About the Award

The Waislitz Global Citizen Award, an annual cash prize of $100,000 presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen, recognizes the excellence of one individual in their work to end extreme poverty.

Recipients are selected based on individual merit in four key areas:

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the nominee embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
  • IMPACT: What is the nominee’s track record of reducing extreme poverty?
  • INNOVATION: How has the nominee brought new thinking to overcoming the challenge of ending extreme poverty?
  • POTENTIAL: How would this award enable/support the nominee to scale or improve their work? How would the nominee use the funding?

One winner will be invited to New York to attend the Global Citizen Live event on September 18, 2017 at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, where they will receive $100,000. A short video covering the winners’ work will also be shown at the Global Citizen Live event on September 18.

The winner will also receive:

  • Airfare and accommodation in New York to attend 2017 Global Citizen Live, Movement Makers, and the Global Citizen Festival the week of September 18-September 23, for the winner and a guest.
  • The opportunity to participate in the Global Citizen Live Event, an event with the world’s leaders in business, media, technology and culture convene on September 18.
  • Two tickets to the 2017 Global Citizen Festival on September 23, 2017

Past Winners

2016

Clarisse Uwineza

Clarisse Uwineza, whose Environmental Protection and Organics organization focuses on converting organic waste into fertilizer in Rwanda, said that her project will “help reduce waste and empower farmers to produce more food.” Her BIORGOFERT project converts bio-organic waste into an environmentally friendly and clean fertilizer.

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2015

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, the director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, won the 2015 prize for his work in making education more accessible to AIDS orphans in Uganda. This includes developing schools but also helping the women - or “grandmothers” as he calls them - who raise these orphans.

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2014

Anoop Jain

Anoop Jain, the founder of Humanure Power, won the 2014 prize for his work in rural India building sanitation facilities. Anoop believes that building toilets addresses the underlying causes of poverty, which affect broader health, social, and economic change desperately needed in India.

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FAQs

What is Global Citizen?

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Global Citizen is a community of people like you. People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges—and use their power to get other people involved too.

We bring you stories and actions that make a difference. That help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world, and support approaches that will make life more sustainable for people and the planet.

Who is Alex Waislitz?

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Alex Waislitz is the founder of the Waislitz Family Foundation with the stated aim of donating $50 million to a range of selected charitable projects.

Is this prize for organizations as well as individuals?

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The Waislitz Global Citizen Award is for individuals or individual representatives of organizations.

What does the judging criterion “Global Citizenship” mean?

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Please reference the Global Citizen Manifesto (link also on the award information page) for our definition of a Global Citizen.

When does the application open? When does it close?

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It opens for submission on August 3, 2017 6:00 PM EDT and closes on August 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Who can apply?

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Please see Entry Guidelines above.

What happens to my application materials after I submit?

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All application submissions will be reviewed by an internal panel at Global Citizen to judge them against Award criteria. All entries become the property of Global Citizen. As such, Global Citizen is the owner of all copyright and all other intellectual property in the Award entries.

How are finalists chosen?

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Finalists are chosen by a Global Citizen internal panel that will judge applicants based on their merit in four key areas:

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
  • IMPACT: What is the applicant’s track record of reducing extreme poverty?
  • INNOVATION: How has the applicant brought new thinking to overcoming the challenge of ending extreme poverty?
  • POTENTIAL: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?

When will I find out if I am a finalist?

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You will be notified of your application status by August 20, 2017.

How is the winner chosen?

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Global Citizens around the world will vote on the top 4 finalists on the Global Citizen site. One winner is then chosen from the 4 finalists judges - Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, and Alex Waislitz from the Waislitz Foundation.

If I am a winner, do I have to spend the award money a certain way?

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No. Any award money is unconditional. However, we do ask applicants for an idea of how they would use the money and require winners to provide written updates on their organization’s progress after the festival.

When and where is Global Citizen Live?

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Global Citizen Live is September 18, 2017 at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. 566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012.

When and where is the Global Citizen Festival?

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September 23, 2017 in Central Park in New York City

I know I can’t come to New York in September. Can I still apply?

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Yes, Global Citizen Live attendance on Monday, September 18th is mandatory; however festival attendance is not.

If I am a winner, how will I get to New York?

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Global Citizen provides the winner and a guest tickets to the New York for the week and pays for the airfare, hotel accommodations, and other travel-related expenses surrounding the event.

If I were to win, could I bring family / friends?

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Each receives a ticket, airfare, and accommodation for themselves and one guest.

Where can I ask questions not covered here?

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If you have any questions that are not answered on the award’s information page or in these FAQs, please email waislitzaward@globalcitizen.org. Regretfully we will only be able to respond to questions not answered here.

Can I submit any further supporting documents or media?

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Absolutely. We would welcome up to (5) five documents, links, images that relate to or support the nominee’s credentials as a Global Citizen. Please note the application form allows for these submissions.