Puffin Nation Award for Creative Citizenship

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. and The Nation Institute are the mutual sponsors of an annual award in the amount of $100,000 given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative and socially responsible work of significance. Candidates are to be found in a broad range of occupations and pursuits, including academia, journalism, public health, literature, art, the environmental sciences, labor and the humanities. The prize is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their work, and to inspire others to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies they face in their careers.


2019 Honoree, The Sunrise Movement

Remarks of Neal RosensteinVice President, The Puffin FoundationThe Puffin Prize for Creative CitizenshipType Media GalaDecember 10, 2019 On behalf of Perry & Gladys Rosenstein & the Puffin Foundation I’d like…

2017 Honoree, Colin Kaepernick


During last year’s NFL pre-season, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of racism and police violence. “I…

2016 Honoree, Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, is the winner of the annual $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. The award honors work that challenges the…

2011 Honoree Tony Kushner

UPDATE: Nation Institute Tony Kushner Makes the News Posted by Jayati Vora, December 7, 2011 to the Nation Institute Blog Photo: John Munson Neal Rosenstein (left), of the Puffin Foundation,…

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