Discount Foundation Legacy Award FAQs


What is the Discount Foundation Legacy Award?

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 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 significantly contributed to the workers’ rights movement in the United States and/or globally. Awardees 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.

Am I allowed to nominate myself?

No, only nominations submitted by individuals other than the nominee will be considered.

Do you require references for the nominations submitted?

Yes, we request up to three references per nomination. All references will be contacted during the review process, so please give notice to references included in the application so they can be prepared to speak to the contributions of the nominee.

Who is eligible for this award?

At this time we are considering any individual who has been active in advancing worker organizing and/or related worker justice work. This individual can be a current staff member, former staff member, Board member, volunteer, or member of an organization or institution engaged in organizing working people – such as (but not limited to) a union, a worker center or a community organization. The awardee does not need to be the head of the organization. Individuals who have organized at their workplace are also eligible for this award.

Who is NOT eligible for this award?

Current employees of any of the participating foundations either represented on the selection committee or as funding institutions of the award program, are not eligible. Current employees of the national office of Jobs With Justice Education Fund or of the Neighborhood Funders Group are also not eligible. Only individuals will be considered for this award. Organizations, institutions or groups of individuals are NOT eligible.

What does the award entail?

The award includes a stipend of $20,000, as well as exposure of the individual and their work through events and programming hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy and Jobs With Justice Education Fund.

Are there any stipulations on what the stipend can be used for?

There are no stipulations on what the stipend can be used for. The intent of the stipend is to provide the recipient with the flexibility to expand upon their work, professional activities, and achievements. We do not require winners to submit a report or documentation on how they spend the stipend.

Where does the funding for the stipend come from?

The award was seeded and underwritten by the Discount Foundation to Neighborhood Funders Group for this program before the foundation closed down. Additional funding was provided by several Neighborhood Funders Group members, including the Ford Foundation, the Solidago Foundation, and Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.

What is the nomination process?

The award nomination process involves an online application. The award program’s Selection Committee reviews applications and selects the final winner. This committee includes diverse representatives and members of the Neighborhood Funders Group and Jobs with Justice Education Fund.

Can I nominate someone who is not from the United States?

Yes, you may nominate someone that is not a U.S. citizen and has been doing great work to advance worker justice organizing in the United States. At this time we are unable to consider nominations of individuals currently residing outside of the United States but will consider nominations of U.S. based individuals who are working on global worker justice campaigns and activities.

How many awards are presented annually?

Only one award winner will be announced each year.

When is the deadline for submitting nominations?

All Discount Award nominations must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018. (Note that the deadline has been extended.)

Can I submit additional materials (e.g., articles, photographs, etc.)?

Yes, while not required, you may submit up to two additional materials for review.

Am I allowed to submit nomination materials via mail, email, in-person drop-off, or fax?

No, all nominations must be submitted through our online nomination form. Nominations submitted outside of our online process will NOT be considered.

When and where will the winner be announced?

The winner of the 2018 Discount Legacy Award will be publicly announced and honored at two events: the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Conference in St. Louis, MO from June 5-7, 2018 and at the Jobs With Justice Education Fund Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration in Washington, D.C, also in June 2018. The winner must be present to receive their award at these events. All travel-related expenses incurred for attending these events will be covered by the Discount Foundation Legacy Award program.

How will the winner be notified?

We will notify the 2018 winner via phone and email in April 2018.