The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards is a not-for-profit program that gives financial awards to everyday heroes who are making the world a better place for women and children, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform and esteem. These awards honor the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe.
The 2015 program took place between April and June, 2015. An esteemed selection committee was established to review the applications. Three applicants received a grant from The Ascena Foundation. The grand prize winner received $100,000 for their organization, and our two runners-up each received $25,000 grants. We are pleased to now launch the Third Annual Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards.
Nominees who meet the eligibility requirements and complete the application process will be evaluated by a panel of judges, chosen by Sponsor, who will apply the following criteria according to the percentage weights indicated:
High impact – The Program’s work has resulted in clear benefits for women and/or children in the United States and has the potential for further benefits (36%).
Serving Those in Need – The Program focuses on lower-to-middle class populations as beneficiaries (20%).
Unique Approach – The Program has an innovative and entrepreneurial approach that addresses a challenge and tackles risk in a unique way (14%).
Off the Grid – At the time when nominations are evaluated in this contest, the Program are not widely known, nor does the Organization already have large partnerships or grants. (12%).
Scalable – The Program can be expanded/replicated and applied to other locations (18%).
Goals of the Awards
The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards were designed to recognize the spirit and values of Roslyn Jaffe. In 1962 along with her husband Elliot Jaffe, they co-founded dressbarn. Since then the Jaffes, along with their family, have built a successful multi-brand enterprise. Dressbarn is now one of five brands in the Ascena family. Mrs. Jaffe’s support for women in the workplace coupled with her appreciation for family and community have created a caring environment that embodies the values that were in place during the early years of the company. These Awards aim to recognize promising individuals that demonstrate her values in an effort to help women and children across the country.
Anyone who is at least eighteen (18) years old may nominate an individual in this Contest.
Nominees in this Contest must be:
Legal residents of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia,
At least eighteen (18) years old on the date of nomination in this Contest, and
The creator or founder of a social impact organization (“Organization”)