Social Entrepreneurs

Each year since 2001, the Manhattan Institute, in conjunction with a committee of distinguished scholars, practitioners, and foundation leaders, selects individuals who have originated and effectively implemented a nonprofit organization providing direct services to those in need. In keeping with the social entrepreneurship program's emphasis on the vitality of American civil society, the award is directed toward those with original ideas brought to fruition with predominantly private support, rather than in response to government grant programs.

Below are a list of organizations recognized by the Manhattan Institute

Organizations Reclaim Youth

P. O. Box 720

Glenwood IL 60425


The Doe Fund, Inc.

232 East 84th Street

New York, NY 10028


A Home Within

2500-18th Street

San Francisco CA 94110


The Mission Continues - Veterans group

St. Louis, MO 63104


More than Wheels

Boston, MA 02111


Rethink Prison

P.O. Box 926274

Houston TX 77292-6274 


Center for Neighborhood Enterprise: Urban Violence -Free Zone Program

1625 K Street NW, Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20006


Beacon Hill Village

74 Joy Street

Boston, MA


United Neighborhood Organization Path to American Citizenship and Assimilation

Juan Rangel, CEO

Chicago, IL 60607



2385 Bay Road

Redwood City, CA 94063

(650) 688-5840


KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program)

San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 399-1556


St. Bernard Project

8324 Parc Place

Chalmette, LA 70043


Community Renewal

P. O. Box 4678



Resources for Educational and Employment Opportunities (REEO)

1107 Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 194

South Pasadena, CA 91030



2601 Mission Street, Suite 902

San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 821-7473


Rocking the Boat

812 Edgewater Road

Bronx NY 10474

(718) 466-5799


Think Detroit

111 West Willis

Detroit, MI 48201

Cincinnati Works

Cincinnati, OH 45202


The Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship (CTE)

Milwaukee, WI 53212

Bridges to Life

P.O. Box 19039

Houston, TX 77224-9039

Philadelphia Future

230 S. Broad Street, 7th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Project Kid

P.O. Box 3218

Carmel, IN


Erie Benedictine Times

201 East 10th Street

Erie, PA 16503


Friendship Circle

6892 West Maple Road

West Bloomfield, MI


Volunteers in Medicine

162 Saint Paul Street

Burlington VT 05401

(802) 651-0112


First Place Fund

519 17th Street, Suite 600

Oakland, CA 94612


Shepherd’s Hope

4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road

Orlando, FL 32819


Read NYC

250 West 34th Street, Suite 3600

New York, NY 10119


Upwardly Global

582 Market Street, Suite 1207

San Francisco, CA 94104

Yearn UP

93 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02110


THE Steppingstone Foundation

155 Federal Street, Suite 800

Boston, MA 02110


College Summit

1763 Columbia Road NW, Second Floor

Washington, DC 20009

(202) 319-1763


Free Lance Union

45 Main Street, Suite 710

Brooklyn, NY 11201


New Jersey Orators

812 Hamilton Street

Somerset, NJ 08873


Seed Foundation

1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 600

Washington, DC 20036

Credit Where Credit is Due

4211 Broadway

New York, NY 10033

MedCareers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)

250 West 57th Street, Suite 2015

New York, NY 10107



Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)

298B West 149th Street

New York, NY 10039


Harlem Children Zones


Improved Solutions for Urban Systems (ISUS)

Improved Solutions for Urban Systems (ISUS) operates three state-chartered high schools for youth ages 16-22, many of whom are returning high school dropouts, over age for grade level and lack basic skills. The schools combine rigorous academics and occupational skills with youth development and community development. Students earn a high school diploma, college credits and nationally recognized skill certifications. ISUS offers students three career tracks: residential construction, advanced manufacturing/computer technology, and health care.


The Work Faith Connection

Work Faith Connection is a faith-based nonprofit organization helping clients maintain productive lives by working them towards long-term employment.


Colorado Uplift

Builds long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth in Denver, Colorado


All Hands Volunteer

US-based nonprofit providing assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world with maximum impact & minimum bureaucracy.


 GlamourGals Foundation, Inc.

501 c 3 not for profit whose vision is to foster a movement of compassionate teen leaders


Mamma Foundation

 MF’s ission is to present, preserve, and promote the history and fundamentals of gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues music for current and future generations. The Foundation has established a cultural space in Harlem where youth and adults have access to quality training and employment as performing artists.


Give an Hour Provides

Organization provides critical mental health services to U.S. troops and their family members.


HACER is a nonprofit organization devoted to promote the study of issues pertinent to the countries of Hispanic America as well as Hispanic Americans living in the United States, especially as they relate to the values of personal and economic liberty, limited government under the rule of law, and individual responsibility.

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