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World of Children Award
World of Children, Inc.
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Founder Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz
Type Nonprofit organization
Legal status Registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
Headquarters Dublin, CA, USA
Key people Stephanie March (Celebrity Ambassador)
Slogan Setting the Gold Standard in Child Advocacy
Mission World of Children® Award improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.
Formerly called World of Children, World of Children Awards

World of Children® Award is a global recognition and funding program for people specifically and exclusively serving the needs of children. Sometimes referred to as the "Nobel Prize for Child Advocacy,"[1] the San Francisco Bay Area based nonprofit was first conceived of in 1996 and founded in 1998[2] and is led by Co-Founder's Harry Leibowitz and his wife, Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz.[3] World of Children Award recognizes changemakers nominated for the Health, Humanitarian and Youth Awards and provides cash grants to support development of their programs serving children.

Awards process[edit]

Nominations[edit]

Individuals from all over the world may be nominated for a World of Children Health, Humanitarian or Youth Award. Nominations are entered online through the World of Children Award website. For 16 years and counting, World of Children Award has received over 2000 Nominations from more than 80 countries. With the announcement of the 2013 Honorees, World of Children Award reached an exciting milestone: 100 Honorees,[4] or Award Winners, have now been honored overseeing work in 50 countries. Nominations for World of Children Award open each year in January and close for review in April.[5]

Humanitarian Award[edit]

The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services. The Nominee must have created or managed a sustainable program which has significantly contributed to children's opportunities to be safe, to learn and to grow. They must do this work over and above their normal employment, or work for little or no pay. The Nominee must have been doing this for a minimum of 10 years. They must have an existing non-profit organization in good standing, which can receive grant funds if awarded.[6]

Health Award[edit]

The Health Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine or the sciences. The Nominee must have created or managed a sustainable program which has significantly contributed to the improved health of children. They must do this work over and above their normal employment, or work for little or no pay. They must have been doing this for a minimum of 10 years and must have an existing non-profit organization in good standing, which can receive grant funds if awarded.[6]

Youth Award[edit]

The Youth Award recognizes youth that are making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. The Nominee must be under the age of 21 and must have been engaged in this work for a minimum of three years.[6]

Other Awards[edit]

In addition to the standard Awards given each year, the organization has awarded individuals with non-monetary awards, including the Advocacy Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to 2006, the World of Children Health Award was referred to as the Kellogg's Child Development Award and the World of Children Humanitarian Award was referred to as the Cardinal Health Children's Care Award. Prior to 2008, the World of Children Youth Award was referred to as the Founder's Youth Award.[7]

Selection process[edit]

To ensure credibility of the child advocates that are honored, World of Children Award uses a multi-tiered, independent vetting process. After the Nominations deadline has closed each year, the World of Children does an internal review of all Nominations submitted to be sure they meet eligibility requirements. The nominations are passed through a series of independent review teams all following a set of standardized scoring criteria to determine category finalists. A formal international investigative agency then conducts an independent audit of each final applicant, visiting each program site and examining the organization serving children.[8]

In the final selection stage, the World of Children Board of Governors reviews the independent audit reports, and votes to approve the final slate of Honorees. Each year, the Board of Governors then determines the final annual grant allocations to be shared with the children’s programs led by each Honoree. The World of Children notifies the Finalists of their Award status before the annual World of Children Award Events are held in New York City in November.[8]

Awards ceremony[edit]

The World of Children Award ceremony is held in New York City and is attended by press, ambassadors and dignitaries. The events are usually held in early November.[9]

Honorees[edit]

The term "Honoree"[10] designates those individuals chosen to receive a World of Children Award. After the Nominations process has concluded each year, World of Children Award Honorees are announced prior to the annual Awards Ceremony currently held in New York City. Below is a list of all prior Honorees:

