How do I apply, or nominate someone, for the award?
Nomination forms will be available at jaffeawards.com beginning March 1, 2019. To apply for a Jaffe Award, you must first be nominated (by yourself or someone else).
What is the minimum age requirement for nominees?
Nominees must be 21 years of age or older at the time of nomination.
What are the residency requirements?
All nominees must live in one of the fifty United States, D.C., Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec). Nominees who reside elsewhere are ineligible.
What is the deadline for applying?
All nominations must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM ET on May 15, 2019. All applications must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM ET on May 31, 2019.
Can I nominate myself or a family member?
Yes, you can nominate yourself and/or a family member.
Can an employee of ascena be nominated?
No, employees of ascena, or its subsidiaries, and their immediate family members are not eligible to be nominated.
Where must the Organization be based?
All Organizations must be based in the fifty United States, D.C., Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec) and must provide programming for recipients in one or more of these locations.
What if my Organization is based in the fifty United States, D.C., Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec) (referred to collectively as the “Territory”), but reaches recipients, or does work, outside of the Territory?
Your Organization may be eligible, depending on how significant its foreign work is. An Organization may have tangential operations outside of the Territory, but, to be eligible for the Jaffe Awards, its core mission and programming must be directed within the Territory.
Does my Organization need to be a formal nonprofit?
Not necessarily. Your Organization must either:

(1) itself be a U.S. legal entity that has received and maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS (throughout the entire contest and the prize-fulfillment process)


(2) be U.S.-based and hold a formalized, written fiscal-sponsorship arrangement with another U.S. legal entity that has received and maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS (throughout the entire contest and prize-fulfillment process).  This other entity is referred to in these FAQs and the other contest materials as a “Fiscal Sponsor.”


(3) be a Canadian legal entity that is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (and maintains such status throughout the contest and prize-fulfillment process).

Can the nominated Organization be a business?
The nominee’s Organization (or its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) may operate a corporation under its tax-exempt status, but the Organization (or its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) must be a registered 501(c)(3) in the U.S. or a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada to be eligible for the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards.
Does the Organization need to be fully operational?
No, the Organization may still be developing and refining its operations or programming, but must have achieved some clear and recognizable progress, impact, or accomplishment towards its objective in order to be eligible. However, Organizations that are entirely in the planning and development stages (and have no operations) at the time of nomination are not eligible. In addition, an Organization that can show strong impact will be scored more favorably under the judging criteria.
Does the Organization need to address specific issues?
Yes, the nominated Organization’s programming must benefit women and/or children in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Canada, in the areas of health, education, leadership development, and/or esteem.
Is my Organization still eligible if some of the beneficiaries of my Organization’s programming could be considered middle class or upper-middle class?
Yes, but the majority of participants or beneficiaries must be from lower-to-middle class populations.
How do you define “lower-to-middle” class?
The application will be judged on its ability to demonstrate the lower-to-middle class status of its target.
Will the nominee be considered if they are only working on the Organization part-time?
Yes, we understand that nominees may be working at a job while they are starting an Organization that is not fully funded.
Can a nominee be considered if (s)he is not a founder of the Organization and its principal decision maker in management and development matters (or part of a collective decision-making group with his/her co-founders, if applicable)?
No, all nominees must be at least a co-founder and the primary decision-maker for the Organization’s management and development (either individually or collectively in conjunction with any co-founders of the Organization, where applicable).
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.