American Express NGen Leadership Award

Stacy Stout is the recipient of the 2018 American Express NGen Leadership Award.

Presented annually since 2010, the award recognizes one emerging changemaker 40 or under who has demonstrated transformative social impact through collaborative leadership. American Express is also the lead sponsor of the American Express NGen Fellows Program, which offers emerging nonprofit and philanthropic leaders opportunities to strengthen their capacity for future impact.

“Stacy is a shining example of the tremendously talented group of emerging professionals in the nonprofit sector who are creating real, lasting change in communities around the country,” said Dan Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, in a press release. “It is particularly meaningful that Stacy is the first award recipient to be honored at our inaugural Upswell, with its focus on the power of collaboration among changemaking professionals to identify new ideas and approaches to address society’s challenges.”

Stacy’s selection for the award is an acknowledgement of her outstanding efforts to honor the work and sacrifice of her ancestors through community organizing and creating spaces where people of color can heal and tap into their own power to work together to advance systems of change.

Learn more about Stacy.

Learn more about the finalists.

The application period for the 2018 American Express NGen Leadership Award closed Friday, May 25.

We hope you’ll join us at Upswell this November in Los Angeles to meet finalists and honor the 2018 awardee!

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Who is eligible for the award?

The American Express NGen Leadership Award honors a highly accomplished charitable community leader age 40 or under who has demonstrated significant impact. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be age 40 or under at the time of application
  • Be a changemaker who has demonstrated transformative social impact through collaborative leadership
  • Reside in the United States (nominees may work or be affiliated with an organization that works internationally or has a globally focused mission)

Note: Independent Sector membership is not required to submit a nomination or to be eligible for consideration for the award.

What criteria are used to select finalists?

  1. Evidence of transformative or significant impact in a community or issue area.
  2. Proven ability to collaborate with other changemakers on action-oriented projects in innovative and inclusive ways.
  3. Proactive identification of need and assessment of progress toward goal.
  4. Demonstrated leadership qualities and dedication to advancing the common good.

What is the nomination process?

If you know a changemaker deserving of the American Express NGen Leadership Award, please complete this short nomination form. Nominees will then receive an email with more information about the award and a link to the application.

Note: Nominees must complete an application to be considered for the award.

What is the application process?

The application includes some basic background questions about the nominated changemaker, and an essay describing the applicant’s work as a transformative and collaborative leader. A letter of recommendation is required, and we also ask that you include a resumé or link to your LinkedIn profile. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 ET on Friday, May 25, 2018.

How are finalists selected?

Submissions will be reviewed by Independent Sector staff and an outside panel of prominent national leaders. Applicants will be notified of their selection status during summer 2018, and six finalists will be invited to share their mission and vision through short videos on the Upswell website. Public voting and engagement will take place in late summer, and all six finalists will be our guests at Upswell, where the winner will be announced.

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NGen Award Winners


Sarah Eagle Heart
Native Americans in Philanthropy

Diana Nambatya Nsubuga
Global Health Corps

Julieta Garibay
United We Dream

Sarah Kastelic
National Indian Child Welfare Association


Sarah Johnson
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute of Music

Jeff Edmondson

Ai-jen Poo
National Domestic Workers Alliance

Darell Hammond

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