We encourage organizations from around the globe to apply. We look for organizations that have a proven effective service model and capacity for growth. While the organization should be building a track record of success, it may not yet have gained significant recognition. For the winner, this Prize brings its work to a larger audience, attracts new potential donors, and provides resources that will help scale the work or improve organizational sustainability. Organizations do not have to operate outside of their home country to win the Prize. We also equally encourage applicants serving areas of North America to apply along with those from other regions of the globe.
Relationship with the University of Pennsylvania
The Lipman Family Prize is awarded by the University of Pennsylvania. Given this, we monitor applications for potential conflicts of interest and preexisting relationships to the University that would diminish the potential impact of the Prize’s non-monetary benefits. Organizations that have direct existing relationships with University departments, staff, students or faculty are asked to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to assess whether the organization is eligible. A direct existing relationship does not include University alumni, former staff, or former faculty who serve in a professional or volunteer capacity for the applicant organization.
Lipman Family Prize Honorees (the top three organizations each year) are ineligible to reapply for the Prize. Semifinalists (the top ten to fifteen organizations) from the previous application year must wait at least one year before reapplying.
Over the past three years, applicants that have reached the semifinalist stage (top 10-15 organizations) have been represented by a wide range of organizational profiles, with these statistical centers:
Median Organizational Budget: $1.3 million USD
Median Organizational Age: 9 years
These numbers, along with our Honoree Profiles, offer prospective applicants a sense of the types of organizations that perform well in the Lipman Family Prize application cycle. We recommend that organizations review this information before submitting an application for the Prize.