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Hidden Heroes Awards


Hidden Heroes Awards Photo
Hidden Heroes Awards Photo
Hidden Heroes Awards Photo
Hidden Heroes Awards Photo
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The Story

EVENT DATE: Nov 20, 2011

DEADLINE TO GIVE: Dec 20, 2011


The Hidden Heroes Award is a program of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Through this award, we are able to find and highlight ordinary people doing extraordinary work in their communities. Our mission is to empower and support “Hidden Heroes” - individuals who take creative and effective action to promote human dignity, civil rights and social justice. Their actions are characterized by personal initiative, selflessness, fearlessness, compassion, imagination, and achievement. Each year, The Andrew Goodman Foundation honors and provides grants to at least four individuals or community-based organizations who exemplify our mission.


Ignite Hidden Heroes

Our Hidden Heroes (see below) are solving today's problems with the passion and selflessness that has proved to effectively create meaningful social change. Your Hidden Heroes donation directly impacts the honorees recognized by the Foundation. The Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to bring together the Heroes and their communities as well as pay it forward to next year's honorees. Individuals and organizations that work to make our society more peaceful, just, sustainable and empowered need to be championed and supported. Please join us in recognizing and sustaining good work by making a donation to Hidden Heroes today.


Donate or Start a Hidden Heroes Team!

Every dollar counts. Here's a few ways our Heroes have put your dollars to use:

provides school supplies for underprivileged children
$50 provides financial literacy tools to low-income families
$100 pays for a city child to grow a community garden or visit the Adirondacks
$250 supports environmental protection programs
$500 helps women in conflict-affected countries learn business skills to spur local economies
$1,000 mentors and educates an entrepreneur for three months
$5,000 supports a Hidden Hero honoree for one year


2011 Hidden Heroes
Deborah Bial, President and Founder, Posse Foundation
Yusuf Burgess, Family Intervention Specialist, Green Tech High Charter School
Susan Retik, President and Co-Founder, Beyond the 11th
The Rev. Nicholas S. Richards, President and Co-founder, The Abyssinian Fund

2010 Hidden Heroes
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE (video clip on right)
Jennifer Papa, Founder and Executive Director, City Green
Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director, TheatreworksUSA
Catherine Shimony and Joan Shifrin, Co-founders and Co-directors, Global Goods Partners

2009 Hidden Heroes
Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Tashi Dolma, Founder, Tibetan Home of Hope
Gwenn Levine, Founder, Paterson Youth Photography Project
Toni Maloney, Chairperson, Business Council for Peace

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