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Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

May the nominator also serve as one of the references?

No, the letters of reference must be from two additional individuals.

 

May I serve as a nominator or reference for an organization nominee if I work for that same organization?

Not if you are a paid employee, consultant or officer of that organization. However, volunteer Board members may nominate or serve as a reference (see below).

 

May I serve as a nominator or reference for an individual nominee if I work for the same organization to which the individual would be donating half of the prize monies?

Not if you are a paid employee, consultant or officer of that organization.   However, volunteer Board members may nominate or serve as a reference (see below).

 

May Board members serve as a nominator or reference?

Yes, as long as they are volunteer, unpaid Board members. However, only one Board member may serve as either the nominator or as one of the references.  As specified in the 2015 Nomination Guidelines, of the three required letters that are part of a nomination packet—the nominator’s narrative, reference letter 1 and reference letter 2—only one may be from a volunteer Board member.

 

If I nominated an individual or organization in the past, what is the process for renomination?

If you nominated an organization in 2012, 2013 or 2014, there is an expedited renomination process.  You (the nominator) may simply send an email indicating that you would like the nominee to be considered again this year.  However, that being said, we would invite (but not require) nominators to provide a 1-2 page update to the previous submission informing the Selection Committee of additional noteworthy achievements since the person or organization was last nominated. Also, if necessary, please make any changes to the contact and other information from the original nomination form.  Then, later in the process, if the nominee should advance to the semifinalist or finalist stage, we may ask for a new letter of reference or other documentation which the Selection Committee deems necessary to update the application.

You may also elect to prepare a completely new application using the 2015 Nomination Guidelines and Form, including new letters of reference, but this is not mandatory. However, if you first submitted your nominee more than three years ago (during the 2011 prize cycle), you are required to prepare a new application using the 2015 Nomination Guidelines and Form, including new letters of reference.

(Note: some of the nominator/reference eligibility and other requirements may have changed since you first nominated, so all current specifications in the 2015 Nomination Guidelines should be followed if you choose or are required to use this option.)

 

Other tips when preparing a nomination:

Make sure that the nominator and both references are not paid employees of an organization nominee or of an individual nominee’s affiliated organization (which would receive half of the prize monies).

It is best to provide a range of input about a nominee. The nominator’s narrative and two letters of reference might come from a mixture of volunteer board member, partner, funder, client, etc.

 

Where can I get additional information about the nomination process?

Email your questions to tischprize@hunter.cuny.edu, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.