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, 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, humanitarian relief, human rights, medical education, public education, criminal justice, storytelling and more.

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.

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.

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 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 two 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 two 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 two Letters of Reference can be considered.

Does the Prize consider late nominations?

No. All nominations must submitted by 5pm Pacific Time on the closing date for nominations and only complete nominations will be considered. Nominations move forward for consideration as a group, as soon as the nomination process closes. In fairness to the cohort of Prize Nominees, late or incomplete 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 complete nominations received by the announced deadline will be acknowledged by email, to all members of the nominating team, including the Nominee.

When will we know the outcome?

First round of nominations for the Prize will open in May. The Prize recipient will be announced in January. 

Can we re-nominate our candidate?

Yes. A Nominee may be presented a maximum of three times in any given five-year period. We strongly advise that the nomination be updated so that The Prize can be made aware of the recent accomplishments of your Nominee.

Are there restrictions on The Prize money?

The Prize comes with a $100,000 award. The individual or individuals who receive The Prize have sole discretion as to how the funds will be used. Please note that The Prize is awarded to the individual or individuals not their organization.


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