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.
National Council of La Raza
Robert L. Payton
Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University
Rebecca L. Adamson
First Nations Development Institute
Center for Health, Environment and Justice