Changemakers from all walks are doing great things to build a better world. And we bet you have a favorite whose body of work to make transformative community change warrants consideration for our sector’s highest honor.
We encourage you to nominate your personal hero for the 2020 John W. Gardner Leadership Award – now through Friday, April 17!
Independent Sector presents the Gardner award each year to an extraordinary social sector champion whose body of work exemplifies the vision and ideals of John W. Gardner — statesman, educator, and IS founder.
Our 2019 winner was Sherry Salway Black, a member of the Oglala Lakota nation and standard-bearer for Indian Country self-determination, asset building, community investment, and cultural revitalization for more than four decades.
Other award recipients are trailblazers on other pressing social challenges, including Angela Glover Blackwell (2018), founder of PolicyLink; Rosanne Haggerty (2017), President and CEO, Community Solutions; and Bryan Stevenson (2016), Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and subject of the Academy Award-nominated movie, Just Mercy. Find out more about our outstanding Gardner Award winners.
The award winner will receive the John W. Gardner Leadership Award this fall at Upswell 2020.
It’s important to submit your nomination without your candidate’s knowledge, so mum’s the word. And remember, the nomination period closes Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST.