The Beacon Awards

Supporting change-makers to build on and expand promising solutions

The Lipman Family Prize Beacon Award recognizes the leadership of previous Lipman Family Prize honorees shaping and advancing the conversation on effective models and practice in the social sector.

The Beacon Awards will constitute a special awarding in 2020. The hope of this new and unique award structure is to incentivize Lipman Prize honorees to share innovative ideas and connect with others leading cutting-edge change.


The Beacon Awards will be presented in 2020. Only Lipman Family Prize honorees named between 2012-2017* will be invited to apply for the Beacon Awards. There will be $500,000 available for distribution among the two Beacon Award recipients ($250,000 each). Depending on the success of the Beacon Awards in 2020, the Lipman Family Prize would be prepared to offer this special award again in the future.


The Lipman Family Prize will engage its community of honorees to gather input regarding the criteria to be used for the Beacon Award. Significant research has already been done in this area. However, the Lipman Family Prize recognizes that the transfer of knowledge and practices between social sector organizations presents significant challenges. Respecting that fact, the Lipman Family Prize has decided to engage the practitioners in its community to inform this award affecting them. The Beacon Award criteria will be made public by the summer of 2019.

*Lipman Family Prize honorees include both the winning organization and the other two honorees announced each year for the Lipman Family Prize.