California Prize for Service and the Common Good recognizes groundbreaking
achievement and significant service to the poor and marginalized. Each year,
the university presents the California Prize to an outstanding organization or
person who models selfless service in pursuit of the common good.
USF is honored to
recognize the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund as the 2015 recipient of the
California Prize. Since 1986, Season of Sharing has raised more than
$98 million to help thousands of Bay Area families so they can pay for housing
and emergency needs.
The president of USF will present the
California Prize medal to the honoree at a formal ceremony and gala dinner April 29, 2015, on campus.
The California Prize dinner benefits the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and their university-wide community engagement and public service programs.
Since 2008, the California Prize has been awarded to
recognize the tremendous impact that a single individual or group can have. Past honorees, who are selected by a jury and receive a $10,000
prize, include the San Francisco Free Clinic, the San Francisco
Giants, and Daniel Lurie, founder of the Tipping Point Community, an
organization that fights poverty. The California Prize was
created and endowed through the generosity of Susan and Philip Marineau to
shine a light on people and organizations that reflect the university’s values
and enrich the lives of others.