Meet the Finalists

2013 Finalist Announcement


The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School are pleased to announce the three finalists for the 2014 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize.

In its third, The Lipman Family Prize received applications from 115 organizations dedicated to global causes including disaster recovery, economic development, education, environmental sustainaibility, gender equailty, healthcare, housing, hunger/safe water, and poverty alleviation.

The finalists below were chosen after rigorous evaluation by a committee of faculty, students and staff spanning the University. We recognize these organizations for their ability to create sustainable solutions and for their potential to transfer their knowledge to others working to make a positive impact.

The winner of the Lipman Family Prize will be announced in the early spring and will receive a cash award of $125,000. Each finalist receives a cash award of $12,500.

is a global human rights organization working to make violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable. By building a critical mass of change agents worldwide - the Breakthrough Generation - and working out of centers in India and the U.S., Breakthrough creates innovative, relevant multimedia tools and programs that reach individuals and institutions where they are.

Kickstart International
believes that self-motivated private entrepreneurs managing small-scale enterprises can play a dynamic role in the economies of developing countries. They design, promote and mass-market simple money making tools that small-holder farmers buy and use to start family enterprises. KickStart's methods are widely applied throughout Africa to support a variety of programs.

Not for Sale 
 works to ensure that no one is for sale by creating enterprise
opportunities for vulnerable communities, offering social services to survivors and those at-risk to human trafficking and evaluating the use of forced labor in mainstream supply chains around the world.

 As finalists, all three organizations will enter into an ongoing relationship with the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School, including free access to Wharton Executive Education programming, partnerships with faculty researchers, internships with graduate students, and development of course content.

About the Lipman Family Prize

Awarded annually, the Prize is given to one organization that demonstrates leadership and innovation in the social sector and possesses the potential to transfer their best practices to others. The ultimate goal is to spread the global lessons found in local success. The Prize is made possible by a generous gift from Wharton alumnus, Barry R. Lipman and his wife, Marie.

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