The WJZ Award recognizes Bay Area organizations that are developing visionary approaches to advance social justice and address the pressing needs faced by communities throughout the Bay Area. Whether a pilot project or a new organization, the award seeks to recognize innovative efforts that have the potential for sustainable and replicable systems change in our region and beyond. 

The process for nominations for the 2019 WJZ Award will be as follows: 

  • The nomination period opens on Tuesday, March 5th and closes at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30th.
  • The submitted nominations will be reviewed by a ZFF staff committee, who will advance 5-10 finalists to the selection committee, comprised of ZFF board members, community leaders, and subject matter experts from the field. 
  • Finalists will be notified by email by May 30, 2019 if their nomination is being advanced to the second round and may be asked for more information regarding the nominated program or organization. The award recipient will be announced in September 2019.

You may nominate your own organization or another organization that you are familiar with. Organizations should only submit one self-nomination. If you are nominating an organization that you do not work for, please be sure to coordinate with them to ensure that the questions are answered fully and accurately. Having multiple nominations will not increase an organization's likelihood of getting the award. To make a nomination, please complete all the fields below.

To be eligible, nominees must be 501c3 public charities and located in and serving San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Marin, Sonoma, and/or Napa county.  Organizations whose leadership or staff are affiliated with the Zellerbach Family Foundation are not eligible. 

For questions, please email

Zellerbach Family Foundation