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Jefferson Awards for Public Service

Multiplying Good, formerly the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, was created in 1972 by the American Institute for Public Service.[1][2] The organization officially launched its new brand, with its slogan "The Power of Service to Others," on February 13th, 2019, in an effort to more closely align the foundations' name with its mission. The organization seeks to multiply good in four distinct but related ways: The Jefferson Awards for Public Service, Youth Programs, Champions Programs, and Media Partners.The Jefferson Awards are given at both national and local levels, and recognize those individuals who have embodied the spirit of service that the organization was founded with.[3] Local winners are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition and come from national networks of "Media Partners" and "Corporate Champions", and from the associated "Students In Action", Lead360 and GlobeChangers programs. Multiplying Good is led by its CEO, Hillary Schafer, its president, Sam Beard, and its chairman, Jack Russi, in conjunction with the Foundation's board of governors.

Jefferson Awards for Public Service
IndustryPublic Service, Non-Profit
FounderJacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Robert Taft, Jr.
Samuel Beard
HeadquartersWilmington, Delaware


The Jefferson Awards for Public ServiceEdit

The Jefferson Awards Foundation, the historic service recognition platform of Multiplying Good, "recognizes, inspires and activates volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America." The Institute was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard.


In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Samuel Beard founded the Jefferson Awards for Public Service to establish the nation's premier public service award. The Jefferson Awards is led by the board of Selectors who choose the national winners and oversee the activities of the organization. In 2019, in order to reflect the evolving purpose and intention of the organization, The Jefferson Awards Foundation rebranded itself as Multiplying Good. The new brand officially launched on February 13, 2019.

National Awards CeremonyEdit

The awards are presented each year during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June, where a broad array of honorees are recognized. Also recognized are organizations – companies that represent the pinnacle in corporate citizenship and schools that best reflect the Jeffersonian ideals of citizen involvement.

List of all past national winnersEdit


U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Outstanding Public Service By An Elected or Appointed Official

S. Roger Horchow Award for Outstanding Public Service by A Private Citizen

Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged

Samuel S. Beard Award for Outstanding Public Service by An Individual 35 Years or Under

Outstanding Public Service in Professional Sports

Lifetime Achievement in Public Service

Outstanding National or Global Service by a Young American 25 Years or Under

Outstanding Public Service by a Corporation

1973 Henry Kissinger John W. Gardner Cesar Chavez Joseph A. Yablonski
1974 Elliot Richardson Ralph Nader Thomas Szasz Maynard Jackson
1975 Peter W. Rodino Jr. Katharine Graham Rev. Leon Sullivan R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
1976 Arthur F. Burns, Alan Greenspan, William E. Simon John D. Rockefeller, III Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Vilma S. Martinez
1977 Michael Mansfield Art Buchwald Howard Rusk Max Cleland
1978 Hubert H. Humphrey Paul Mellon Jerry Lewis Bernard Powell
1979 Kenneth Gibson, William Donald Schaefer, Coleman A. Young Howard Jarvis Jesse Jackson Denis Hayes
1980 Cyrus R. Vance Norman Borlaug Allard Lowenstein US Olympic Hockey Team
1981 Warren Christopher Walter Cronkite Marva Collins David Stockman
1982 Howard H. Baker Bob Hope Claude Pepper Henry Cisneros
1983 Paul A. Volcker Kirk Douglas Helen Hayes Jan Scruggs
1984 William H. Webster J. Peter Grace Maude E. Callen Sally Ride
1985 James A. Baker, III Lee Iacocca Betty Ford Trevor Ferrell

