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

If you are, or someone you know is, a founder of and principal decision maker for an organization working to empower women and/or children and create meaningful change in your community, you or your friend may qualify for the 6th Annual Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards (the “Jaffe Awards”), sponsored by ascena foundation (“Sponsor”). In just 5 short minutes, nominate yourself or a friend for the Jaffe Awards by viewing the details, and completing and submitting the form below.
Goals of the Awards

The Jaffe Awards are designed to recognize the spirit and values of Roslyn Jaffe. In 1962, Mrs. Jaffe, along with her husband Elliot Jaffe, co-founded dressbarn. Since then, they have helped transform it into what is now ascena retail group, inc., a multi-billion-dollar collective of brands including dressbarn, maurices, Justice, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey. Mrs. Jaffe’s support for women in the workplace coupled with her appreciation for family and community have created a caring environment that embodies the values that were in place during the early years of the company. The Jaffe Awards aim to recognize promising individuals that demonstrate these values in an effort to help women and children in the areas of health, education, leadership development, and self-esteem, across the country.

Questions

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For questions about the Awards or the Awards Portal, please email us at JaffeAward@tccgrp.com.
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Eligibility Criteria

To nominate someone, you must be at least 21 years of age. Nominees must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Legal residents of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec) (“Territory”)
  • At least twenty-one (21) years old on the date of nomination in this contest, and
  • A creator or founder of a social impact organization (“Organization) that:
    1. Is either (1) a U.S. legal entity that has itself received and maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service throughout the entire contest (including, as applicable, the prize fulfillment process) or (2) U.S.-based and holds a formalized, written fiscal-sponsorship arrangement with a U.S. legal entity that has received and maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service throughout the entire contest (including, as applicable, the prize fulfillment process) (“Fiscal Sponsor”), or (3) a Canadian legal entity that is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency and maintains such status throughout the entire contest (including, as applicable, the prize fulfillment process).
    2. Is independent and autonomous and must not be substantially supported by, or serve the purpose of promoting, religious or political organizations or beliefs (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion). Nominee must individually be (or must collectively be in conjunction with any of the Organization’s co-founders, if applicable) the Organization’s principal decision maker in management and development matters. Organizations that were started under the direction of an existing third-party organization (i.e., any entity other than the Organization created by the nominee) do not meet this requirement and are ineligible in this (Organizations with a Fiscal Sponsor may still be considered autonomous and satisfy this requirement as determined by Sponsor in its discretion.),
    3. Is Territory-based, and
    4. Has a primary objective related to improving health, education, or esteem or to leadership development and serves low- and middle-income women and/or children in the Territory. (The Organization may have tangential operations outside of the Territory, but, to be eligible for this contest, its core mission and programming must be directed within the Territory.)

Nominee must be a natural person. While nominee must have created or founded an Organization, entities are not eligible nominees in this contest and the Organization itself cannot be nominated. Employees, officers, directors, members, managers, agents, and representatives and family members of such individuals (or people living in the same household whether related or not) of Sponsor, ascena retail group, Inc., and any of their subsidiaries or affiliates (including, but not limited to, The Dress Barn, Inc., maurices Inc., Tween Brands, Inc., Lane Bryant, Inc., Catherines, Inc., and ANN INC.), TCC Group, Inc., any other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, administration, or fulfillment of this contest, or any of their respective parent companies, divisions, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any judges for the contest, are not eligible to be a nominee. For purposes of this contest, the term “family member” is defined as spouse, partner, parent, legal guardian, in-law, grandparent, child, or grandchild.
 

Jaffe Awards Criteria

Nominees who meet the eligibility requirements and complete the application process will be evaluated by a panel of judges, chosen by Sponsor, who will apply the following criteria according to the percentage weights indicated:

  1. High Impact – The nominee’s Organization highly impacts low- to middle-income women and/or children in the Territory and its work has resulted in clear benefits to these populations [35%].
  2. Innovative & Responsive ApproachThe nominee’s Organization has an innovative and entrepreneurial approach that addresses a challenge and its vision in a unique way. The Organization is also driven by its efforts to identify community needs, and, in response, build programming and services to affect those needs [30%].
  3. Off the Grid – At the time when nominees are evaluated in this contest, the Organization and its programming are not widely known, and are positioned to leverage the funding and/or the visibility provided should it win a Jaffe Award [10%].
  4. Scalable – The Organization can be expanded/replicated and applied to other locations [5%].
  5. High Caliber of Leadership: The leadership of the nominee’s Organization – including the nominee – has the ability to create, advocate, and influence the Organization’s vision [20%].

