How it Works

Nominations are determined by an open call for nominees. Our Board of Selectors is then tasked with voting for finalists.

Nominations are closed for 2024.

Who Can Nominate

Everyone is invited to submit a nomination for one of seven National Jefferson Awards categories each year. Other national level awards are determined programmatically and are not open for public nomination or selection. 

The Selection Process

The Board of Selectors votes to determine national award recipients. Our Selectors are chosen for their commitment to public service and span age, occupation, and point of view. They represent the diversity and individualism which is the hallmark of this country.

The Award

Recipients of a Jefferson Award receive a medallion of gold, silver, or bronze. Gold medallions are awarded to National recipients. Silver and bronze medallions are presented to individuals recognized locally.


  • Why should I nominate an individual for a Jefferson Award?

    We were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard as a national awards platform focused on extraordinary achievement in public service. For over 50 years, we have consistently celebrated elevated and recognized individuals who build better communities and contribute to better a future for those around them. A Jefferson Awards puts the nominee among the most distinguished individuals in America and part of our national community of service.

  • If I sponsor an event, or buy a ticket, how is my money used?

    Thanks to our Board of Governors and a small group of dedicated philanthropists, Multiplying Good is a 100% impact model. That means that your entire sponsorship and / or ticket price is solely dedicated to program delivery and impact.

  • Who is eligible for a Jefferson Award?

    National Awards are given to individuals and groups for excellence in service at a national or international scale. There are eight categories of national awards. Local grassroots unsung heroes, employees, and youth become eligible for national awards as well through participation in our programs. All award recipients must be American citizens, though their impact can have global reach. Click here for more information on the various awards categories.

  • How can I nominate an individual for a Jefferson Award?

    We currently run a month long digital campaign in the first part of the year to solicit nominations for all national categories. Our Board of Selectors is then tasked to vote for finalists and we work on confirming recipients throughout the spring of each year. Everyone is invited to submit nominations.