The 2016 Discount Legacy Award Nominations Are Open!

The nominations are now open for the first annual Discount Legacy Award. Jobs With Justice Education Fund and the Neighborhood Funders Group recently launched the Discount Legacy Award Program to honor and support an exemplary individual from the worker justice movement. The selected awardee will be granted a $20,000 stipend, providing them with the flexibility to expand on their work.

The Discount Legacy Award Program is supported by the Discount Foundation, a foundation founded on making economic opportunity an achievable reality for all, especially underpaid Americans and communities of color. Through almost four decades of grantmaking, the foundation supported community organizing groups across the country working with people living in poverty and struggling to sustain their families to improve their communities and lives. The Discount Foundation officially closed its doors in 2015. To extend the work and legacy of the Discount Foundation and further its vision for worker justice organizing, the foundation created the Discount Legacy Award Program.

To be eligible for consideration for the award, a nominee must be on staff at an organization engaged directly in organizing workers – this could be a union, a worker center or a community organization that includes worker organizing in its activities. Volunteers and non-paid staff of these organizations are also eligible to apply if their primary engagement with the organization is around advancing worker justice organizing campaigns.

The winner of the 2016 Discount Legacy Award will be honored at the Jobs With Justice Education Fund’s 12th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration on February 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.  

To learn more about the eligibility and nomination process, please see our FAQs here. You can also access the online nomination form here.


All nominations must be received by 11:59p.m. PST on January 10, 2015.


Please consider nominating a deserving individual and forwarding this announcement to your colleagues and networks to spread the word about this special leadership opportunity.