Call for Nominations

SJA_Logo_Vertical_x2The McKinley Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual social justice awards, which will be presented at the awards gala on Saturday, March 30, with Dr. Rebecca L. Sandefur, who won a McArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2018 for her work in civil justice, serving as keynote speaker.

Nominations are due Friday, January 25.

Nominations are sought for four award categories of individuals and groups making a difference through justice work locally, nationally, or internationally — a high school or college student, a high school or college student group, a community individual, and a community organization.

Each of the four awards includes a $500 gift to benefit the winning organizations and two organizations chosen by the student and community individual award winners.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Social Justice Award Nomination Form
  2. Submit an essay describing how the person or organization you are nominating has met the criteria for the award. We encourage you to identify the nominee’s goals and activities and to explain how these activities have affected others. Self-nominations are welcome.
  3. Send the Social Justice Awards Nomination Form and your essay to the Social Justice Awards Committee at or mail the two documents to the following address by January 25:

Social Justice Awards Committee
McKinley Foundation
809 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820

A committee of evaluators will judge the nominations, and the recipients will be notified by February 1.

Please direct any questions or comments to or 217.417.8832.