Nominations Open For Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award

The 2018 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award
Deadline: February 16, 2018

Celebrate a local hero by nominating them for the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award by February 16th!

The Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award recognizes those who make New Jersey a better place. Every year the Russell Berrie Foundation honors "unsung" New Jersey heroes who have made an uncommon contribution to the common good.

Up to eleven extraordinary people can receive this award, with the top three awards at $50,000, $35,000 and $25,000 – and up to eight awards of $5,000 each.

Please nominate an "unsung" hero in your own community. You can nominate someone for a single act or for a lifetime of service. An Advisory Board of prominent New Jersey citizens will select the final honorees and they will be honored at a ceremony in May 2018.

Honor Your Hero Now!

Please feel free to pass along this information to others. You can find out more, read about past honorees and nominate a hero online here.

For more information, call 201-684-7458 or e-mail

If you prefer paper, print out the PDF form and fax to 201-684-7950 or mail to:

The Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award
c/o Dr. Peter Mercer, President
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430-1623
Thank you for your help.

For more information, please call 201-684-7458 or email

Nominations must be received by February 16, 2018.