Deadline: June 15, 2016
Nominations are now accepted for the Third Annual Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards. The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards is a not-for-profit program that gives financial awards to everyday heroes who are making the world a better place for women and children, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform and esteem. These awards honor the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe.
About the Awards
The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards were designed to recognize the spirit and values of Roslyn Jaffe. In 1962 along with her husband Elliot Jaffe, they co-founded dressbarn. Since then the Jaffes, along with their family, have built a successful multi-brand enterprise. Dressbarn is now one of five brands in the Ascena family. Mrs. Jaffe’s support for women in the workplace coupled with her appreciation for family and community have created a caring environment that embodies the values that were in place during the early years of the company. These Awards aim to recognize promising individuals that demonstrate her values in an effort to help women and children across the country.
Three applicants will receive a grant from The Ascena Foundation. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 for their organization, and two runners-up will each receive $25,000 grant for their Program.
Anyone who is at least eighteen (18) years old may nominate an individual in this Contest.
Nominees in this Contest must be:
- Legal residents of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia,
- At least eighteen (18) years old on the date of nomination in this Contest, and
- The creator or founder of a social impact organization (“Organization”) that:
- Is either (i) a legal entity that has itself received and maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service throughout the entire Contest (including, as applicable, the prize fulfillment process) or (ii) holds a formalized, written fiscal-sponsorship arrangement with a legal entity that has received and maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service throughout the entire Contest (including, as applicable, the prize fulfillment process) (“Fiscal Sponsor”),
- Is independent and autonomous and must not be substantially supported by, or serve the purpose of promoting, religious or political organizations or beliefs (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion). Nominee must be the Organization’s principal decision maker in management and development matters. Organizations that were started under the direction of an existing third-party organization (i.e., any entity other than the Organization created by the Nominee) do not meet this requirement and are ineligible in this Contest. (Organizations with a Fiscal Sponsor may still be considered autonomous and satisfy this requirement as determined by Sponsor in its discretion.),
- Is U.S.-based, and
- Has a primary objective related to improving health, education, or esteem or to social reform and benefiting low- and middle-income women and/or children in the U.S.
Nominees who meet the eligibility requirements and complete the application process will be evaluated by a panel of judges, chosen by Sponsor, who will apply the following criteria according to the percentage weights indicated:
- High impact – The Program’s work has resulted in clear benefits for women and/or children in the United States and has the potential for further benefits (36%).
- Serving Those in Need – The Program focuses on lower-to-middle class populations as beneficiaries (20%).
- Unique Approach – The Program has an innovative and entrepreneurial approach that addresses a challenge and tackles risk in a unique way (14%).
- Off the Grid – At the time when nominations are evaluated in this contest, the Program are not widely known, nor does the Organization already have large partnerships or grants. (12%).
- Scalable – The Program can be expanded/replicated and applied to other locations (18%).
How to Participate
Entry into this Contest requires completion of a two-step process:
- receipt of a Nomination; Yes, you can nominate yourself and/or a family member. Nomination forms are available at www.jaffeawards.com and paper nominations forms are available from most dressbarn, Lane Bryant, Catherine’s Catherines, maurices, or Justice retail locations.
- submission of an Application
For more information, visit Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards.