Ideas for Action Award

Making Prosperity Possible for All

The Ideas for Action Award is a competition to develop and promote new thinking and policies to reduce poverty long term. Sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation and co-administered by the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, this contest seeks to shine a light on practical and fundamental policy shifts to help low-income people build the futures they want for themselves and their families. The ideas generated through this competition aim to improve the practice of fighting poverty in America and in the Northwest by lifting up imaginative approaches, creative ideas for new directions, and a fresh look at existing initiatives that may not have been brought to scale.

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About the Sponsors

Northwest Area Foundation

The Northwest Area Foundation is committed to a thriving, robust Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest by supporting the work of proven and promising organizations that strive to reduce poverty and build sustainable prosperity. The Foundation’s service region includes the urban, rural and Native American reservation communities of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

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Nancy Bell Evans Center (NBEC)

The Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (NBEC) at the Evans School of Public Affairs provides an important bridge between the University of Washington and the nonprofit and philanthropic communities in Washington and the Northwest. David Harrison is NBEC's director and recently carried out a five-year project for the Northwest Area Foundation to award grants to battle poverty. Harrison also co-authored the Foundation’s special report, On Getting out and Staying out of Poverty.

Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

The CSPG at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs develops practical, independent, and non-partisan solutions to pressing political and policy challenges to foster effective and efficient governance, increase the transparency of government processes, and rebuild public trust. Lawrence Jacobs, the Center’s founder and current director, brings an extensive record of politics and policy research and collaborations with a number of foundations.

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