The Law & Social Policy Legacy Award was established in 2020 to recognize organizations defending and advocating for low-wage workers’ rights and to increase knowledge of this work in the philanthropic community. 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 commemorates and builds on the Public Welfare Foundation’s support to the field and honors the critical role law and social policy organizations play in building an economy that works for all.
A $10,000 award will be given by EOF with support from the Public Welfare Foundation annually until 2030 as a part of their legacy investment into the Workers’ Rights field. There are no restrictions or limitations on the use of the $10,000 award. Awardees will be recognized at EOF’s Annual Budget and Tax Briefing, in front of more than three dozen funders. EOF will also create a short video about the winner’s work to share during the recognition event and with members and partners.
The award is open to any 501c3 organization (or fiscally sponsored project) working in the field of law and social policy to advance low-wage workers’ rights in the United States. Nominated organizations may be of any size or budget and work may have just started or occurred over years. Individuals are not eligible. Previous Law & Social Policy Legacy Award nominees are eligible to be nominated again in subsequent years. Previous winners cannot be nominated again.
Nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- The nominee’s work has made a significant difference in the lives of low-wage workers and advances structural, and systems change.
- The nominee employs a strong worker-engagement model and centers the voices of low-wage workers in their work.
- The nominee’s work stands out among their peers.
Preference will be given to nominations where recognition from the award will help the nominee capitalize on a specific challenge or opportunity. For example, 1) for a less well known and under resourced organization, recognition from this award will help increase visibility to new partners and funders; or 2) for a well known and well resourced organization, the recognition from this award will help amplify a new body of work focused on workers’ rights or leadership transition.
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