The John W. Gardner Leadership Award was established in 1985 to honor outstanding Americans who exemplify the leadership and the ideals of John W. Gardner (1912-2002), American statesman and founding chair of Independent Sector. Independent Sector presents the award each year to an individual whose leadership in or with the nonprofit community has been transformative and who has mobilized and unified people, institutions, or causes that improve the community of life on our planet.
For 2017, and because last year’s candidates were so stellar, we have decided not to solicit new nominees and instead re-nominate the 2016 candidates. We have formed a new committee so a new set of eyes will be reviewing these nominations. Our award committee is currently re-imagining the Gardner Award for 2018, so please be on the lookout for a whole new application process.