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Nominate a courageous person for the Freedom From Fear Award!


Guest Blogger • Jan 20, 2011

Geri Mannion, director of the U.S. Democracy Program at Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Taryn Higashi, executive director of Unbound Philanthropy, received the Council on Foundations’ Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking in 2009 for their work on the Four Freedoms Fund. The Four Freedoms Fund is a collaborative fund that has invested more than $30 million since 2003 in more than 85 grantees working in 33 states to protect immigrants against abuses, promote humane immigration policies, engage newcomers in civic life and build bridges between receiving communities and new residents.

The Schrivner Award came with a $10,000 cash prize,but Mannion and Higashi opted not to spend the money themselves.  Instead they used the prize to establish the Freedom From Fear Award, a national award that honors ordinary people who commit extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of immigrants and refugees.

Fifteen individuals that have contributed to the immigrant rights movement will be chosen to receive the award and a $5,000 prize in Spring 2011.

The criteria for deciding the recipient of the award is broken into four categories:

  • How has the nominee demonstrated extraordinary courage on behalf of immigrants and refugees?
  • What kind of risk (e.g. physical, professional, economic or social) has the nominee exposed himself or herself to, and how has he or she coped with these risks?
  • How has the nominee’s example inspired others to awareness or action?
  • How long the nominee has been active in their work.

Nominations, which began in September 2010 and close on February 28, are open to the public. If you know someone who has excelled in promoting immigrant rights, you can nominate that person here.

Or, if you would like to make a donation to the Freedom From Fear Award you may do so here.

Nominate an extraordinary person today!

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