World of Children Awards
|World of Children, Inc.|
|Founder||Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz|
|Legal status||Registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization|
|Headquarters||Dublin, CA, USA|
|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.|
|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," the San Francisco Bay Area based nonprofit was first conceived of in 1996 and founded in 1998 and is led by Co-Founder's Harry Leibowitz and his wife, Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz. World of Children Award recognizes changemakers nominated for the Education, Health, Humanitarian and Youth Awards and provides cash grants to support development of their programs serving children.
Individuals from all over the world may be nominated for a World of Children Health, Humanitarian, Education or Youth Award. Nominations are entered online through the World of Children Award website. Since 1998, 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, 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.
The Education Award was announced at the 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony in New York City. Beginning in January 2015, the organization formally began accepting nominations for this new award category. The Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to the education of children thus providing them the platform from which to become fully productive members of society. The first Education Award was given to Miriam Mason-Sesay for her work with EducAid Sierra Leone 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 organization conducts 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.
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. World of Children Award notifies the Finalists of their Award status before the annual World of Children Award Events are held in New York City in November.
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.
The term "Honoree" 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|
|Miriam Mason-Sesay||EducAid Sierra Leone||Education Award||2015|
|Winnifred Selby||EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative||Youth Award||2015|
|Nicholas Lowinger||Gotta Have Sole Foundation||Youth Award||2015|
|Amalia García Moreno||Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer||Health Award||2015|
|Catalina Escobar||Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation||Humanitarian Award||2015|
|Adi Roche||Chernobyl Children International||Alumni Award||2015|
|Triveni Acharya||Rescue Foundation||Alumni Award||2015|
|Ricardo Bennun||Asociación PIEL||Alumni Award||2015|
|Jessica Markowitz||Richard's Rwanda||Alumni Award||2015|
|Gregory John Smith||Children At Risk Foundation||Humanitarian Award||2015|
|Gregory John Smith||Children At Risk Foundation||Humanitarian Award||2014|
|Kenro Izu||Friends Without A Border||Health Award||2014|
|Jaylen Arnold||Jaylens Challenge Foundation, Inc.||Youth Award||2014|
|Mary Grace Henry||Reverse the Course||Youth Award||2014|
|Chaim Peri||Yemin Orde Youth Village||Alumni Award||2014|
|Marlo Thomas||St. Jude Children's Research Hospital||Lifetime Achievement Award||2014|
|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 Rojas Zegers||Corporación de Ayuda al Niño Quemado (COANIQUEM)||Health Award||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|
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. From 2000-2010, American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali served as the Honorary Chair for World of Children Award.
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.
Give Up Your Birthday Campaign
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.
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