Mary Beth Tober

1986 George P. Shultz H. Ross Perot Eugene Lang Robert Hayes
1987 Justice William J. Brennan Irving Brown Ginetta Sagan Steven Jobs
1988 C. Everett Koop James W. Rouse Fr. Bruce Ritter Marlee Matlin
1989 Paul Nitze Leo Cherne Kimi Gray Marc Buoniconti
1990 General Colin Powell Jimmy Carter Jaime Escalante Anne Donahue
1991 Dick Cheney Robert C. Macauley Marian Wright Edelman Wendy Kopp
1992 Justice Thurgood Marshall Faye Wattleton Eunice Shriver Michael Brown and Alan Khazei
1993 Carla Hills James Burke Arthur Ashe Mary Taylor
1994 George Mitchell, Bob Michel Jim and Sarah Brady Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward Wayne Meisel
1995 Justice Harry Blackmun Walter H. Annenberg Barbara Bush Stacey Bess
1996 Sam Nunn Brian Lamb Rosalynn Carter Andrea Jaeger
1997 Robert Dole Nancy Brinker Oseola McCarty Michael Danziger
1998 Robert Rubin Oprah Winfrey Thaddeus S. Lott, Sr. Bobby Jindal
1999 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Elizabeth Dole Millard Fuller Anthony Shriver
2000 John Glenn Elayne Bennett Benjamin Carson, M.D. Faith Hill
2001 Madeleine Albright Ted Benna Dorothy Height Lance Armstrong
2002 Rudolph Giuliani Lilly Tartikoff Bill and Melinda Gates Chad Pregracke Ray Chambers
2003 Condoleezza Rice Anne Douglas Mathilde Krim Matthew Meyer
2004 Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Ken Burns Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Kristen Lodal and Brian Kreiter
2005 Lee H. Hamilton, Thomas H. Kean Vartan Gregorian Dave Pelzer Benjamin Shuldiner
2006 John Lewis Michael Feinberg and David Levin I. King Jordan Peyton Manning
2007 Richard Daley Jeffrey Sachs Geoffrey Canada Lindsay Hyde
2008 Joe Lieberman Edward Jagen Darell Hammond Ocean Robbins
2009 Edward Kennedy Greg Mortenson, Pamela Hawley William (Bill) E. Milliken Jennifer Staple[4]
2010 Michael R. Bloomberg, Cory A. Booker Paul Farmer, M.D. Jim Gibbons Tad Skylar Agoglia Nnamdi Asomugha, Tyrus Thomas, Curtis Gunderson, Stuart Holden, Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Justin Tuck, Lauryn Williams, Venus Williams, Ryan Zimmerman Marlo Thomas[5] Ellie Duke, Katherine Foronda, Ted Gonder, Dallas Jessup, Emma Lindle, Tristan Love, Kristen Lowman, Jessie Mintz, Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, Joe Tigani, Kelly Voigt
2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bill Shore Jerry M. Reinsdorf Brittany and Robbie Bergquist Drew Brees, Tamika Catchings, Stephen Curry, Warrick Dunn, Brad Davis, Ernie Els, Ryan Hall, Paul Pierce, CC Sabathia, Brian Westbrook Sicomac Elementary School - Student Council, Sashin Choksh, Morgan Hartley, Greg Nance, Nick Hebert, Patrick Ip, Talia Leman, Sarah Nuss, Mordecai Scott, Jessica Singer, Tyrone Stevenson, Vanessa Strickland Prudential Financial, Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
2012 David H. Petraeus Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis Richard Proudfit[6] Amber Lynn Coffman Marty Lyons, Troy Vincent [7] Robert De Niro Pfizer[8]
2013 Tom Coburn, Patrick Leahy[9] Elie Wiesel[10] Dolores Huerta[11] Neilesh Patel[12] Mark Ein[13] General Electric[14]
2014 Gabrielle Giffords[15] Charles Best,[16] | Andrew Shue[17] Pedro Jose Greer[18] Jack Andraka, Ryan Patrick[19] Mariano Rivera,[20] James Thrash[21] Tom Brokaw[22] Maria Keller,[23] Lillian Pravda Weyerhaeuser
2015 Sonia Sotomayor[24] Jeffrey Skoll,[25] | Ivan Hageman[26] Adam Braun[27] Lauren Bush [28] Fred Jackson,[29] Robby Novak & Brad Montague of Kid President[30] Corinne Hindes & Katrine Kirsebom of Warm Winters [31] Target Corporation[32]
2016 Arne Duncan[33] Sean Parker[34] Kyle Zimmer[35] The Young American Soldier[36] Eric Decker[37] Billie Jean King[38] Sophia Sánchez-Maes[39] Salesforce
2017 Deval Patrick[40] Peter Diamandis, Sheila Johnson[41] Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi[41] Joe Torre[41] Harry Belafonte[41] Laurie Hernandez[41] Warby Parker[41]
2018 Elaine Wynn[42] Bryan Stevenson[43] Alexis Jones[44] Shaquille O'Neil,

Chris Long

Pia Phillips,

Abbie Nelson[45]


Youth ProgramsEdit

In the past decade, Multiplying Good has been placing an increasing amount of emphasis on connecting with young people around the country in the hopes of fostering in them a belief in, and passion for, service. It does so through its Students in Action program, its youth leadership training program, and its recognition of young philanthropists.

