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. 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. Organizations that have any doubt about a potential conflict of interest are asked to err on the side of caution and contact us so that we may respond quickly to provide guidance on your eligibility to apply.
A variety of situations, affiliations, and relationships may create potential conflicts of interest for the Prize. Some examples of potential conflicts of interest that would need to be reviewed include, but are not limited to: The applicant organization’s current staff or board member directly involved with the Lipman Family Prize selection process within the last 5 years; the applicant organization’s current affiliation with anyone in Wharton’s McNulty Leadership Program office or Wharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management (ie. family member, or serving on the organization’s board); or an organization has a current University of Pennsylvania professor or administrator actively working to advance the work of the 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 five years, applicants that have reached the semi-finalist stage (top 10-15 organizations) have been represented by a wide range of organizational profiles, with these statistical centers:
Median Organizational Budget: $2.6 million USD (ranging from just under $1M USD to around $10M USD)
Median Organizational Age: 11 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.
While the Lipman Family Prize does not have an eligibility ceiling for organizational budget size, organizations with annual operating budgets greater than $10M are encouraged to e-mail us directly at email@example.com to determine your organization’s alignment with the Prize before applying.