The Opus Prize is given annually to recognize unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today’s most persistent social problems. This $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and two $100,000 awards are collectively one of the world’s largest faith-based, humanitarian awards for social innovation.
Opus Prize winners combine an entrepreneurial spirit with an abiding faith to combat seemingly intractable global issues like poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease and injustice. Opus Prize winners demonstrate that change is possible, empowering and inspiring all of us.
Previous Opus Prize winners' work has included establishing an innovative public health program for the poor in Brazil, addressing the overwhelming poverty of farm workers in central Florida and tackling youth illiteracy in India. With the Prize money, winners have gone on to replicate their successful programs and implement organizational plans.
Selecting an Opus Prize Winner
Origins and Values
Envisioned as a “cannon-shot” of recognition and support, the Opus Prize is designed to provide a single, significant infusion of resources to advance the winner’s work to a new level of impact, provide greater visibility and attract other supporters. The first Opus Prize was awarded in 2004.
Opus Prize winners embody the Foundation’s core values of entrepreneurship, transformational leadership, faith lived each day, service to others and respect for the dignity of the human person. Most significantly, Opus Prize winners exemplify the adage, “Give a person a fish; you have fed him for a day. Teach a person to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.”
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