2018 Farash Prize for Social Entrepreneurship

First awarded in 2012, the Farash Prize honors the legacy of Max Farash—a business entrepreneur of the highest order who, along with his wife, Marian, recognized the importance of supporting social causes in their community.

Grassroots social entrepreneurs too often go unrecognized by their own communities. The goal of the Farash Prize is, first, to honor what has been accomplished. Second, by giving visibility and credibility to individual entrepreneurs and their organizations, the Prize encourages the creation of innovative approaches to not only meet, but reduce, community needs. The winner’s affiliated organization receives $100,000.

The 2018 Prize will be awarded November 7, 2018 at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum. The winner is required to attend in person to receive his or her award.

Nominations and Eligibility:

Nominations can be made by visiting the Foundation’s grants portal between February 20 and April 17, 2018.

Note: This award is not given to executive directors or others who support the work of our community's amazing social organizations, but rather to the founders of those organizations.
Individuals cannot nominate themselves. Nominations should fulfill at least two of the following criteria: 1) the individual(s) should be residents of Monroe or Ontario Counties in New York, 2) their affiliated organizations must be based in either of those two counties, and 3) the project for which the nomination is being made should have taken place in Monroe and/or Ontario Counties.

Individuals may work as employees or volunteers for their organizations. Only those organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and are not classified as private foundations or Type III supporting organizations under Section 509 of the code, are eligible to receive funds through this award program.

The prize is not awarded posthumously.


Nominations Accepted:
February 20, 2018

Nominations Due:
April 17, 2018

Award Ceremony:
November 7, 2018

2016 Winner
Phyllis Korn
Past Executive Director,
Alternatives for Battered Women and Founder of ABW’s first shelter
News release

2016 Finalists Video

2014 Winner
Sr. Christine Wagner , SSJ
Co-founder and Executive Director,
St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center
News release

2014 Finalists Video

2012 Winner
Thomas C. Ferraro

News release

2012 Finalists Video


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