Eligibility

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.
Eligibility Criteria

The Lipman Family Prize is targeted toward organizations addressing social and economic issues that are usually addressed by the Nonprofit/NGO/Civil Society sector. As a result, the majority of organizations that apply are considered “nonprofit” organizations. We expect that applicant organizations meet the following criteria in order to apply for the Prize:

  • Registered as a nonprofit in the United States or hold an equivalent incorporation status in their home country.
  • In operation for three years or more.
  • Annual operating budget of $500,000 USD or more.
  • No direct lobbying expenses to influence legislation or elections, programs with religious content, or programs that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Organizations may apply for the work of the entire organization, or for that of a specific program.  If submitting a program application, the program must meet the same basic criteria as an organizational applicant:

  • The program is part of an organization that is registered as a nonprofit in the United States or holds an equivalent incorporation status in their home country.
  • The program has been in operation for three years or more.
  • Annual program operating budget of $500,000 USD or more.
  • No direct lobbying expenses to influence legislation or elections, programs with religious content, or programs that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.

We request that organizations and their programs that do not meet these criteria refrain from applying. Any application not meeting these criteria will not be considered.

Please note: Lipman Family Prize funds cannot be redistributed by our honorees to other organizations and/or individuals.

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 lipmanprize@wharton.upenn.edu 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.

Previous Applicants

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.

Applicant Profiles

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 lipmanprize@wharton.upenn.edu to determine your organization’s alignment with the Prize before applying.