The John W. Gardner Leadership Award was established in 1985 to honor outstanding Americans who exemplify the leadership and the ideals of John W. Gardner (1912-2002), American statesman and founding chair of Independent Sector.
The John W. Gardner Leadership Award recognizes living Americans who through their body of work have made significant contributions to the nonprofit and philanthropic community, whose leadership has been transformative, who have mobilized and unified people, institutions or causes, and whose efforts have improved the community of life on our planet. The award honors visionaries who have empowered constituencies, strengthened participation, and inspired movements.
Award recipients are builders -- people who, quite apart from personal achievements, have raised the capacity of others to advance the common good. Their leadership has either had national or international impact or, if at the regional level, has attracted wide recognition and imitation.
Whatever means they use, their work has transformed their chosen field, has served as a role model to other fields, and has had a significant impact on advancing not only their own institutional interests, but also the broader interests of the charitable community. Two or more individuals, whose combined leadership demonstrates a strong and successful collaboration resulting in the breadth of impact and advancement of the common good contemplated by the Award, are eligible to be nominated and honored jointly.
2014 John W. Gardner Leadership Luncheon
On November 18, 2014, in Seattle, Independent Sector will present the 2014 John W. Gardner Leadership Award to our 2014 recipient, Alberto Ibargüen. Read more about Alberto's transformative leadership below and click here to learn more and to register to attend the Luncheon and our 2014 National Conference.
Hear from 2013 Gardner Award recipient Constance L. "Connie" Rice on how to effect large-scale change:
John W. Gardner was the ultimate builder of ideas and unifier of people and causes. He was an active and distinguished participant in America's educational, philanthropic, and political life.
About the Nomination Process2014 Recipient: Alberto Ibargüen
Alberto Ibargüen, our 2014 Gardner Award Recipient, is president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. We will honor Alberto for his transformative leadership in the fields of journalism, the arts, and community engagement.
Read more about Alberto and learn about his work in building grass-roots community engagement through information and shared cultural experiences. Then see details of our 2014 John W. Gardner Leadership Luncheon, learn more about our 2014 National Conference, and join us in Seattle.
Past recipients of the John W. Gardner Leadership Award include Jeff Skoll, Bill Drayton, General Colin and Alma Powell, and Geoffrey Canada. See them all.