organization).
- There is no nomination fee.
- Nominations must be received by 11:59pm ET on October 30, 2020.
DISCLAIMER: Award recipients are not selected based on the volume of nominations received. A single nomination will place the organization in consideration for the award.
Are references required?
Yes, we require two external references per nomination. References may be contacted during the review process, so please give notice to references included in the application so they can be prepared to speak to the contributions of the nominee.
How will the winner be selected?
A selection committee will evaluate nominations and select the final winner. Preference will be given to nominees whose work is:
- Significant: The nominee’s work is critical to improving low-wage workers’ lives and advances best practice in the field. This may be through innovation (testing new tactics or engaging new allies) or a deep commitment to sustained progress over time.
- Collaborative: The nominee’s work is collaborative, engaged in concert with partners and impacted communities.
- Systemic: The nominee’s work will have lasting impact, advancing structural and systems change.
The 2020-2021 selection committee members are:
- Stephanie Davison, Program Officer, Human Services, The Kresge Foundation and EOF Steering Committee member
- Benjamin Elga, founding Executive Director, Justice Catalyst
- Taryn Higashi, Executive Director, Unbound Philanthropy
- Robert Shull, former Program Director for Workers’ Rights, Public Welfare Foundation
- Ami Nagle and Cema Siegel, EOF Co-Directors
How will the winner be notified?
EOF will notify the winner via phone and email in December 2020.
What does winning mean?
The winner will receive $10,000 and be honored and recognized at the EOF Annual Budget and Tax Briefing in March. The Executive Director of the winning organization will be invited to deliver a keynote address on their work.
2020-2021 Award Timeline
- Nominations open: September 1, 2020
- Nomination submission deadline: 11:59 PM ET on October 30, 2020
- Award winner notified: December 2020
- Award winner publicly announced: January 2021
- Award winner recognized: March 2021 at the EOF Annual Budget and Tax Briefing
For more information, contact Cema Siegel, firstname.lastname@example.org.