Charles Bronfman is a visionary who seeks out innovative, bold ideas to improve the world. His commitment to investing in exceptional young leaders whose work is grounded in Jewish values motivated his children, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Stephen Bronfman and their spouses Andrew Hauptman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman, to create The Charles Bronfman Prize in 2004 to celebrate his 70th birthday.


After 15 years and hundreds of applications from 28 countries across six continents, The Charles Bronfman Prize has not just supported individual humanitarian standard-bearers, it has created a fellowship that embodies the spirit, values and beliefs that have defined Mr.Bronfman’s life.


Each of the 16 outstanding individuals who have received The Charles Bronfman Prize reminds us of the power of commitment, passion and courage in tackling the most urgent problems of our day. Prize laureates, through their leadership and dedication, share an appreciation of their history, heritage and cultural identity. This growing fellowship is leaving a lasting legacy of change and a determination to make an impact on a world that is better and more just than the one they inherited.