Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship

The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. and The Type Media Center (formerly 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.

The Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship was renamed in 2017.  It was formerly known as the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.

Honorees


2020 Desmond Meade

Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to eventually become the President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy,…

2019 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…

2018 The Parkland Student Activists

The Parkland Student Activists are the winners of the 2018 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship. The Students, in partnership with young activists across the country, founded the March for Our…

2017 Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick receives the 2017 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). During last year’s NFL pre-season, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began refusing…

2016 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…

2015 Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

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Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, volunteer President of the North Carolina NAACP, is the winner of the 2015 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. The award will be presented to…

2014 Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, received the annual $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship on Monday, December 8, 2014, at…

2013 Barry W. Lynn

Winner of the 2013 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). The Nation Institute and The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. are pleased to award the Rev….

2012 Benjamin Todd Jealous

Winner of the 2012 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). Prize Recognizes NAACP’s Leadership In Civil and Human Rights Movement; Efforts to “Rebrand” Civil…

2011 Tony Kushner

Winner of the 2011 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). UPDATE: Nation Institute Tony Kushner Makes the News Posted by Jayati Vora, December 7,…

2010 Bill McKibben & Cecile Richards

Winners of the 2010 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship).  Puffin Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship Interim Update on 2010 Honorees, Bill McKibben of…

2009 Jim Hightower

Winner of the Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). An advocate for everyday people whose voices are seldom heard in Washington and on Wall…

2008 Van Jones

Winner of the 2008 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). Environmental activist, author and social entrepreneur Van Jones is the 2008 recipient of the $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize for…

2007 Michael Ratner

Winner of the 2007 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). Attorney, author and Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) President Michael Ratner is the recipient…

2006 Amy Goodman

Winner of the 2006 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship).  Amy Goodman is a syndicated columnist, host of the news program Democracy Now! and co-author of…

2005 Jonathan Kozol

Winner of the 2005 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). Jonathan Kozol began his career as a fourth-grade teacher in Roxbury, a poor, predominantly…

2004 Barbara Ehrenreich

Winner of the 2004 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of the best-selling Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by…

2003 David Protess

Winner of the 2003 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). David Protess is the founding director of Medill’s Innocence Project and played a direct…

2002 Dolores Huerta

Winner of the 2002 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship).  Dolores Huerta is a celebrated figure in the history of the American labor movement….

2001 Robert Parris Moses

Winner of the 2001 Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship (formerly the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship). A lifelong social activist, civil rights pioneer and a visionary educator, Bob Moses uniquely…

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