2023 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award

Call for Nominations

It’s time to nominate community changemakers for the 2023 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award.

Who do you know who deserves recognition for creating impact and making a positive change in their community? Nominate your friends or neighbors, community leaders and advocates . . . people who are making New Jersey a better place to live.

Deadline for entry: February 10, 2023
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Established in
1997by Russell Berrie
A total of
408 NJ Honorees
Awarded over
$3.9M in cash awards since 1997
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Established in
1997
by Russell Berrie
A total of
408
NJ Honorees
Awarded over
$3.9M
in cash awards since 1997
About the

Making a Difference

Award
Established in 1997 by the late Russell Berrie, and managed and hosted by Ramapo College of New Jersey, the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award honors Garden State residents whose outstanding community service and heroic acts have made a substantial impact on the lives of others.

Nominate someone today for a Making a Difference Award

Deadline for entry: February 10, 2023
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Generous Recognition for Honorees

Along with public recognition, Honorees will receive cash awards. There will be one top award of $50,000; two $25,000 awards; and up to seven $7,500 awards.

It only takes a few minutes to nominate someone you work with, volunteer with, or know about through their efforts and commitment to doing good for others.

26th Anniversary Russ Berrie Making a Difference Honoree Presentation

Winners of the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award come from all over New Jersey and from all walks of life.

Meet the 2022 Honorees who were recognized at the 26th Anniversary Award Ceremony and hear their inspiring stories.

There’s no greater importance in life than knowing you’ve helped a fellow human being.”
Russ Berrie, 1933-2002
Russell Berrie

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The 2023 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award

Ready To Nominate a NJ Changemaker?

Nominate your friends or neighbors, community leaders and advocates . . . people who are making New Jersey a better place to live. Start an application or read more about the nomination process.
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