Happier and More Connected Employees

As the country’s most prestigious awards platform for public service, we take your employee recognition to the next level. When you give a Jefferson Award, you connect your brand and employees to a fabric of good nationwide.


Of companies credit employee recognition as a primary driver of engagement


Of companies believe employee recognition drives productivity


Employees work for our Champion partners


  • How do I sign my company up?

    Contact us to get started and find out the different levels of getting involved. The level you choose will determine the number of Jefferson Awards you give.

  • What does your onboarding process look like?

    We make it easy, working with all of our partners to set up the internal structures you need to make employee recognition easy.

  • How do nominations work?

    Grounded in extensive field experience, our recognition platform motivates, rewards and inspires outstanding employee performance. Selection of employee winners includes building a Selection Committee, using your communications channels to build excitement and driving employees to our easy-to-use nominations platform. Don't worry. We work hand-in-glove with our Champion partners to design a nominations process that makes the most sense with who you are and how you communicate with your employees.

  • How are winners selected?

    Once you have determined a panel of judges, we help you establish a meeting cadence and help you build your judging rubric. We recommend two core criteria for identifying Jefferson Award winners:

    • Outstanding Personal Acts: Selectors review outstanding personal acts of courage, vision, dedication, and tenacity. They look for what is moving, unique, and heroic about the nominee and his or her character. 


    • Community Impact. Then they review the measurable impact on the community. Public service is about serving people and communities - and its impact is tangible.
  • How are winners announced?

    We will work with you to determine the best communications channels and cadence by which to announce your Jefferson Awards winners and share their stories - with employees, customers and community. Using images, video and print, we analyze your communications infrastructure, including standard publications like newsletters and paycheck stuffers to your website, intranet, plaques and social media. We will also explore opportunities to share these stories externally, through press releases, annual reports, your website and social media. Many Champions host a Salute to Service luncheon or gala that deeply embeds employee recognition as core to your organization. Finally, you choose one outstanding employee to attend our Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. each June. 

  • Can I nominate an employee for a national Jefferson Award?

    Yes! That is a core benefit of becoming a Champion Partner. Each year, you choose one employee to attend our Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. where your employee joins hundreds of other amazing individuals from around the country. Your chosen employee competes to receive a national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service by an Employee.

Become a Corporate Partner

Our diverse group of Champion partners are united by a shared belief in the value of public service and understand that by investing in and celebrating the individual, you invest in culture and productivity. Partner with us to maximize your commitment to your employees and communities.