Empowering those who empower others

You are a doer, trailblazer, and a lemonade maker.
Now, what will your organization do with $100,000?


ascena Foundation’s Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards Program celebrates everyday heroes who make the world a better place for women and/or children through innovative and entrepreneurial social reform, specifically in the areas of health, education, leadership development, and self-esteem. We want to help good ideas grow!

2019 marks the sixth year of The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards Program, through which ascena Foundation has donated over $785,000 to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations led by women. To date, the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards Program has positively impacted over 15 organizations.

This year, a grant of $100,000 will be awarded as a grand prize to one organization and grants of $25,000 will be awarded to two additional organizations. One alumna of the HERlead Fellowship program will also be honored with a Young Changemaker Award and a grant of $10,000 will be awarded to her organization.  The grant nomination period extends from March 1, 2019 through May 15, 2019.

About Roslyn S. Jaffe

In 1962, Roslyn S. Jaffe was a working mother who, along with her husband Elliot, saw the need for a one-stop shop that offered convenience, value and fashion-forward attire. Together, they seized the opportunity, opening a small store named dressbarn in Stamford, CT, and helping grow it into ascena retail group, inc., which is now a multibillion dollar collective of brands that includes Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, dressbarn, Lane Bryant, Catherines and Justice.


MARCH 1, 2019

Deadline for Nominations

MAY 15, 2019

2018 Award Recipients

Grand Prize Recipient


Nicole Lynn Lewis
Washington, DC – $100,000

Grant Recipient

Breast Treatment Task Force

Janice Zaballero and Julia Smith
New York, NY – $25,000

Grant Recipient

The Summer Learning Collaborative

Catherine Lindroth
Wilmington, DE – $25,000

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER/ WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Entry requires 2 steps: nomination of nominee & submission by nominee of application. Nomination period: 3/1/19 at 12:00:00am ET to 5/15/19 at 11:59:59pm ET. Apps must be recv’d by 11:59:59pm ET on 5/31/19. Subject to Official Rules, which contain more details on eligibility and the nomination, application & judging/winner-selection processes. ARV of grand prize: $100,000 US; ARV of each runner-up prize: $25,000 US; total ARV of all prizes: $150,000 US. Prizes awarded to each winning nominee’s Org. (or to fiscal sponsor for the benefit of the Org., where applicable), not to the individual nominee in his/her individual capacity. Winners req’d to attend Sponsor events in NY, NY area b/t approx. 10/21-10/24/19. Sponsor: Ascena Foundation, 933 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430.