The Jefferson Awards Foundation was created in 1972 by the American Institute for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards are given at both national and local levels. Local winners are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition. Local winners come from national networks of "Media Partners" and "Corporate Champions", and from the associated "Students In Action", Lead360 and GlobeChangers programs. The Jefferson Awards Foundation is led by its Executive Director, Hillary Schafer, its President, Sam Beard, and its Chairman, Joseph N. Sanberg, in conjunction with the Foundation's Board of Governors.
The awards are presented each year during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., during the third week in June, where a broad array of honorees are recognized. Also recognized are organizations – companies that represent the pinnacle in corporate citizenship and schools that best reflect the Jeffersonian ideals of citizen involvement.
In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Samuel Beard founded the Jefferson Awards for Public Service to establish a Nobel Prize for public and community service. The Jefferson Awards is led by the Board of Selectors who choose the national winners and oversee the activities of the organization. Co-founder Sam Beard is currently the President & CEO.
The Jefferson Awards Foundation is a non-profit organization that "recognizes, inspires and activates volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America." The Institute was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard.
Board of Selectors include:
The Jefferson Awards has over 125 partners in more than 70 communitie.
In 2006, the Jefferson Awards began inviting corporations, colleges and universities, local governments and non-profits to become Jefferson Awards Champions. Champions recognize outstanding employee volunteers and encourage other employees and retirees to volunteer.
These are cause-marketing partnerships based on bottom-line considerations. Champions join the Jefferson Awards to create a co-branded program that helps them recruit new employees, retain existing employees, and build teamwork and customer loyalty.
The list of "champions" includes: Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Inc., Allstate Insurance, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Aramark, Deloitte, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Eli Lilly, National Grid, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Adobe, AstraZeneca, the University of Toledo, Conseco, the State of Delaware, ReedSmith, Exelon, RCI, Macy’s, Heinz, Highmark, and others.
Each champion presents a Jefferson Award to an outstanding employee volunteer every month. One outstanding volunteer and the program manager are honored at the National Jefferson Awards Ceremonies in Washington, DC in June.
To help further the goal of reaching over 3 million students, the Jefferson Awards has formed partnerships with national organizations to help initiate service and pass volunteerism onto the next generation.
The Jefferson Awards has a formal partnership with the United States Senate as a result of U.S. Senate Resolution 461, passed June 2, 2006. Senate sponsors included Joseph Biden, Richard Durbin, Trent Lott, and Richard Lugar.
The Jefferson Awards created a National Report on Volunteerism and presented it to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.
The Jefferson Awards used these assets and outreach to make a specific focused annual report to the U.S. Senate and the White House on volunteerism and community building.
U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Outstanding Public Service By An Elected or Appointed Official
S. Roger Horchow Award for Outstanding Public Service by A Private Citizen
Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged
Samuel S. Beard Award for Outstanding Public Service by An Individual 35 Years or Under
Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete
Lifetime Achievement in Public Service
Outstanding National or Global Service by a Young American Twenty-Five Years or Under
Outstanding Public Service by a Corporation
|1973||Henry Kissinger||John W. Gardner||Cesar Chavez||Joseph A. Yablonski|
|1974||Elliot Richardson||Ralph Nader||Thomas Szasz||Maynard Jackson|
|1975||Peter W. Rodino Jr.||Katharine Graham||Rev. Leon Sullivan||R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.|
|1976||Arthur F. Burns, Alan Greenspan, William E. Simon||John D. Rockefeller, III||Rev. Theodore Hesburgh||Vilma S. Martinez|
|1977||Michael Mansfield||Art Buchwald||Howard Rusk||Max Cleland|