Students in ActionEdit

Students In Action (SIA) is a unique youth service, leadership and recognition program that supports, trains and empowers today's youth to be leaders, problem solvers, entrepreneurs and impactful global citizens.[47] Thousands of students have taken part in this program so far, and nearly all of them report feeling a greater sense of empowerment and a larger appreciation for the value of service.

Youth Leadership TrainingEdit

Multiplying Good, through its Youth Leadership Training programs, seeks to provide young people with the skills that they need to turn their ideas for service into reality. The programs are designed not only to instill in the youths who take part the value of service, but also to teach them the practical skills that they need to be effective leaders and servants of their communities.

Youth Service RecognitionEdit

The recognition piece of Multiplying Good's youth programming was designed to reinforce the importance and value of philanthropic work in the minds of those young people who receive awards. Even further, it can help teach important skills, such as public speaking and presentation skills.


The Champions program of Multiplying Good was designed as a means of recognizing the philanthropic achievements and inclinations of the employees of some of the most successful companies in the United States. The hope is that, in doing so, not only will the good that these individuals have done be multiplied, but that there will also be fostered more profound senses of philanthropy and empathy in the company. Through its Champion Partners, Multiplying Good accesses a network of nearly 7.1 million employees nationwide.[48]

Media PartnersEdit

Through its Media Partners, Multiplying Good is able to connect with unsung heroes in communities around the US. The Media Partners provide both a means of connecting with communities around the country and a source of nominations for local Jefferson Awards. There is also a connection to the core values of Multiplying Good. The Media Partners multiply the good of the service provides by men and women around the country by connecting their stories to a larger social narrative. As of today, the Media Partners program reaches over 100 million people around the country, and has awarded over 60,000 Jefferson Awards to American grassroots heroes.[49]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jefferson Awards". Atlanta, Georgia: Gray Television. 2011. Archived from the original on 29 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. The American Institute for Public Service created the Jefferson Awards in 1972, honoring those who have dedicated time to public service.
  2. ^ "Capital Region Jefferson Awards honor local volunteers". San Francisco: Hearst Communications. Archived from the original on 29 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  3. ^ Harris, Dianne (2007), "Chapter 3: Where to find grants & types of grants", The complete guide to writing effective & award winning grants (Google book), Ocala, Florida: Atlantic Publishing Company, p. 84, ISBN 978-1-60138-046-3, OCLC 182779620, retrieved 28 May 2011, For example, the Jefferson Awards for Public Service are sponsored by media outlets, and awards are given at the local and national levels. The award consists of a specially designed medal and media publicity for the cause of the recipient.
  4. ^ Crevier, Nancy (June 19, 2009). "Jennifer Staples Receives Jefferson Award For Public Service". The Newtown Bee. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
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  33. ^ "Arne Duncan - #VoicesofJAF - Blog". Blog. 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
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  35. ^ "Jefferson Award Winner: Kyle Zimmer, First Book - Blog". Blog. 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  36. ^ "And The Jefferson Award for Service Goes to…The Young American Soldier - Mission Continues Blog". Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  37. ^ "Eric Decker Awarded 2016 Jefferson Award". Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  38. ^ "Jefferson Awards Foundation Names Billie Jean King, Eric Decker and Salesforce 2016 National Public Service Award Recipients". PRWeb. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  39. ^ "Rising sophomore wins Jefferson Award for public service". YaleNews. 2016-07-14. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  40. ^ Foundation, The Jefferson Awards. "Jefferson Awards Foundation Honors Joe Torre, Deval Patrick, Sheila Johnson, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi as 2017 National Public Service Honorees". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
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  46. ^ "Past Award Recipients | Jefferson Awards | Multiplying Good". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  47. ^ "Students in Action | Youth Programs | Multiplying Good". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  48. ^ "Champion Recognition | Corporate Partnerships | Multiplying Good". Retrieved 2019-02-13.