Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Charles Bronfman Prize look for in Nominees?
The Charles Bronfman Prize seeks to honor today’s Jewish heroes: next-generation leaders under the age of 50 who have a vision for change that will better the world in a meaningful way, and who have created a mechanism for acting on that vision and have delivered measurable results. Past recipients have distinguished themselves through their work in the environment, genetics, humanitarian relief, human rights, medical education, public education, the economy, and storytelling to convey values across cultures.
Will the Prize accept nominations for those 50 years of age or older?
No. The Charles Bronfman Prize seeks to honor young humanitarian leaders and provide inspiration to the next generations. Therefore, Nominees should not have reached their 50th birthday by the closing date for nominations (2019 date to be announced).
Does the Prize require nominees to be Jewish?
Yes. Since the core of this award is to celebrate a unique connection between Jewish values and humanitarian endeavors, Nominees should self-define as being Jewish – however that manifests itself to the individual Nominee. In this way, the award is distinguished from others and is in line with the original vision of the Prize founders.
Does the endeavor my Nominee has initiated need to be Jewish?
No. The Charles Bronfman Prize celebrates the intersection of Jewish values, and universal humanitarian endeavors. While Nominees must self-identify as Jewish, their endeavors should be universal, contributing to the betterment of the world at large.
Can I nominate myself for the Prize?
No. All Nominees must be presented by a nominating team consisting of a Nominator and three additional References. Through their respective prisms, they can present you and your work most effectively against the selection criteria. The Nominator is the point of contact between the Prize, the Nominee and the nominating team during the nomination and evaluation process.
Can I submit more than three Letters of Reference on behalf of my Nominee?
No. Please submit only what is requested on the nomination form. In fairness to the cohort of Prize Nominees, only three Letters of Reference can be accepted. Please note that, if more than three Letters of Reference are submitted, only the first three listed on the nomination form will be acknowledged and passed forward for evaluation.
Does the Prize consider late nominations?
No. All nominations must be received in the Prize office by the final day of the nomination period (2019 date to be announced). Nominations move forward for consideration as a group, as soon as the nomination process closes. In fairness to the cohort of Prize Nominees, late nominations will neither be considered nor acknowledged. We encourage Nominators to consider applying next year if they have missed this year’s deadline.
Will our nomination be acknowledged?
Yes. All nominations received by the announced deadline will be acknowledged in writing, by email, to all members of the nominating team, with a copy to the Nominee.
When will we know the outcome?
All nominating teams and Nominees will be notified if they have not been successful in the summer. The Prize recipient will be announced in early fall.
Can we re-nominate our candidate?
Yes. A Nominee may be presented a maximum of three times in any given five-year period. You can request that parts of an old nomination be reactivated. However, in fairness to your Nominee, we strongly advise that the Nominator’s letter and the curriculum vitae be updated so that the Prize can be made aware of the recent accomplishments of your Nominee.
For answers to additional questions or assistance with your nomination, please contact us by email; or by phone at 212.931.0127.