William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship

The William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship was awarded to an outstanding founder-leader of a long-established organization that had a proven track record of effectiveness and influence. Particular attention was paid to those who promoted personal responsibility, religious faith, persistence, and the value of hard work. The Prize was administered by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and carried with it a $100,000 personal honorarium. The recipient was recognized and honored at a special event annually, until the Prize was retired in 2017.

Past winners include:
2017 the Late NYPD Detective Steven McDonald
2016 Chris Anderson
2015 Norman Atkins
2014 Sal Khan
2013 Fr. Tim Scully
2012 Brian Lamb
2011 Geoffrey Canada
2010 Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman
2009 Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin
2008 George T. McDonald
2007 Daniel A. Biederman
2006 Eunice Kennedy Shriver
2005 Wendy Kopp
2004 Elayne G. Bennett
2003 Charles W. Colson
2002 Rev. Eugene Rivers III
2001 Peter M. Flanigan