Global Citizen Prize


Black Lives Matter 

represented by Co-Founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi

The Black Lives Matter movement has been awarded with the Prize for Activism, due to the powerful impact that it has had on combating anti-Black racism. The Black Lives Matter movement has also confronted socio-economic challenges that disproportionately impact disenfranchised communities and communities of color. The movement has promoted equity, enlightenment and inclusion, elevated the collective conscience of people, and BLM Co-Founders have excelled in their ability to unite people across the country and around the world.

This award honors an individual or organization whose activism has driven significant and exemplary impact for society at a local or global level.

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Sesame Workshop

This award honors Sesame Workshop’s storied history of activism and dedication to bringing early childhood education to children in over 150 countries. Sesame Workshop has tackled a variety of issues like HIV/AIDS, homelessness, autism, and recently responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that children not only can understand, but also that help them to grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

This award honors an individual or organization who has excelled in driving positive impact through an artistic or educational endeavour. 

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Warren Buffett

Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway; Co-Creator of The Giving Pledge

The time for philanthropy to do more — and give more — is right now, and no one is setting a better example for the world’s wealthiest than Warren Buffett. At 90 years old, he has given away an astounding $40 billion of his fortune to nonprofits and still plans to donate even more. This is the spirit of philanthropy we hope the world sees more of.

Philanthropy at its core is innovation. This new award honors a philanthropist, or philanthropic group, who has shown extraordinary leadership, stepping forward to accelerate their giving in support of the world's biggest challenges and in pursuit of achieving the UN's Global Goals.

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