The Charles Bronfman Prize Announces Call for Nominations

The Charles Bronfman Prize is now accepting nominations for the 2011 award cycle. The Prize celebrates the vision and endeavor of an individual or team of individuals, under fifty years of age, whose humanitarian work is of universal benefit to all people. Its goal is to bring public recognition to dynamic, young innovators from around the world, whose Jewish values infuse their humanitarian accomplishments, providing inspiration for generations to come.

Nominations will be accepted between November 1, 2010 and January 14, 2011. The required nomination forms and guidelines for the process are available for download from An internationally recognized panel of Judges will select the Prize recipient(s) and bestow an award of $100,000 in the fall of 2011.

Last week, Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director of Mapendo International and Jared Genser, Founder and President of Freedom Now, were each presented with The Charles Bronfman Prize for 2010 for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of Human Rights at an award ceremony in New York City.

Mr. Chanoff and Mr. Genser join a growing fellowship of young Jewish innovators who are achieving global impact through their humanitarian endeavors. Previous recipients of the Prize are Jay Feinberg, Founder and Executive Director of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation; Dr. Alon Tal, Founder of Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; Dr. Amitai Ziv, Founder and Director of the Israel Center for Medical Simulation; Rachel Andres, Founder and Director of Jewish World Watch’s Solar Cooker Project and Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, Co-Founders of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP).

Six years ago, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Andrew Hauptman together with Stephen Bronfman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman presented the first Prize to honor their father, and the values he has lived by throughout his life. Over the years, nominators from distinguished international institutions in both public and private sectors have helped identify accomplished nominees whose purpose deserves attention and respect, and serves to inspire others. Judges have considered hundreds of qualified nominations from around the globe – young women and men whose diverse range of humanitarian efforts include ground-breaking applications of alternative energy, co-existence, conflict resolution, education, environmental initiatives, human rights, medicine and science, and social justice.

The Charles Bronfman Prize Foundation, a United States 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in New York, administers the Prize. For more information about Charles Bronfman, The Prize or prior recipients and their accomplishments, please visit