The Charles Bronfman Prize Now Accepting Nominations for 2020

NEW YORK, November 1, 2019 – The Charles Bronfman Prize announced its worldwide call for nominations for its 2020 Prize. The $100,000 annual award is presented to an individual or team whose innovative humanitarian work, fueled by Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.

Nominations are open from November 1, 2019 until January 17, 2020. Nomination forms and guidelines can be found on the Prize website. An international panel of judges will select the 2020 Prize to be announced in fall, 2020.

The Prize was founded as a gift to Charles Bronfman on his 70th birthday, given by his children and their spouses as a tribute to the values and innovative spirit that have served as a compass throughout his life. The Prize celebrates the inspiration and impact of humanitarians under 50 whose endeavors inspire future generations.

“We seek to identify changemakers whose work has a positive impact on the world,” notes Ellen Bronfman Hauptman on behalf of the Prize Founders.
The global impact of the Charles Bronfman Prize laureates encompasses diverse issues such as the environment, immigration, medicine, education, humanitarian relief, human rights, and the arts.

Prize laureates have attained further notable recognition. Last year, for example, Rebecca Heller, director and co-founder of International Refugee Assistance Project and 2015 Prize recipient, was named a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow, and Sasha Chanoff, 2010 Prize awardee, founder and executive director of RefugePoint, received the Schwab Foundation / World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and earlier this year Israeli author Etgar Keret, 2016 Prize recipient, won Israel’s most prestigious literary award, the Sapir Prize.

“Each of the Prize laureates has a special spark. They approach their work with humility, passion and leadership.” Charles Bronfman notes.

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The Charles Bronfman Prize Foundation, a United States 501(c(3) corporation, administers the Prize.

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