Discount Foundation Legacy Award
Call for Nominations
Nominations are now closed for the 2018 Award Cycle.
The Discount Foundation Legacy Award was launched in 2015 to commemorate and carry on the legacy of the Foundation’s decades-long history of supporting leading edge organizing in the worker justice arena beyond its spend down as a foundation in 2014. Created in partnership with Jobs With Justice Education Fund and the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy, the Discount Legacy Award annually identifies, supports and celebrates an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed significantly to the workers’ rights movement in the United States and/or globally.
To be eligible for the Award, a nominee must be engaged in worker justice, including but not limited to organizing and advocacy related work. Additionally, it is not necessary that nominees work in an organization or institution who mission is to advance worker justice – nominees who volunteer with or identify as member leaders at an organization are encouraged. Nominees need to be nominated by someone other than themselves. The Award is meant only for individuals. Organizations, groups of individuals or institutions are not eligible for consideration.
In addition to being publicly recognized for their remarkable contributions to the movement, the 2018 Discount Foundation Legacy Award winner will receive a $20,000 stipend to provide them with the flexibility to expand upon their professional activities and achievements in the absence of reporting requirements or other specific obligations. The winner of the 2018 Discount Foundation Legacy Award will be honored during two events: in St. Louis, MO at the Neighborhood Funders Group 2018 Conference from June 5-7, 2018, and in Washington, D.C. at the Jobs With Justice Education Fund’s 14th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration, also in June 2018.
To learn more about the eligibility requirements and nomination process, please see our FAQs.
Co-founder of Adhikaar and the New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition
Luna Ranjit’s work is rooted in the community. For more than a decade, Luna guided Adhikaar's programs, research, policy advocacy, and partnerships, building visibility and power for the emerging Nepali-speaking immigrant community. As a co-founder of the New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition, she helped lead the way for the sweeping changes to improve working conditions in the nail salon industry. She also served on the advisory board of the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salons Alliance. Luna has been quoted and featured in print and broadcast media on the issues related to workers’ rights, immigrant rights, language justice, and civic engagement. Her groundbreaking work has been recognized by many community organizations and elected officials. In 2016, she received the Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize created to support and inspire innovative social change makers throughout the world.
New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
As an organizer in New Orleans, Alfred works to win back power for structurally unemployed and underemployed Black men and women through campaigns to achieve higher wages and better standards in his community. Through Alfred’s tremendous organizing campaigns, he has helped win local hiring on post-Katrina public construction and development projects, a “Ban the Box” rule, and a living wage and paid sick leave ordinance for individuals employed under city contracts. “By sitting down and talking with other workers at the New Orleans Worker Center, I realized that we’re in this together,” Alfred said. “New Orleans won’t stop. I won’t stop. This award is bigger than I am. It’s all about doing the work on the ground. We’re shaking this world up."