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William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achivement in Social Entreprenuership Winners

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“Private philanthropy and the organizations it supports are part of the life-blood of America—aiding and uplifting those in need, identifying and addressing problems which others, including government, have not yet even recognized.” — Howard Husock

The Simon Prize recognizes lifetime achievement in social entrepreneurship and carries with it a $100,000 honorarium. Named for the one-time secretary of the Treasury and pioneer private equity fund leader, the Prize has been awarded to those who have followed in the footsteps of such great American historical figures as Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross and Jane Addams, founder of Hull House, inspiration for hundreds of early 20th-century settlement houses for immigrants.

THE 2017 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

Detective Steven McDonald
New York Police Department
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THE 2016 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

Chris Andersen
TED, Curator

THE 2015 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

Norman Atkins
Relay Graduate School of Education
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THE 2014 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

Salman Khan
Khan Academy
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THE 2013 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C.
Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE)
South Bend, IN

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THE 2012 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

Brian Lamb
C-SPAN
Washington, DC

THE 2011 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

Geoffrey Canada
Harlem Children's Zone
New York, NY

THE 2010 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNERS

Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman
The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, Co-founders
New York, NY

THE 2009 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNERS

Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin
KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program)
San Francisco, CA

THE 2008 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

George T. McDonald
The Doe Fund, Inc., Ready, Willing & Able Program
New York, NY

McDonald founded The Doe Fund in 1990 with a mission to develop and implement programs that break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism. George McDonald built an impressive organization and changed the way the problem of homelessness is understood, going far beyond the provision of shelter to help former street people and prisoners regain their self-respect and become productive citizens.

THE 2007 WILLIAM E. SIMON PRIZE AWARD WINNER

Daniel A. Biederman
Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Str. Partnership
New York, NY

Almost entirely without recourse to government funds, Daniel Biederman turned Bryant Park from a crime-ridden drug market into New York's town square The Bryant Park Corporation, which he founded and runs, is a model for hundreds of other public space renovations and creations around the world.

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Questions about the Social Entrepreneurship Awards can be directed to Carolyn Gorman at cgorman@manhattan-institute.org

 

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