About the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards

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/or children, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform and esteem. These awards honor the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe.

The 2016 program launched in April 2016 and received a record number of nominations. Three applicants received grants from The ascena Foundation. The grand prize winner received $100,000 for their organization, and our two runners-up each received $25,000 grants! 

This year’s program ran from April 2017 through June 2017 and received over 2,000 nominations. This fall, a selection committee of experts reviewed the applications and the ascena Foundation awarded three grants. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 for his or her organization. Two runners up will each receive $25,000 grants.

About Roslyn S. Jaffe

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 self-esteem. These awards honor the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe. In 1962, Roslyn S. Jaffe was a working mother who, with her husband Elliot, saw a need and had a brilliant business idea - a one-stop-shop that offered the convenience of a value-based, yet, fashion forward “work” wardrobe solution for busy women, like herself. Roslyn and Elliot seized the opportunity and opened a small store named dressbarn in Stamford, CT and helped transform it into what is now ascena retail group inc., a multibillion dollar family of brands including Ann Taylor, Loft, Lou & Grey, maurices, dressbarn, Lane Bryant, Catherines, and Justice. It is Mrs. Jaffe’s quiet strength, determination and commitment to giving back to the communities in which we do business that inspired these awards.

Why the lemon tree?

Mrs. Jaffe believes in the adage, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” At ascena we believe this expression is about seeing opportunity where others may not. It’s about making the best of every situation and always moving forward. It is Mrs. Jaffe’s quiet strength, determination and commitment to giving back to the communities in which we do business that has inspired these awards.

About ascena Foundation

ascena Foundation, established by ascena retail group inc, is passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. ascena Foundation supports ascena’s family of purpose-driven brands that focus their charitable giving for the benefit of women and children, and the causes most important to them.