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.

All winners will be honored during the annual Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Luncheon on October 24, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, NY. Honorees are also invited to the Roslyn S. Jaffe Alumni Summit on the eve of the Awards for training, networking and mentoring opportunities.

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

Jaffe Awards Event

OCTOBER 24, 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.