How To Apply

Application Process

The 2020 Prize application is now closed. The 2021 Prize application will open on July 1, 2020. This first phase of the application includes essay questions, organizational profile information, and the submission of financial documents. Applications are reviewed under the supervision of staff and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. All applicants will be notified in September whether or not they will continue to be considered in that year’s selection process. The honorees and winning organization will be announced in April 2021. The winner and honoree organizations will attend a special award ceremony and related events held at the University of Pennsylvania.

Award Components

Announced each spring at an award ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the Lipman Family Prize includes

      • A $250,000 unrestricted cash award for the winning organization and $100,000 for each of the two other honorees.
      • An ongoing partnership with the University dedicated to knowledge sharing and support of the organization. This includes promotion of their work and accomplishments in the Lipman Prize network of organizations, Penn faculty and alumni, and social impact funders.
      • Access to tuition-free executive education programs at Wharton Executive Education and the Center for Social Impact Strategy, valued at approximately $15,000.

All three honorees for the Lipman Family Prize receive the same non-monetary benefits. Together with the University of Pennsylvania, each year’s honorees will help to build new knowledge, resources, and solutions for the social sector.

Important Dates

July 1, 2020
Online Application Opens

July 28, 2020 (5:00 PM EDT)
Application Submission Deadline

September 2020
Phase 1 Notification

February 2021
Honorees Announced

April 2021
Winner Announced, Award Ceremony

Lipman Family Prize Confidentiality Statement

All materials shared with the Lipman Family Prize as part of our application process will be kept confidential. If there is a desire to share any data related to individual applicants, the Lipman Prize will make a direct request for permission.