Charly and Lisa Kleissner, founders of the K L Felicitas Foundation, receive this year’s Grand Prix for their global work in impact investing. Through their co-creation of impact networks designed to serve both social entrepreneurs and impact investors, combined with advocating through transparency their commitment to align 100 per cent of their assets with their values, the Kleissners have demonstrated that impact investing can be a replicable investment strategy for philanthropists around the world. The Grand Prix honours an individual or family for their overall philanthropic activity, recognizing the exemplary nature of their actions, their financial engagement, their impact and their long-term commitment.
Tomasz and Barbara Sadowski receive the Jury’s Special Prize for their social integration work and promotion of their social franchise model in Poland and abroad. The Barka Foundation for Mutual Help empowers and reintegrates socially marginalized groups through education, training, entrepreneurship and housing programmes. The Jury’s Special Prize recognizes a committed philanthropist who has initiated an original project and has been working on the ground to implement it.
The winners were chosen by an independent jury chaired by Suzanne Berger, Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and including 2013 award winners Shiv Nadar, co-founder and president of HCL and founder of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in India, and Chuck Slaughter, founder of Living Goods.