Richard E. Herman Leadership Award

We Raise Foundation is searching for an inspired, young leader to be honored with The Richard E. Herman Leadership Award.

The Leadership Award is an opportunity to lift up the innovative, creative, and committed work of emerging leaders, encouraging and honoring them through a monetary award and support resources.

This year, we want to recognize the commitment and service of one Christian leader interrupting the cycles of poverty, violence, and inequality in the United States, whether through their professional work or as a volunteer. This focus is driven by an understanding that Jesus’ life, ministry, and teachings involved deep engagement with and love for those on the margins of society, particularly those in poverty.

About The Award

In recognition of their leadership to interrupt cycles of poverty, violence, and inequality, the honoree will receive the following from We Raise Foundation:
• A cash award of $4,000
• Invitation to The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Conference –Registration, travel, and lodging is sponsored by We Raise Foundation
• Invitation to We Raise Foundation’s Annual Leadership Convening, a professional development gathering of inspired emerging leaders ready to network, learn, and reflect –Hosted and sponsored by We Raise Foundation

Who We Are Looking For

The honoree will be an emerging Christian leader between 20 and 35 years of age whose professional or volunteer efforts are interrupting the cycles that perpetuate poverty, violence, and inequality in the United States. The honoree will be chosen by a panel of practitioners who have professional experience recognizing effective leadership as well as an understanding of the challenges of systemic poverty. Collectively, the panel will value realistic and authentic approaches to solutions that incorporate the wisdom and experience of those who live with this reality daily.

More Information

Who is We Raise Foundation? We Raise Foundation, formerly Wheat Ridge Ministries, has a long history of equipping bold Christian leaders as they serve the needs of their community. The primary way we do this is through our two grant programs. Our Emerging Leader Grant program, which is specifically focused on ministries led by young adults, has awarded 74 grants in excess of $450,000 in the past six years.

Who is Richard E. Herman? Richard E. Herman served as the fourth president of We Raise Foundation, formerly Wheat Ridge Ministries, from 2006-2015. He joined Wheat Ridge in 1992 as vice president and was appointed vice president/chief operating officer in 2002. Rick’s enthusiasm for and commitment to emerging leaders in his work continues on through this award.

What is The Christian Community Development Association? The Christian Community Development Association’s mission is to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. Learn more about CCDA at Learn about the CCDA Conference here.

How To Apply

The nomination and application process is now open! An honoree will be chosen by the end of September. Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2018.

If you know someone who would make an excellent candidate for this award, please nominate them!

Questions? Please contact our Program Department via email at or call 800.762.6748.

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