➤ Is the $125,000 a grant and when do I receive it?
The Evergreen Prize is a gift consisting of two parts: 1) a $75,000 donation that will be made immediately upon winning the prize to support the winning organization’s efforts to scale their impact and support other organizations in implementing key components of their program; and 2) a $50,000 program acceleration supplement if the organization’s 1-year scale goals are met.
➤ Where and when is the Awards Dinner, and will I know before if we've won?
The Awards Dinner will be held on Monday, October 15th in New York City. We will invite three Finalists to present at the Awards Dinner, and a winner will be selected following the presentations. We will notify applicants whether they are selected as Finalists by mid-September. We will notify Semi-Finalists whether they are selected as Finalists—and therefore invited to the Awards dinner—of their selection no later than September 30th. The Evergreen Prize will pay for travel and a one-night stay for two individuals from each Finalist organization.
➤ Who are the past winners of the Evergreen Prize?
The Evergreen Prize is an annual award. This is the inaugural year of the Evergreen Prize.
➤ Can I submit reports from outside organizations to demonstrate rigorous evidence that our organization or program has directly impacted whether low-income students complete a postsecondary degree or credential?
Yes. In fact, we prefer that you submit reports from independent evaluations outside organizations but will accept internal reports as well.
➤ Can my organization submit Two different programs?
Yes, your organization may submit an application for two programs as long as they are distinct and separate programs for which you have rigorous evidence of the program’s impact on completion of a college or vocational degree for low-income students.
➤ Does my organization or program have to work with students all the way through college to be eligible for the Prize?
No. We recognize there are multiple paths organizations and programs can take to support low-income students to earn a postsecondary degree. For instance, your program might provide intensive advising that helps students go to higher-quality colleges, and by virtue of attending better schools, students graduate at higher rates. Or you might provide skill training that supports students to complete workplace-relevant vocational degrees. Our primary interest is in organizations or programs that can show, ideally through a rigorous independent evaluation, that they have supported more low-income students to earn a college or postsecondary vocational degree.
➤ We want to maintain the integrity of our program while scaling our implementation. Do we have control over how organizations implement our program?
If an organization attributes a program to your organization or brand name, they must implement your program in full. We will not require you to scale portions of your program in a way that denigrates the program.
➤ Will I get the opportunity to solicit funds for my program from the Evergreen Judges?
The judges will be reviewing applications and therefore your program will get visibility from people and foundations interested in this space. We hope this leads to greater interest in your organization but cannot guarantee an opportunity to solicit funds from Evergreen Judges.
➤ What does it mean that the Evergreen Prize Winner will get "ongoing PR and marketing support?"
The Evergreen Prize Steering Committee and a third party PR firm will be promoting the Winner's organization and program immediately following the Award to encourage awareness and incremental donations. This activity will continue for at least 3 months.