Women Against Abuse Selected as Finalist for Lipman Family Prize
Women Against Abuse is proud to be a finalist for The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania. The Lipman Family Prize celebrates innovative organizations around the world that create positive social impact by their dedication to causes including education, healthcare, human rights, gender equality, legal aid, and environmental sustainability. Women Against Abuse is being recognized for its role in establishing Shared Safety, Philadelphia's response to relational violence.
To learn more about the Lipman Family Prize, read the official press release below.
For Immediate Release
March 8, 2017
Women Against Abuse
Lipman Family Prize
Women Against Abuse Selected as Finalist for the Lipman Family Prize
PHILADELPHIA - Women Against Abuse has been named as one of three finalists for the 2017 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize, along with We Care Solar and Seeding Labs. The winning organization will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds, as well as executive training and support from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. The grand prize winner will be announced at the official awards ceremony on April 28th in Philadelphia.
"The Lipman Family Prize identifies and promotes game-changing ideas that solve social problems. Of the hundreds of organizations we analyzed for this year's prize, Women Against Abuse rose to the top because of their innovative approach and their potential for social impact," said Umi Howard, Director of The Lipman Family Prize.
"We are honored to be among the finalists for this prestigious award, because it means we have access to a dynamic community of experts and change-agents around the world, who learn from and enrich each other’s work," said Jeannine Lisitski, Executive Director and President of Women Against Abuse. "We are also thrilled that Shared Safety, Philadelphia's response to relational violence, is receiving this recognition, because we believe this collective impact approach could serve as a national model and create a future free from abuse in its varied forms."
In addition to a chance at the $250,000 financial prize -- which is offered to the winner without restrictions -- the Lipman Family Prize finalists gain access to a growing network of change-makers and thought-leaders to accelerate cutting-edge change worldwide. The Prize connects those on the cusp of great change with resources, skills and people-power to expand the impact and influence of their ideas. Benefits include an executive education program, an exclusive opportunity to apply for the Lipman Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship, pro-bono consultation from University faculty and staff, peer learning events, as well as expert- and student-driven research to inform and guide their work.
About the Lipman Family Prize
First awarded in 2012, the Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize that advances creative solutions by inspiring people to think together in new ways. Administered by the Wharton School on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania, the Prize is committed to resourcing and connecting change-makers to bring innovative ideas to new places and problems around the world. Previous winners include iDE, READ Global, Breakthrough, and Riders for Health.
About the Wharton School
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,200 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 94,000 graduates.
About the 2017 Finalists
We Care Solar, based in Boston, makes portable, cost-effective Solar suitcases that power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low-resource areas without reliable electricity.
Berkeley-based Seeding Labs helps talented scientists in developing countries conduct life-changing research by equipping them with the tools, training and connections they need to be on the cutting edge of global discovery.
Based in Philadelphia, Women Against Abuse provides a continuum of care - from telephone crisis counseling to long-term supportive housing - for people experiencing intimate partner violence. The organization is being recognized for its vision and implementation of Shared Safety, a collective impact approach that is revolutionizing Philadelphia's response to relational violence.