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“DIGITAL TRADE UNIONS WILL EMPOWER TOMORROW’S SHARING ECONOMY EMPLOYEES”

Coworker.org, 2015 Awardee of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize, is mentioned multiple times in an article published by Wired on January 12, 2017. Specifically, Coworker.org is applauded for their innovative idea, which many say is changing the future of worker’s rights.

Read the full article here: Digital Trade Unions Will Empower Tomorrow’s Sharing Economy Employees

“A PLACE TO LEARN THE DO-IT-YOURSELF ARTS”

Behold! New Lebanon, a 2015 Awardee of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize, received coverage in The Wall Street Journal in an August 1, 2016 article that talked about the organization’s commitment toward creating a model for community economic development for tiny, rural towns across the U.S. Founder Ruth Abram speaks to the importance of such work, and explains what lies ahead in the future for Behold! New Lebanon.

Read the original article here: A Place to Learn the Do-It-Yourself Arts

“SEEDS OF HOPE”

Innovation Prize Awardee and newly appointed President of the Board of Directors of Growing Veterans, Chris Brown, was featured in the University of Washington’s online newsletter, in an article titled “Seeds of Hope”.  It outline’s Chris’ experiences as a veteran, as well as the motivation and path behind his conceptualization of the Growing Veterans organization.  To read the article, click on this link: Seeds of Hope

Innovation Prize Awardee Ruth Abram Featured on WAMC

Innovation Prize Awardee and President of Behold! New Lebanon did an on-air interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, and discussed her work and the concept behind Behold! New Lebanon – which can be described as a new type of living museum without walls.

Listen to the conversation here: WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation With Ruth Abram, President Of Behold! New Lebanon

“How Offering an Innovation Prize Energized Our Grant Making”

Check out what Executive Director Amy Freitag and Chairman Peter Davidson of The J.M. Kaplan Fund have to say about The J.M.K. Innovation Prize in an op-ed issued by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.  The Fund put out a call to anyone in America with a promising solution to a social problem, and in return, offered 10 prizes, each worth up to $175,000 over three years to help set a path toward success for fledgling non-profits.

Here’s the full article: “How Offering an Innovation Prize Energized Our Grant Making”

“‘Reclaiming Opportunity’ in West Virginia Coal Country”

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize Awardee Brandon Dennison talks about how his project, “Reclaim Appalachia” is working to assuage the affliction of generational poverty. Check out the interview on public radio’s Here & Now: “Reclaiming Opportunity’ in West Virginia Coal Country”

“Coalfield wins grant for on-the-job training program”

The Herald-Dispatch ran an article announcing the selection of Reclaim Appalachia as an Awardee of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize.  Reclaim Appalachia, an organization based out of West Virginia, was founded by Brandon Denison and provides paid on-the-job training for unemployed young adults and laid-off coal miners in the creative trades.

Read the full article here: “Coalfield wins grant for on-the-job-training program”

“Bay2Tray Brings Fresh Local Seafood to the School Cafeteria in Monterey”

Kion Right Now ran an article about The J.M.K. Innovation Prize Awardee Bay2Tray, and how the program and its leader, Alan Lovewell, is bringing fresh local seafood to schools by taking advantage of bycatch that would otherwise go to waste.

Here is the full article: “Bay2Tray Brings Fresh Local Seafood to the School Cafeteria in Monterey”

“Travel New and Now: Disney-Colortopia, W.Va. Ski, Rural Life”

The New York Times ran an article on November 17th acknowledging Behold! New Lebanon’s selection as a J.M.K. Innovation Prize Awardee. Ruth J. Abram, the founder of the organization, is a social activist also responsible for creating the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan.

Check out the piece here: “Travel New and Now: Disney-Colortopia, W.Va. Ski, Rural Life”

“Nonprofit Gives Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones Some Relief”

KQED Radio Station – one of the most listened-to radio stations in the Bay Area media market –  shines light on the work that Essie Group Justice is doing to help women with incarcerated loved ones. Essie Group Justice and its Founder and Executive Director, Gina Clayton, were recipients of the J.M.K. Innovation Prize.

Listen to the interview and Kaplan’s Executive Director Amy Freitag and Essie’s Gina Clayton speak about the meaningful impact that this nonprofit is generating here: “Nonprofit Gives Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones Some Relief”

“What’s Kaplan Doing with Its Innovation Prize? And What Have They Learned?”

Inside Philanthropy released a piece detailing how The J.M.K. Innovation Prize fits within the philanthropic world, the motivations behind it, and the vision that The J.M. Kaplan Fund has for it.

Find the full article, here:  “What’s Kaplan Doing with Its Innovation Prize? And What Have They Learned?”

“Risky Business: The J.M. Kaplan Fund’s New Prize”

Foundations aren’t known for their risk-taking – after all, explaining why a program failed or a grantee closed up shop isn’t an easy thing to do. The new J.M.K. Innovation Prize, however, is trying to change the game and make it more feasible for deserving start-up nonprofits to get early funding.

Check out Marc Gunther’s write-up in the Nonprofit Chronicles, which gives a great overview and explanation of what makes The J.M.K. Innovation Prize so unique and important: “Risky Business: The J.M. Kaplan Fund’s New Prize”