John W. Gardner Leadership Award

Fatima Goss Graves Named 2020 Gardner Award Recipient

Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. She also is among the co-founders of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, an initiative that aims to help workers connect with lawyers and bring cases of workplace sexual harassment and related retaliation — regardless of industry, rank, or role.

During Upswell 2020, October 14-16, Independent Sector will honor Goss Graves with the 2020 John W. Gardner Leadership Award in recognition of her groundbreaking work to advance the rights of women and girls. Learn more at upswell.org.

About the Award

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 quality of life on our planet.

2019
Sherry Salway Black
(Oglala Lakota)
First People’s Fund

2018
Angela Glover Blackwell
PolicyLink

2017
Rosanne Haggerty
Community Solutions

2016
Bryan Stevenson
Equal Justice Initiative

2015
Michael Brown
City Year

2014
Alberto Ibargüen
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

2013
Constance Rice
Advancement Project

2012
Jeff Skoll
Skoll Foundation

2011
Bill Drayton
Ashoka

2010
General Colin Powell
America’s Promise Alliance

2010
Alma Powell
America’s Promise Alliance

2009
Geoffrey Canada
Harlem Children’s Zone

2008
Robert Greenstein
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

2007
Susan V. Berresford
The Ford Foundation

2006
Johnnetta B. Cole
Bennett College for Women, Smithsonian Museum of African Art

2005
Ronald Grzywinski
Shorebank Corporation

2004
Raul Yzaguirre
National Council of La Raza
(now UnidosUS)

2003
Robert L. Payton
Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University

2002
Harris Wofford
America’s Promise

2001
Rebecca L. Adamson
First Nations Development Institute

2000
Dorothy Stoneman
YouthBuild U.S.A.

1999
Lois Gibbs
Center for Health, Environment and Justice