Nomination Guidelines

Learn more about Philanthropy 100, who should apply, award criteria, and the nomination process. 



Any foundation that has shown exceptional dedication to advancing the well-being of society through its substantial financial support, grants, and initiatives aimed at addressing pressing social issues or charitable causes.


Any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a tax-exempt entity recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that is dedicated to charitable, educational, or other socially beneficial missions. These non-profits have exemplified excellence in philanthropic endeavors, fostering positive change and serving as inspirations for others in the nonprofit sector.


Any corporation that, in addition to its regular business operations, demonstrates a commitment to making significant charitable contributions or engaging in social and community initiatives that have a positive impact on society.


Any Individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to philanthropic causes and community betterment. These individuals have displayed remarkable generosity, leadership, and dedication in supporting charitable initiatives, fostering positive change, and inspiring others to engage in philanthropic activities.



Taking affirmative steps towards fostering inclusive systems and communities, our actions are driven by the steadfast belief that everyone, irrespective of factors such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or other distinctions, should have the opportunity to actively engage, unlock their utmost potential, and lead lives characterized by both security and dignity.


Through purposeful actions, strengthening our community's capacity to navigate and rebound from challenges, tragedies, and trauma, fostering resilience and a collective ability to adapt in the face of adversity.


Committed to pioneering innovative actions that transcend conventional boundaries, disrupt outdated paradigms, and inspire fresh possibilities, thereby ushering in transformative change that revitalizes and redefines our community's potential.


Actions emanate from a foundation of genuine care and empathy, reflecting a deep-seated commitment to each other's well-being.


Actions exemplifying the courage to embrace unconventional approaches, challenging the status quo to propel the greater good forward, driven by an unwavering dedication to positive change.

Sustained Commitment

Efforts that have consistently showcased an unwavering dedication to creating lasting change in the world.


Business & Technology

The Business & Technology Award acknowledges exceptional endeavors where the realms of business strategy and technological ingenuity converge. It spotlights foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals that have showcased exceptional skill in leveraging technology to not only elevate their operations but also revolutionize their industries. Nominees in this category have effectively used innovation to transform company environments, fostering growth, efficiency, and customer-centered solutions.

Economic Development

The Economic Development Award recognizes exceptional initiatives and efforts that have significantly contributed to the growth, prosperity, and sustainable development of a community, region, or nation. This award celebrates foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to enhancing economic vitality, creating jobs, fostering innovation, and improving overall quality of life.

Excellence in Education

The Excellence in Education Award recognizes exceptional foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals that have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the advancement of education. This award celebrates educators, administrators, schools, and programs that have exemplified outstanding dedication, innovation, and impact in the field of education, inspiring students and fostering a culture of lifelong learning.


The Entrepreneurship Award celebrates foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals who have showcased exceptional innovation, leadership, and resilience in the world of business. This award recognizes entrepreneurs who have not only founded successful ventures but have also demonstrated a profound impact on their industry, community, and beyond.

Environmental & Climate Change

The Environmental & Climate Change Award acknowledges exceptional efforts by foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding commitment, innovation, and impact in addressing environmental challenges and climate change. This honors those who have made significant contributions towards sustainability, conservation, and the protection of our planet's fragile ecosystems.

Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition The Health & Nutrition Award recognizes foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, innovation, and impact in the realm of health, wellness and nutrition. This award honors those who have made significant contributions towards promoting well-being, improving public health, and advancing nutritional awareness to create healthier communities.

Social Justice & Human Rights

The Social Justice & Human Rights Award celebrates foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals that have displayed extraordinary dedication, advocacy, and impact in the pursuit of social justice, equality, and the protection of human rights. This award recognizes those who have worked tirelessly to bring about positive change, challenge systemic injustices, and empower marginalized communities.


Submissions for this cycle of the 2023 Philanthropy 100 Awards will open on October 30, 2023. The deadline to submit is November 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST. Guidelines and eligibility rules can be found below.

Step 1

Explore the award criteria centered on equity, resilience, creativity, compassion, risk-taking, and enduring dedication, while drawing inspiration from previous honorees.

Step 2

Identify a nominee(s) who fit the criteria.

Step 3

Craft a statement (minimum 300 words) showcasing their well-deserved honor by highlighting their background and a transformative anecdote illustrating how their altruism in time, talent, or treasure is creating a positive impact on our world.

Step 4

Complete and submit nomination form by November 27, 2023.

Step 5

Honorees will be announced in December and contacted with the results.


What is the Philanthropy 100 List?

Curated by Unboxed Philanthropy Advisors (Philanthropy Unbound), Philanthropy 100 is a list of people, organizations and companies making a positive difference in our world. It is broken into four categories – Individuals, Non-Profit Organizations, Foundations and Corporations.

Who is eligible for nomination or recognition on the Philanthropy 100 List?

Individuals, Non-Profit Organizations, Foundations and Corporations.

What types of philanthropic efforts are recognized?

The list covers Individuals, Non-Profit Organizations, Foundations and Corporations in the following categories: Business & Technology, Economic Development, Excellence in Education, Entrepreneurship, Environmental & Climate Change, Health & Nutrition, Social Justice & Human Rights.

Can self-nominations be submitted, or do nominations have to come from third parties?

Self-nominations are not permitted and must be made by others.

Is there a nomination fee or cost associated with the submission?

There are no fees or costs involved in the nomination process.