Prize in inclusion logoThe Ruderman Family Foundation has opened the nomination period for its international Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, now in its fifth consecutive year of operation. Five individual $50,000 awards will be given to companies and organizations that operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities.

Nominating organizations for the prize can be nonprofit organizations or companies with an American nonprofit fiscal sponsor – 501(c) 3. This year, priority will be given to innovations in the fields of technology, entertainment, art and fashion, media, social businesses and advocacy.

25 organizations worldwide have been recipients of the Prize throughout its five-year history, including organizations in Russia, the U.K., United States, Mexico, Israel, South Africa, Australia, Canada and Argentina. Past winners include schools, religious places of worship, a dance company, university, bakery and an employment service.

The first stage of the application is due August 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST. Organizations that pass the first stage of the application process will receive an invitation to submit a second, more detailed stage of the application. The second stage deadline is September 12th, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST.

For more information on how to apply for a Ruderman Prize, please visit: www.rudermanfoundation.org

About: The Ruderman Prize shines a spotlight on programs and organizations whose work best exemplifies the full inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrating them as inspiration and models that could be replicated elsewhere. The Prize is a signature program of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community.

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