Honoree Organization(s) Award Received Year Honored
C. Mead Welles A Leg To Stand On Health Award 2013
Triveni Acharya Rescue Foundation Humanitarian Award 2013
Sarah Cronk The Sparkle Effect Youth Award 2013
Michaela Mycroft The Chaeli Campaign Youth Award 2013
Susie Krabacher Mercy & Sharing Alumni Award 2013
Lauren Bush Lauren FEED Projects Advocacy Award 2013
Dr. Nilas Young Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance Health Award 2012
Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon Krousar Thmey Humanitarian Award 2012
Kyle Weiss FUNDaFIELD Youth Award 2012
Dallas Jessup Just Yell Fire Youth Award 2012
Alina Cho n/a Board of Governors' Award 2012
Craig Kielburger Free The Children 15th Anniversary Achievement Award 2012
Dr. Ashok Banskota Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children (HRDC) Health Award 2011
Denisse Pichardo Caminatie Proyecto Educativo Humanitarian Award 2011
Tatiana Grossman Spread the Words Youth Award 2011
Luke Lancaster Young Pioneers Youth Award 2011
Laura and Harry Slatkin New York Center for Autism Advocacy Award 2011
Adi Roche Chernobyl Children International Health Award 2010
Leonor Portela Misioneros Del Camino Humanitarian Award 2010
Danielle Gram Kids for Peace Youth Award 2010
Dan and Claire Marino The Dan Marino Foundation Advocacy Award 2010
Sam Kateu Kavule Parents School for the Deaf Humanitarian Award 2009
Douglas Maclagan Child Welfare Scheme Nepal Health Award 2009
Jessica Markowitz Richard's Rwanda Founder's Youth Award 2009
Ashlee Smith Ashlee's Toy Closet Founder's Youth Award 2009
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Half the Sky Lifetime Achievement Award 2009
Frank Brady Medical Missions for Children (MMC) Health Award 2008
Tibebe Maco Hiwot Integrated Development Association Health Award 2008
Jumana Odeh Palestinian Happy Child Centre Health Award 2008
Anywar Ricky Richard Friends of Orphans Humanitarian Award 2008
Edward Zigler Parents as Teachers National Center Humanitarian Award 2008
Darius Weems Charley's Fund; Darius Goes West Founder's Youth Award 2008
Talia Leman RandomKid Founder's Youth Award 2008
Dr. Mark Manary Project Peanut Butter Health Award 2007
Dr. Ricardo Bennun Asociación PIEL Health Award 2007
Samir Chaudhuri Child in Need Institute Health Award 2008
Inderjit Khurana Ruchika Social Service Organization Humanitarian Award 2007
Carmen Masias CEDRO Humanitarian Award 2007
Carol Sasaki International Humanity Foundation Humanitarian Award 2007
Meghan Pasricha Global Youth H.E.L.P. Inc. Founder's Youth Award 2007
Jane Aronson Worldwide Orphans Foundation Humanitarian Award 2006
Susie Krabacher Mercy & Sharing Humanitarian Award 2006
David Lynch Responsibility, Inc. Humanitarian Award 2006
Nancy Harris The Terma Foundation Health Award 2006
Jorge Rojaz Zegers Corporación de Ayuda al Niño Quemado (COANIQUEM) Health 2006
Sunitha Kirshnan Prajwala Health Award 2006
Jordana Alter Confino Girls Learn International Founder's Youth Award 2006
Cheryl Perera OneChild Network and Support Inc. Founder's Youth Award 2006
Shankar Man Rai ReSurge International Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2005
Chakunga Sibale Malawi Children's Village Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2005
Irving Williams Adventures in Health Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2005
Cristiano Fedrigo Share a Bike Program Founder's Youth Award 2005
Hui-jung Chi Garden of Hope Foundation Kellogg's Child Development Award 2005
Olga Murray Nepal Youth Foundation Kellogg's Development Award 2005
Lucy Yinda Wema Centre Kellogg's Development Award 2005
Gopa Kothari Child Eye Care Charitable Trust Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2004
Jeremiah Lowney Haitian Health Foundation Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2004
Rona Martin Island Hospice and Bereavement Service Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2004
Makenzie Snyder Children to Children Founder's Youth Award 2004
Alex Scott Alex's Lemonade Stand Kellogg's Child Development Award 2004
Marie de la Soudiere Thread of HOpe for Economic Advancement Kellogg's Child Development Award 2004
Philista Onyango ANPPCAN Regional Office Kellogg's Child Development Award 2004
Martin Eichelberger Safe Kids Worldwide Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2003
Elizabeth Jones Foundation for the Children of the Californias Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2003
Mahendra Mehta Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2003
Fani Lerner Creating Citizens Kellogg's Child Development Award 2003
Jetsun Pema Tibetan Children's Villages Kellogg's Child Development Award 2003
Claudia Gonzales Moreno Alalay Kellogg's Child Development Award 2003
Dayro Javier Reyes Acosta Columbia en el Corazon Founder's Youth Award 2003
Ryan Hreljac Ryan's Well Foundation Founder's Youth Award 2003
Abel Pascual Albino Cooperative for the Infantile Nutrition Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2002
Berry Brazelton Brazelton Touchpoints Center Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2002
Sharon Kirkpatrick Traditional Birth Attendant Program Cardinal Health Children's Care Award 2002
Craig Kielburger Free The Children Founder's Youth Award 2002
Glendon Nimnicht CINDE Kellogg's Child Development Award 2002
Luke Hingson Brother's Brother Foundation Kellogg's Child Development Award 2002
Henri Landwirth Give Kids the World Kellogg's Child Development Award 2002
Sharadkumar Dicksheet The India Project-Plastic Surgery Camp Kellogg's Child Development Award 2001
Andal Damodaran Indian Council for Child Welfare Kellogg's Child Development Award 2001
Abubacar Sultan Children and War; Wona Sanana Kellogg's Child Development Award 2001
David Hyung-bok Kim Holt International Children's Services Kellogg's Child Development Award 2001
Sanphasit Koompraphant Center for the Protection of Children's Rights Kellogg's Child Development Award 2001
Helmut Kutin SOS-Kinderdorf International Kellogg's Child Development Award 2001
Peter Samuelson Starlight-Starbright Children's Foundation; FirstStar Kellogg's Child Development Award 2000
Marie Bellande Grace Children's Hospital Kellogg's Child Development Award 2000
J. Terrance Davis Cardiac Care Kellogg's Child Development Award 2000
Bertha Holt Holt International Children's Services Kellogg's Child Development Award 2000
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Special Olympics Kellogg's Child Development Award 2000
Sargent Shriver War on Poverty Kellogg's Child Development Award 2000
William Bryce Wasson Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Kellogg's Child Development Award 2000
Kathleen Magee Operation Smile Kellogg's Child Development Award 1999
Marie Clay Reading Recovery Kellogg's Child Development Award 1999
Peter Samuelson Starlight-Starbright Children's Foundation; FirstStar Kellogg's Child Development Award 1999
David Southall Child Advocacy International Kellogg's Child Development Award 1999
Rose Washington Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth Kellogg's Child Development Award 1999
Xu Yongguang China Youth Development Foundation; Narada Foundation Kellogg's Child Development Award 1999
Catherine Milton Friends of the Children Kellogg's Child Development Award 1998
Chaim Peri Yemin Orde Youth Village Kellogg's Child Development Award 1998
John Drexel Maria Helen Drexel Association Kellogg's Child Development Award 1998
Louise Pittman Voices for Alabama's Children Kellogg's Child Development Award 1998
Marian Wright Edelman Children's Defense Fund Kellogg's Child Development Award 1998
Michael D. Amylon, M.D. Camp Okizu Kellogg's Child Development Award 1998
William T. Sergeant Rotary Club - International PolioPlus Committee Kellogg's Child Development Award 1998

