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Seacology wins prestigious 2024 Lipman Family Prize

April 19, 2024

We are so excited to share that our nonprofit has been named the grand prize winner of the 2024 Lipman Family Prize! Awarded by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the prize includes a $250,000 award to support our innovative work protecting the threatened ecosystems and cultures of islands around the world.

The award and its stipend will let Seacology continue to increase its impact by expanding to new countries and islands. Seacology will also step up its public outreach, spreading the word about threats facing the world’s fragile island ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.

The Lipman Family Prize is also honoring Food for Education, based in Kenya, and international NGO Simprints. These three nonprofits were chosen from a pool of more than 130 applicants. Seacology was named the grand prize recipient at a ceremony in Philadelphia on April 18. 

“These three dynamic and innovative winners are now part of the Lipman Prize network, and we look forward to continuing our work with them in the coming years,” said Euria Min, Director of the Lipman Family Prize. The grand prize grant is the latest recognition of Seacology’s unique and innovative approach to conservation. 

“I am thrilled that The Lipman Family Prize has recognized Seacology for our leadership, impact, and transferability of ideas,” said Duane Silverstein, Seacology’s executive director. “The $250,000 award will be used to expand our worldwide island-based conservation programs. We are also excited that the prize comes with non-monetary educational benefits and partnership opportunities at Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania.”

First awarded in 2012, the Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize that honors nonprofit organizations based on their leadership, impact, innovation, and transferability of ideas. Administered by the Wharton School on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania, the Prize is committed to resourcing and connecting change-makers to bring their leading solutions to new places and problems around the world.

From left, Simprints CEO Toby Norman, Food For Education Executive Director Wawira Njiru, Seacology Executive Director Duane Silverstein, Wharton School Dean Erika James, Barry and Marie Lipman