The Chapman Prize

Chapman Award logo2018 was the first year with the Chapman Prize in the Council's Awards portfolio. Established through the Daniel and Barbara Chapman Trust, the Chapman Prize recognizes and honors the efforts and achievements of individuals and organizations who make significant contributions to society. The award will focus on a different theme each year, for example: Arts & Culture, Economic Prosperity, Educational Success, Health & Wellness. Between $80,000-$100,000 will be awarded each year. This year’s prize will be awarded to a charitable individual or organization who has contributed most significantly to the improvement of economic prosperity in the United States.

2019 Theme

In many communities across the country, the availability of good paying jobs, modernized infrastructure, and sustainable economic growth are still concerns 10 years after the Great Recession of the late 2000’s. In a rapidly changing landscape of evolving technologies, industry disruptions, and growing wealth disparities, philanthropic leaders are seeking effective economic strategies that create more inclusive economic ecosystems in communities and pathways to prosperity for individuals and families.

Communities differ in their definition of economic prosperity. There is no cookie-cutter approach to achieving prosperity across a diverse America. Yet, there are fundamentals key to developing inclusive economic ecosystems:  talent development, innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurship. These elements, along with an understanding of how financial capital is accessed and business growth trends across industry sectors, are important to any economic development outcome in any community.

The Chapman Prize is open to any charitable individual, nonprofit, or foundation that is making a critical difference in improving economic prosperity in the United States. Successful nominations will demonstrate their:

  • National Impact
  • Role as Change Agent
  • Collaboration among Partners
  • Improvement to Public Health and Safety
  • Sustainability of the Project

All nominations must be received by midnight (ET) on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Only current Council members may submit nominations, but non-members may be nominated. Nominations will be vetted by Council staff to ensure eligibility and scored by an external panel of your peers.  These scores will inform the final selection of the Chapman Prize by the Chapman Trustees.

The Chapman Prize is accompanied by a cash award averaging between $80,000 to $100,000.

Submit a Nomination

Nomination Process

All entries must be completed using the Council’s online application form and submitted by a current Council member. The form will be available beginning Monday, July 8, 2019, at The deadline for completing submission is 11:59 p.m. ET, Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Nominations must include:

  • Executive Summary about the applicant and project (200-300 words)
  • A Project Summary which describes how the nomination meets the award criteria (750 words)
  • One letter or statement of support for the value of the effort that is not written by the organization under consideration.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Supporting Documentation: One additional item (not to exceed five pages) may be included as an attachment. The supporting item must be submitted with the application, and may take the form of review of the implementation effort, analysis of the results, newspaper clipping, editorials, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominees must be either a U.S. citizen, foundation or nonprofit;
  • Nominees must have been conducting charitable work for at least three years;
  • Individual or organization must be nominated by a Council member, although Council membership is not required to win;
  • All entries must include a letter of support from either a community member or organization impacted by the nominee's charitable works.

Award Criteria

Successful nominations will demonstrate their:

  • National Impact
  • Role as Change Agent
  • Collaboration among Partners
  • Improvement to Public Health and Safety
  • Sustainability of the Project

Benefits for Award Winners

  • The award winner will gain additional recognition through a profile on the Council's website and blog and potentially through Council-led programming.
  • The Council will issue a press release, which the awardee's organization can use to announce the honor to their community, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • The award winner will receive a cash prize between $80,000 and $100,000.