 

The Jaffe Awards

The Jaffe Awards recognize pioneering individuals who have persevered in their commitment to making the world a better place for women and children in the areas of health, education, leadership development and esteem.  Sponsor will select one grand-prize winner and two runner-up winners among all eligible applications received, in accordance with the judging criteria described above. The grand-prize winner’s Organization (or its Fiscal Sponsor, if applicable) will receive a $100,000 US award. The Organization of each runner-up (or its Fiscal Sponsor) will receive a $25,000 US award.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning nominee’s Organization (or, if the Organization is not itself a tax-exempt legal entity, to its Fiscal Sponsor for the benefit of the Organization), not to the individual nominee in his or her individual capacity. No nominee will receive a prize for personal use and no nominator will receive a prize of any kind in this contest.

Further questions? Please contact the Evaluation Committee at jaffeaward@tccgrp.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Entry requires two steps: nomination of nominee (either by him- or herself or by another nominator) and submission by nominee of an application. Nomination period begins 3/1/2019 at 12:00:00 AM ET; ends 5/15/2019 at 11:59:59 PM ET. Applications must be received by 11:59:59 PM ET on 5/31/2019. Anyone 21 or older can nominate a person in this promotion, but each nominee must be (a) at least 21 years old, (b) a legal resident of one (1) of the fifty (50) US or DC, Puerto Rico, or Canada (excl. QC) (“Territory”) and (c) a creator or founder of a social impact organization (“Org.”) that (i) is either (A) itself a U.S. legal entity that has received/maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS throughout the entire contest (including, as applicable, the prize fulfillment process) or (B) U.S.-based and has a formal, written fiscal-sponsorship arrangement with another U.S. legal entity that has received/maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS throughout the entire contest (including, as applicable, the prize fulfillment process) (“Fiscal Sponsor”), or (C) a Canadian legal entity that has received/maintains registered charity status with the Canada Revenue Agency throughout the entire contest (including, as applicable, the prize fulfillment process), (ii) is independent and autonomous (i.e., nominee, along with any Org. co-founders if applicable, must be its principal decision maker(s) in management and development matters) and is not substantially supported by, or serving the purpose of promoting, religious or political organizations or beliefs (as determined by Sponsor in its discretion), (iii) is based in the Territory, and (iv) has a primary objective related to improving health, education, or esteem or to leadership development and benefiting low- and middle-income women and/or children in the Territory. (Org. may have tangential operations outside Territory, but core mission/programming must be directed within the Territory.) Subject to Official Rules at www.jaffeawards.com/rules, which contain more details on the nomination, application, and winner-selection processes. Nominees judged on: impact of their Org. on low- to middle-income women and/or children in the Territory [35%]; whether their Org. has an innovative and entrepreneurial approach that addresses a challenge and its vision in a unique way and whether the Org. is also driven by its efforts to identify community needs, and, in response, build programming and services to affect those needs [30%]; whether their Org. is, as of the time of evaluation of the nominee, not widely known and positioned to leverage the funding and/or visibility provided should it win a Jaffe Award [10%]; whether their Org. can be expanded/replicated and applied to other locations [5%]; and whether their Org. leadership has the ability to create, advocate, and influence the Org.’s vision [20%]. 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 will be awarded to each winning nominee’s Org. (or to its Fiscal Sponsor for the benefit of the Org., where applicable), not to the individual nominee in his/her individual capacity. Each winner and his/her Org. (or its Fiscal Sponsor) will be required to execute prize-acceptance documents and winner will be required to participate in contest-related events hosted by Sponsor in New York, NY area from approx. 10/21/19 to 10/24/19. Sponsor: Ascena Foundation, 933 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, New Jersey 07430.