Celebrity ambassador[edit]

In January, 2010, American actress, Stephanie March joined World of Children Award as the organization’s Celebrity Ambassador. March is still actively involved in the organization.[11] From 2000-2010, American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali served as the Honorary Chair for World of Children Award.

Partnerships[edit]

In August 2014, World of Children Award began a partnership with sports equipment manufacturer Molten USA. Specifically, the two parties joined together to support youth and the Molten Pass It Forward program.[12]

Give Up Your Birthday Campaign[edit]

World of Children Award launched a Give Up Your Birthday campaign in 2012 an effort to raise funds for the Awards program and the work that it supports through individual birthday donations. The campaign centered on a website where individuals can create a Birthday Page and ask friends and family to make a donation to the World of Children Award in their name in lieu of gifts. Celebrity Ambassador, Stephanie March, announced that she would be Giving Up Her Birthday in 2010.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Op-Ed Columnist - Talia for President - Editorial - NYTimes.com
  2. ^ "World of Children Award founding". Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Founders". Worldofchildren.org. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  4. ^ http://www.worldofchildren.org/theaward/2013-world-of-children-award-honorees/
  5. ^ "World of Children Award Nominations". World of Children Award. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "World of Children". Blacktiemagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Awards of Past Honorees". Worldofchildren.org. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  8. ^ a b "Selection Process". Worldofchildren.org. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  9. ^ "Annual Timeline". Worldofchildren.org. 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  10. ^ "World of Children Award Honorees". Worldofchildren.org. 2014-08-22. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  11. ^ "Celebrity Ambassador". Worldofchildren.org. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  12. ^ "Molten USA Partnership". Worldofchildren.org. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  13. ^ "Stephanie March: Giving Up My Birthday for World of Children". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 

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