The Manhattan Institute’s Social Entrepreneurship Awards honor nonprofit leaders who have founded innovative private organizations to help address some of America’s most pressing social problems. The awards include two prizes. The first, the William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship, is presented to a leader who has been both demonstrably effective and widely influential. An honorarium of $100,000 accompanies the Simon Prize.
The Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship is given each year to up to five organizations that have demonstrated both effectiveness and the promise of significant impact. A prize of $25,000 is presented to the organization founded or led by the award winner.