About the Lisa Shapiro Awards

The Lisa Shapiro Awards, named in memory of Lisa Shapiro, an Unsung Hero for animals who passed away in June 2015 at the age of 50, acknowledges the quiet superheroes of the Global Animal Advocacy Movement: people who work humbly behind the scenes, creating a world where animals do not have to suffer at the hands of humans. We believe that by acknowledging individual action, we will uplift the love, commitment, and hard work being done on behalf of animals every day, in every corner of the world.

Lisa’s legacy includes organizing hundreds of vegan events in her community and beyond, building and promoting vegan lifestyle brands, and inspiring and mentoring hundreds of new vegans over her decades of activism.

Program Objectives

Recognize Extraordinary Activists

Recognize extraordinary activists who work behind the scenes in animal rights by gifting no-strings-attached $2500 awards (in addition to a $250 donation made in honor to any animal charity of their choice) to help them uplift their voices and claim their power as activists

Acknowledge Selfless Actions

Demonstrate commitment to these “unsung heroes” in the animal rights movement by acknowledging their selfless actions on behalf of animals

Seth Tibbot, Founder of Tofurky

“Through her honesty, love and activism, Lisa has left a powerful legacy in her wake. Though it is unlikely that we will ever see another Vegan Saint like her, we have all been blessed to be alive at the same time as Lisa Shapiro. Thanks to Saint Lisa, the lives of all animals, human and non-human, have been made better. And there is no greater legacy than that.”

— Seth Tibbott, Founder of Tofurky

Grants Made Within the Lisa Shapiro Awards

How To Apply For A Grant In This Program

This program is seasonal and closed at this time. However, we still encourage you to apply for a grant as we often accept project applications relating to these objectives through our general seed grant program.

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