|1978||Hubert H. Humphrey||Paul Mellon||Jerry Lewis||Bernard Powell|
|1979||Kenneth Gibson, William Donald Schaefer, Coleman A. Young||Howard Jarvis||Jesse Jackson||Denis Hayes|
|1980||Cyrus R. Vance||Norman Borlaug||Allard Lowenstein||US Olympic Hockey Team|
|1981||Warren Christopher||Walter Cronkite||Marva Collins||David Stockman|
|1982||Howard H. Baker||Bob Hope||Claude Pepper||Henry Cisneros|
|1983||Paul A. Volcker||Kirk Douglas||Helen Hayes||Jan Scruggs|
|1984||William H. Webster||J. Peter Grace||Maude E. Callen||Sally Ride|
|1985||James A. Baker, III||Lee Iacocca||Betty Ford||Trevor Ferrell
Mary Beth Tober
|1986||George P. Shultz||H. Ross Perot||Eugene Lang||Robert Hayes|
|1987||Justice William J. Brennan||Irving Brown||Ginetta Sagan||Steven Jobs|
|1988||C. Everett Koop||James W. Rouse||Fr. Bruce Ritter||Marlee Matlin|
|1989||Paul Nitze||Leo Cherne||Kimi Gray||Marc Buoniconti|
|1990||General Colin Powell||Jimmy Carter||Jaime Escalante||Anne Donahue|
|1991||Dick Cheney||Robert C. Macauley||Marian Wright Edelman||Wendy Kopp|
|1992||Justice Thurgood Marshall||Faye Wattleton||Eunice Shriver||Michael Brown and Alan Khazei|
|1993||Carla Hills||James Burke||Arthur Ashe||Mary Taylor|
|1994||George Mitchell, Bob Michel||Jim and Sarah Brady||Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward||Wayne Meisel|
|1995||Justice Harry Blackmun||Walter H. Annenberg||Barbara Bush||Stacey Bess|
|1996||Sam Nunn||Brian Lamb||Rosalynn Carter||Andrea Jaeger|
|1997||Robert Dole||Nancy Brinker||Oseola McCarty||Michael Danziger|
|1998||Robert Rubin||Oprah Winfrey||Thaddeus S. Lott, Sr.||Bobby Jindal|
|1999||Daniel Patrick Moynihan||Elizabeth Dole||Millard Fuller||Anthony Shriver|
|2000||John Glenn||Elayne Bennett||Benjamin Carson, M.D.||Faith Hill|
|2001||Madeleine Albright||Ted Benna||Dorothy Height||Lance Armstrong|
|2002||Rudolph Giuliani||Lilly Tartikoff||Bill and Melinda Gates||Chad Pregracke||Ray Chambers|
|2003||Condoleezza Rice||Anne Douglas||Mathilde Krim||Matthew Meyer|
|2004||Justice Sandra Day O'Connor||Ken Burns||Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth||Kristen Lodal and Brian Kreiter|
|2005||Lee H. Hamilton, Thomas H. Kean||Vartan Gregorian||Dave Pelzer||Benjamin Shuldiner|
|2006||John Lewis||Michael Feinberg and David Levin||I. King Jordan||Peyton Manning|
|2007||Richard Daley||Jeffrey Sachs||Geoffrey Canada||Lindsay Hyde|
|2008||Joe Lieberman||Edward Jagen||Darell Hammond||Ocean Robbins|
|2009||Edward Kennedy||Greg Mortenson, Pamela Hawley||William (Bill) E. Milliken||Jennifer Staple|
|2010||Michael R. Bloomberg, Cory A. Booker||Paul Farmer, M.D.||Jim Gibbons||Tad Skylar Agoglia||Nnamdi Asomugha, Tyrus Thomas, Curtis Gunderson, Stuart Holden, Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Justin Tuck, Lauryn Williams, Venus Williams, Ryan Zimmerman||Marlo Thomas||Ellie Duke, Katherine Foronda, Ted Gonder, Dallas Jessup, Emma Lindle, Tristan Love, Jessie Mintz, Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, Joe Tigani, Kelly Voigt|
|2011||Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg||Bill Shore||Jerry M. Reinsdorf||Brittany and Robbie Bergquist||Drew Brees, Tamika Catchings, Stephen Curry, Warrick Dunn, Brad Davis, Ernie Els, Ryan Hall, Paul Pierce, CC Sabathia, Brian Westbrook||Sicomac Elementary School - Student Council, Sashin Choksh, Morgan Hartley, Greg Nance, Nick Hebert, Patrick Ip, Talia Leman, Sarah Nuss, Mordecai Scott, Jessica Singer, Tyrone Stevenson, Vanessa Strickland||Prudential Financial, Starkey Laboratories, Inc.|
|2012||David H. Petraeus||Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis||Richard Proudfit||Amber Lynn Coffman||Marty Lyons, Troy Vincent ||Robert De Niro||Pfizer|
|2013||Tom Coburn, Patrick Leahy||Elie Wiesel||Dolores Huerta||Neilesh Patel||Mark Ein||General Electric|
|2014||Gabrielle Giffords||Charles Best, | Andrew Shue||Pedro Jose Greer||Jack Andraka, Ryan Patrick||Mariano Rivera, James Thrash||Tom Brokaw||Maria Keller, Lillian Pravda||Weyerhaeuser|
|2015||Sonia Sotomayor||Jeffrey Skoll, | Ivan Hageman||Adam Braun||Lauren Bush ||Fred Jackson,||Robby Novak & Brad Montague of Kid President Corinne Hindes & Katrine Kirsebom of Warm Winters ||Target Corporation|
The American Institute for Public Service created the Jefferson Awards in 1972, honoring those who have dedicated time to public service.
For example, the Jefferson Awards for Public Service are sponsored by media outlets, and awards are given at the local and national levels. The award consists of a specially designed medal and media publicity for the cause of the recipient.
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