media partners

The Jefferson Awards Foundation’s unique and vast network of media partners inspires and celebrates local “Unsung Heroes” doing outstanding work in communities across the country. Collectively reaching over 78 million Americans, our media partners generously donate their print and air space and have honored over 60,000 Unsung Heroes over 43 years. Each media partner nominates their most outstanding recipient to represent their community at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, DC, where 5 will will be awarded the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award Benefitting Local Communities.

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Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies are the country’s longest standing and most prestigious celebration of public service. Over the past 43 years we have identified and honored over 60,000 local “Unsung Heroes” alongside hundreds of prominent national figures including Michael Bloomberg, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, Steve Jobs, Paul Newman, Peyton Manning, Mariano Rivera, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elie Wiesel. By celebrating their outstanding service, we are amplifying their solutions for others to apply in their own communities.


Champions are organizations who, in partnership with the Jefferson Awards Foundation, are dedicated to building a culture of service in their communities.

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