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Established in 2020, the Law & Social Policy Legacy Award recognizes organizations defending and advocating for low-wage workers' rights and to increase knowledge of this work in the philanthropic community. The Public Welfare Foundation spent more than a decade supporting public policy and system reforms to improve the lives of low-wage working people in the United States. This prize will commemorate and build on Public Welfare Foundation’s support to the field and honor the critical role law and social policy organizations play in building an economy that works for all.

Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF) is a network of national, regional and local funders working to advance economic equity and opportunity in the United States. A $10,000 award will be given by EOF with support from Public Welfare Foundation annually until 2030 as a part of their legacy investment into the Workers’ Rights field. Awardees will be recognized at EOF’s Annual Budget and Tax Briefing in March.

EOF seeks nominees whose work is:

  • Significant: The nominee’s work is critical to improving low-wage workers’ lives and advances best practice in the field. This may be through innovation (testing new tactics or engaging new allies) or a deep commitment to sustained progress over time.
  • Collaborative: The nominee's work is collaborative, engaged in concert with partners and impacted communities.
  • Systemic: The nominee’s work will have lasting impact, advancing structural and systems change.   

The award is open to any 501c3 organization (or fiscally sponsored project) working in the field of law and social policy to advance low wage workers’ rights in the United States. Nominated organizations may be of any size or budget and work may have just started or occurred over years. Individuals are not eligible. Previous Law & Social Policy Legacy Award nominees are eligible to be nominated again in subsequent years. Previous awardees are not eligible.

Anyone can make a nomination, and self-nominations are allowed. Nominators may make one nomination per year.


Please review our Frequently Asked Questions before submitting a nomination. The nomination form has three Parts – information about you as the nominator (Part I), the organization you are nominating (Part II), and the organization’s work to defend and advocate for the rights of low-wage workers (Part III).


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  • If you start a submission and would like to finish later, you can save a draft of your work. 
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  • Please do not email, mail or fax any additional documents. We will not accept any documents that do not come through the online nomination form.

The winner will be notified via phone and email in late November 2021. During the review process, we will not be able to answer questions about the status of nominations. For questions related to the nomination process, please contact Cema Siegel at csiegel@eofnetwork.org.


  • Nominations open: September 15, 2022
  • Nomination submission deadline: 11:59 PM ET on November 7, 2022
  • Award winner notified: December 2022
  • Award winner recognized: April 2023 at the EOF Annual Budget and Tax Briefing

Download a copy of the 2023 Law & Social Policy Award nomination instructions and form here

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