The New York Society For Ethical Culture presents several awards to outstanding citizens and institutions:
Ethical Humanist Award | Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Public Service Award | Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award
Ethical Humanist Award
The Ethical Humanist Award is the Society's highest honor. The Award was established in 1970 to honor an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage, without regard for the sanction or acclaim of his or her peers or of society, and whose actions have had broad humanizing implications. Since 1970, the award has been presented just 16 times. Recipients of the Ethical Humanist Award are:
2016 - Planned Parenthood for its tireless and passionate advocacy policies and services that enable Americans to access comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care, education, and information for the last one hundred years.
2012- Irshad Manji for her courageous and steadfast advocacy of progressive and humane reform within contemporary Islamic Culture.
Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Public Service Award
2016 - Honorable Eric Holder, 82nd US Attorney General, and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
2015 - Public Service Forum - Marc Morial (President National Urban League), Hon. Barney Frank ( former US Congressman), Sherry Glied (Dean of NY University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service), and Steven Cohen, Executive Director Columbia University Earth Institute and distinguished professor)
2014 - Honorable David Dinkins, 106th NY Mayor, and Mecca Santana, NY State Director of Diversity
Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award
In 2001, the Society began giving a second award, in addition to the Ethical Humanist Award. The award was created to honor those who perform good works away from the limelight. It is periodically given to individuals and institutions that have given special, but publicly unnoted service over the years to improving the lives and community of all New Yorkers. Past recipients of the Community Service Award are:
2014- The Fortune Society's mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
2010 - Abe Markman, Former Chair of the NYSEC Public Issues Committee, for devoting his life to serving the disadvantaged and advocating equality for all.
2002 - Michal A. Rebell, Director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and the law firm of Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett for seeking reform for New York State’s educational finance system their importantwork in seeking to reapportion New York State’s funding for schools, which shortchanges New York City’s schoolchildren. .
2001 - Burton Freeman, Founder of My Own Book Fund, for the creation, sponsorship, and implementation of this program that fosters child literacy and a love of reading. The Fund provides $50 book-buying allowances and sponsors trips to bookstores for underserved third graders in New York City schools.