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.

Honorees


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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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 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

The Nation Institute and The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. are pleased to award the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director ofAmericans United for Separation of Church and State, with the annual…

2012 Benjamin Todd Jealous

Prize Recognizes NAACP’s Leadership In Civil and Human Rights Movement; Efforts to “Rebrand” Civil Rights for a New Era November 15, 2012 (New York, NY): The Nation Institute and The…

2011 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,…

2010 Bill McKibben & Cecile Richards

Puffin Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship Interim Update on 2010 Honorees, Bill McKibben of 350.org and Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Bill McKibben The last six months…

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