In 2019, Manhattan Institute renamed the Social Entrepreneurship Awards to the Civil Society Awards. Learn more here.
- Sister Anne Wambach, Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, Erie, PA
- Dr. Lenore Ealy, Project K.I.D., Tallahassee, FL
- Richard Liebich, Project Lead the Way, Indianapolis, IN
- Aaron Hurst, Taproot Foundation, Oakland, CA
- Amy Hamlin, Volunteers in Medicine Institute, Burlington, VT
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics, Washington, D.C.
Master of Ceremonies: Howard Husock, Director, Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, Vice President, Programs, Manhattan Institute
The Manhattan Institute Award for Social Entrepreneurship honors nonprofit leaders who have found innovative, private solutions for America’s most pressing social problems.
Throughout its history, the United States has been marked by the capacity of citizens to solve social problems through their own initiative. From Ben Franklin and his University of Pennsylvania to Clara Barton and her American Red Cross to Millard Fuller and his Habitat for Humanity, Americans have come forward to organize volunteer and nonprofit action to improve American society. Winners of this award exemplify the joyful eclecticism in America’s free civil society.