Heinz Family Foundation gives unrestricted cash prizes to outstanding individuals
September 14, 2012
The Heinz Family Foundation and Teresa Heinz recently announced the winners of the 18th annual Heinz Awards. These outstanding individuals, who were selected based on groundbreaking work they had already performed, will receive unrestricted $250,000 cash prizes to help them further their work across five arenas - arts and humanities, economy and employment, the environment, public policy and the human condition.
The Heinz awards were established in 1993 by Teresa Heinz to further her late husband's belief that investments in people are the most profitable and important. U.S. Senator John Heinz, first heir to the Heinz Company, broke from family tradition to enter a political career, but died in 1991.
"The spirit of the Heinz Awards has never felt more relevant or more important than it does right now. At a time when so much of our public discourse is about limits and the barriers to action … our five recipients stand as a testament to the American spirit," said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation.
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