Highmark’s 10 Years of Public Service!

April 28, 2016 by

Since 2007, Highmark Health has been a Jefferson Awards Champion, celebrating those who have made it their life’s work to give back. Yesterday, we were honored to celebrate their 10-year anniversary! After a decade of employee volunteerism, Highmark has recognized 113 nominees. By celebrating those who impact lives, they inspire others to act. And the results […]

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Mentorship Powers Public Service

April 4, 2016 by

“With whom you go is more important than where you go,” Peter Klein, Founder of PK Associates LLC, often says. This belief guides his role as a mentor to Lillian Pravda, the 16-year old Founder & CEO (Chief Eyesight Optimist) of Vision For and From Children, which has helped over 26,000 kids globally receive the […]

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Nominate a Local Hero for a Jefferson Award!

March 14, 2016 by

The Jefferson Awards Foundation believes in two main principles: that any one can be a hero, and that celebration is inspiration. These beliefs drive our efforts to honor thousands of local unsung heroes each year in communities across America. Every day, women and men of all ages are making a difference in people’s lives, and […]

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A New Partnership with Bright Funds!

March 7, 2016 by

Today, we are very excited to announce a partnership with Bright Funds! Through this partnership, our Champions — over 200 organizations that share our vision and values and employ 6.4 million people — will have access to the Bright Funds enterprise platform, which provides employees with giving, matching and volunteering programs. This will help amplify […]

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Sam Beard on Youth Service

February 17, 2016 by

In 1972, Sam Beard co-founded the Jefferson Awards Foundation along with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. to create a Nobel Prize for public service. He has had the privilege of initiating and then chairing programs for seven Presidents of the United States: Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. By Sam […]

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LEAD 360 Reflection: Dream Boxes

February 10, 2016 by

2015 was a monumental year for LEAD360 winner, Patricia Manubay. Her project, Dream Boxes, inspired students to dream big by giving them a box of school supplies along with a note of encouragement. The LEAD360 program helped activate and scale Dream Boxes, and thanks to her hard work, over 67,000 Dream Boxes were donated across the […]

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Students In Action Profile – Grant Domingo

January 28, 2016 by

Students In Action (SIA) is an intensive leadership training program by the Jefferson Awards Foundation that is active in over 400 schools. To date, this program, has trained over 16,000 teenagers who have generated 17,000,000 hours of service—making meaningful, measurable impact on their communities and schools. This is a guest blog post by Grant Domingo, […]

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Bay Area Jefferson Awards Ceremony!

January 19, 2016 by

On January 13th, KPIX and KCBS in San Francisco honored the Bay Area’s 2015 Jefferson Award winners for their outstanding public service. The event included San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt and NFL legend Ronnie Lott. Over 50 people were honored for impacting their communities–proving that anyone can make a difference and be a hero. […]

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#VociesofJAF – December 31st – Sam Beard

December 31, 2015 by

“At the age 75, in last quarter of my life, I will surpass whatever I have done to date. I’m at the starting gate and I’m ready to rock and roll!” – Sam Beard This quote tells you everything you need to know about our incomparable founder, Sam Beard. He was recently honored with a […]

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#VoicesofJAF – December 30th – Tom Brokaw

December 30, 2015 by

“The very idea behind the Jefferson Awards is one of the most important big ideas that we need to embrace in the world today. This country was founded in part on Public service.” -Tom Brokaw Tom Brokaw has spent his entire distinguished journalism career with NBC News beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau […]

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