The Charles Bronfman Prize Issues International Call for 2014 Nominations

New York – Nov. 1, 2013 –The Charles Bronfman Prizetoday announced a call for nominations for its 2014 award, which each year recognizes a visionary young humanitarian who is fueled by Jewish values to create global impact and inspire generations to come. Marking one decade honoring Jewish humanitarians and elevating the power of bold ideas to change lives, the Prize celebrates the accomplishment of an individual or team, under the age of 50, whose work has a significant impact on the world’s most pressing challenges.

The Prize was established in 2004 by Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Stephen Bronfman, together with their spouses, Andrew Hauptman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman, to honor their father, his values, and his commitment to young people and their potential as change makers.

Since then, the Prize has received almost 500 nominations, identifying candidates in 28 countries on six continents and representing the full range of humanitarian efforts in such fields as social justice, healthcare, medicine and science, environmentalism, education, human rights, veterans’ welfare and disability rights.

“The 2014 Prize laureate will cap the Prize’s first decade recognizing, applauding and encouraging the significant and wide-ranging impact of missions driven by Jewish values,” the Prize Founders said in a joint statement.

“Our father taught us that innovative and bold ideas, empowered by a vision of changing lives and improving the world, can transform realities. The Prize itself and the standards for nomination acknowledge his lifelong support of positive change and are a tribute to his ongoing legacy.”

An internationally recognized panel of judges will select the 2014 Prize recipient and present the award next fall. The panel is searching for candidates – an individual or group of individuals – with a vision for positive world change and a vehicle to deliver discernible results.

Nominations will be evaluated according to that criteria and should include:

  • Individuals or teams as creators of a vision upon which an organization is based;
  • Nominees who have not reached their 50th birthday by the close of the nomination period on January 15, 2014;
  • Next generation leaders who have a vision for change that will better the world in a meaningful way;
  • Nominees who have created a mechanism for acting on their vision in ways that deliver measurable results;
  • Nominees who exhibit innovation, leadership and impact in their chosen field;
  • Nominees whose Jewish values and universal regard for humanity inspire and serve as a model for future generations.

“It is a privilege to read of remarkable young nominees representing a wide range of humanitarian endeavors and each of them making change not only on the ground around the world, but also through their inspiration to younger generations,” said James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank, on behalf of the Prize judges. “We look forward to learning about these outstanding humanitarians and bringing attention to their accomplishments.”

The 2014 recipient will join a growing fellowship of Prize laureates who now, at the 10-year point of the Prize, represent a body of continuing and growing impact and inspiration across the globe.

Past recipients include Jay Feinberg, Founder and Executive Director of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation; Dr. Alon Tal, Founder of Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; Dr. Amitai Ziv, Founder and Director of the Israel Center for Medical Simulation; Rachel Andres, Founder and Director of Jewish World Watch’s Solar Cooker Project; Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, Co-Founders of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP); Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint; Jared Genser, Founder and President of Freedom Now; Karen Tal, former principal of the Bialik-Rogozin Campus and co-founder of The Educational Initiatives Center in Israel; Eric Greitens, Founder and CEO of The Mission Continues; and Eric Rosenthal, Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International.

The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2014. Guidelines and forms for nomination may be downloaded at

About The Charles Bronfman Prize

The Charles Bronfman Prize celebrates the vision and endeavor of an individual or team under the age of 50 whose humanitarian work is inspired by Jewish values and whose accomplishments are of universal benefit. The Prize brings public recognition to their work and impact, providing inspiration to the next generations. An internationally recognized panel of Judges selects the Prize recipient(s) and bestows an award of $100,000.

The Charles Bronfman Prize Foundation, a United States 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in New York, administers the Prize. For more information about Charles Bronfman, The Prize or prior recipients and their accomplishments, please visit

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