The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards is open for application and will end by Sunday, June 21, 2020, at 11:59 pm EDT. The award is an annual cash prize totaling $250,000. It recognises the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty.
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The grand prize is $100,000 with three additional prizes at $50,000 each, for a total of four prizes. The awards are presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen.
In 2020, the awards are supported by the leading US and Australian based cellular medicines company, Mesoblast Ltd, and global fund management group, Paradice Investment Management Pty Ltd.
The Chairman and Founder of the Melbourne-based Waislitz Foundation, Alex Waislitz has this to say “Ending extreme poverty is not a choice, it’s an obligation. My hope is that it will inspire many thousands of people around the world to do what they can to improve the living standards of those in dire need”.
About Waislitz Foundation
The Waislitz Foundation was founded by Australian investor and businessman, Alex Waislitz in 2013.
The foundation represents a new approach to giving. It aims to invest in, and have a direct social impact on, some of the world’s biggest social problems through active participation in the projects it supports.
The foundation does not accept unsolicited submissions but rather seeks out and partners with organisations, which it believes, can make a real difference especially in the areas of education, poverty eradication, health, and indigenous affairs.
It aims to improve the quality of people’s lives through innovative initiatives and partnerships.
About Global Citizen
Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions, as part of a global community committed to lasting change.
The mission of Global Citizen is to build a movement of 100M action-taking Global Citizens to help achieve their vision of ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Waislitz Global Citizen Awards Description
The 2020 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards feature four awards totaling $250,000. This is how the award will be distributed:
- $100,000: Waislitz Global Citizen Award (Grand Prize)
- $50,000: The Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award
- $50,000: The Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award
- $50,000: The Waislitz Global Citizen COVID-19 Response Award
The four winners will be profiled in editorial pieces that will be featured on the Global Citizen platform and social media in addition to the cash prize.
Also, due to COVID-19, there will not be an award ceremony in 2020.
All applicants will be evaluated based on individual merit, including the following five key areas:
- Global Citizenship: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
- Proof of Concept: Does the applicant have a strong proof of concept with at least 1-2 years of impact towards ending extreme poverty?
- Disruption: Has the applicant created a measurable impact in an innovative manner that disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty to exist?
- Scalability: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?
- Adaptability: Can the applicant demonstrate examples of their ability to adapt and evolve to changing conditions?
The grand prize, Waislitz Global Citizen Award will be awarded to an applicant based on the 5 criteria listed above.
The Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award will be awarded to an individual who excels in the “Disruption” criteria.
Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award will be selected with input from public online voting by the Global Citizen community.
The Waislitz Global Citizen COVID-19 Response Award will be awarded to an applicant who excels in the “Adaptability” criteria and has implemented a specific adaptation, pivot or new program that addresses the impacts of COVID-19.
Eligibility For The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards
The awards are for individuals or individual representatives of organizations. The prize will be awarded to an individual, but the money will be allocated to the organization that the individual works for.
Entrants aged eighteen (18) years of age or older from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply for the awards.
The awards are for individuals who have demonstrated impact towards ending extreme poverty over a minimum of 1-2 years.
After application, you will be notified of your application status on or around July 27, 2020.
Are you an entrepreneur and meet the criteria, head to https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/programs/waislitz-award/ to apply now.