The Selection Process

Organizations interested in pursuing the 2024 Impact Prize must first register to be able to receive an application to compete for the Prize. 


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Interested 501(c)(3) organizations must register to apply. Registration opens on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. An informal webinar will be hosted soon after registration opens for approved applicants.


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Registrants that meet the mandatory criteria will receive an invitation to apply. 




All applications must be completed by 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Friday, May 24, 2024. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline. 


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The Prize Committee members will work independently and collaboratively to evaluate each application.


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The winning organization(s) will be notified by the end of June 2024. 

2024 Impact Prize Criteria

Your organization is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit

Your organization has an annual operating budget of less than $5 million for at least two of the last four fiscal years

Organizations demonstrating innovation or sustained excellence in one or more of the following programmatic priorities are encouraged to apply for the 2024 Impact Prize:
  • Design and delivery of workforce development programs that effectively train and place individuals from diverse backgrounds in career sectors offering clear pathways to wage growth and overall career advancement opportunities

  • Increase access, demand, support, and participation in workforce development training programs

  • Focus on meeting targeted specific regional employment needs within an organization’s local workforce development geography, including programs in rural areas

Additionally, we welcome proposals with one or more of the following 2024 Impact Prize Priorities:
  • Creative use of technology
  • Leveraging available Federal, State, and City funding programs
  • Leveraging existing educational infrastructure and programs such as Community Colleges
  • Increased diversity amongst traditional applicant pools
  • Providing “soft skills” support to help overcome hurdles known to impede job applicants from achieving employment and career success

“We cannot expect to have a thriving, engaged workforce unless every worker has access to quality jobs – ones that include family-sustaining wages and benefits, as well as flexibility, autonomy and pathways for professional advancement.”  — Maria Flynn, Jobs for the Future

The Prize Committee: Meet our panel of Prize judges

President & CEO
Per Scholas
Former President
Markle Foundation
Vice President
Center for Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Vice President & Executive Director for Programs
Pinkerton Foundation
President & CEO
Jobs for the Future
Founder & CEO
Iovino Enterprises
Chief Program & Impact Officer
Robin Hood Foundation
Jobs for the Future
Senior Awards Director
Lever for Change
Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives
Associated General Contractors of America
Senior Director of Education Advancement & Credentialing
Associated General Contractors of America