The NESsT Board of Directors established the International Philanthropy Award in 2001*. Also known as the “NESsT Golden Egg Award,” the award recognizes an individual from the private equity industry who has applied venture philanthropy approaches in a particularly effective or unique way to address a pressing community need.
The recipient of the NESsT Golden Egg serves as an international role model to practitioners, investors, philanthropists and donors for applying venture philanthropy approaches. Prospective recipients of the NESsT Golden Egg Award are identified through an international search based on nominations from NESsT staff, Board members, advisors, colleagues and peers around the world.
Philanthropy Award Recipients
Recipients of the NESsT International Venture Philanthropy Award include:
(2016) Silke Horáková
Co-owner of Albatros Media | CEO of the Czech Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
*In its inaugural year (2001), the Award was presented at the International Venture Philanthropy Forum, hosted by NESsT in Budapest, Hungary, October 1-3, 2001. The 2001 Award was presented to George Roberts, co-founder of REDF, and founding partner of private investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & co. (KKR). REDF was established in 1997 by The Roberts Foundation, a philanthropic foundation founded by Mr. Roberts and his wife Leanne, and Jed Emerson (former Executive Director of REDF). REDF has a dual mission: to provide operational support to San Francisco-based social enterprises in which it has invested, and to engage the nonprofit and philanthropic community at large in dialogue by publishing research based on its innovative work in venture philanthropy.