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How do I apply, or nominate someone, for the award?

Nomination forms to be provided beginning March 15, 2018.  Nomination forms will be available at www.jaffeawards.com and paper nominations forms will be available from most dressbarn, Lane Bryant, Catherines, maurices, Justice, Ann Taylor, Loft, or Lou & Grey retail locations.

What is the minimum age requirement for nominees?

Nominees must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

Can I apply if I live outside the United States?

No, all nominees must reside in the United States.

What is the deadline for applying?

All nominations must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM ET on May 24, 2018. All applications must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM ET on May 31, 2018.

Can I nominate myself or a family member?

Yes, you can nominate yourself and/or a family member.

Can an employee of ascena be nominated?

No, employees of ascena and their immediate family members are not eligible to be nominated.

Will organizations based outside the United States be considered?

No, all Organizations must be based in the United States and must provide programming for US-based recipients.

What if my organization is based in the United States but reaches recipients, or does work, internationally?

Your Organization is not eligible. All programming activities and recipients must be based in the United States.

Does my Organization need to be a formal nonprofit, a 501(c)(3)?

Not necessarily. Your Organization either (1) must itself be a legal entity that has received and maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS (throughout the entire contest and the prize-fulfillment process) OR (2) it must hold a formalized, written fiscal-sponsorship arrangement with another legal entity that has received and maintains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS (throughout the entire contest and prize-fulfillment process).  This other entity is referred to in these FAQs and the other contest materials as a “Fiscal Sponsor.”

Can the nominated Organization be a business?

The nominee’s Organization (or its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) may operate a corporation under its tax-exempt status, but the Organization (or is fiscal sponsor, if applicable) must be a registered 501(c)(3) to be eligible for the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards.

Does the Organization need to be fully operational?

No, the Organization may still be developing and refining its operations or programming, but must have achieved some clear and recognizable progress, impact, or accomplishment towards its objective in order to be eligible. However, Organizations that are entirely in the planning and development stages (and have no operations) at the time of nomination are not eligible. In addition, an Organization that can show strong impact will be scored more favorably under the judging criteria.

Does the Organization need to address specific issues?

Yes, the nominated Organization’s programming must benefit U.S. women and/or children in the areas of health, education, leadership development, social reform and/or esteem.

Is my Organization still eligible if some of the beneficiaries of my Organization’s programming could be considered middle class or upper-middle class?

Yes, but the majority of participants or beneficiaries must be from lower-to-middle class populations.

How do you define “lower-to-middle” class?

The application will be judged on its ability to demonstrate the lower-to-middle class status of its target.

Will the nominee be considered if they are only working on the Organization part-time?

Yes, we understand that nominees may be working at a job while they are starting an Organization that is not fully funded.

Can a nominee be considered if (s)he is not the founder of the Organization and its principal decision maker in management and development matters?

No, all nominees must be at least a co-founder and the primary decision-maker for the Organization’s management and development.


For any additional questions, please email us at JaffeAward@tccgrp.com.