JBL Awards for Excellence in Public Advocacy
The application period for 2011 is now closed. Return soon for updates on the 2011 award winners.
The "JBLs" seek to recognize individuals who have exhibited a deep commitment to the public interest and whose work demonstrates innovative approaches to social change.
An ideal nominee would be someone who has sought to share their experiences and findings with as wide an audience as possible, and who has worked to bridge the gap between those at the grassroots level and those who make policy. The nominees should be chosen for a body of work, rather than a specific accomplishment, and they should be respected not only by peers, but also by fellow workers and employees.
Jane Bagley Lehman was one of the founders of the Tides Foundation in 1976, and the Chair of the Board until her death in 1988. An unconventional philanthropist, her insatiable curiosity was matched by a willingness to take risks. Jane was most intrigued by the approaches and strategies of advocates and organizers and their willingness to challenge traditional assumptions. She also cared deeply that the results of these efforts be translated into the broader area of public policy.
It is in this spirit that the Jane Bagley Lehman Awards for Excellence in Public Advocacy were established. It is our hope that the awards will reflect Jane’s spirit as well as her commitment to issues of social justice.
2011 Awards - Catalyzing Community Action in the Gulf
The 2011 JBL Awards is seeking to honor grassroots advocates who are working to catalyze community action in the Gulf. Eligible nominees are activists who are working at both a local level and collaborating with others to:
Bring the community together in the spirit of understanding and supporting each other so that the stories and issues facilitate recovery and action;
Continue to hold all responsible parties accountable for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the devastating after-effects; and
Pursue full and truthful information from the corporations and government with the goal of ensuring that disasters of this kind and scale are properly addressed and prevented.
Nominations are due no later than Thursday, December 1, 2011.
Read more about the 2011 awards and download a nomination form.