Prison Fellowship President and CEO James Ackerman Congratulates Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee
LANDSDOWNE, VA—Today, Prison Fellowship President and CEO James Ackerman issued a statement after the Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee was named the single $100 million MacArthur Foundation's award winner through the 100&Change competition.
"I want to congratulate the Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee for the incredible honor of being selected as the winner of the 100&Change competition, made possible by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation," said James Ackerman, president and CEO of Prison Fellowship. "This $100 million grant will help educate children displaced by conflict and persecution."
"I am also honored that Prison Fellowship's Academy model was chosen as a 'Top 200' finalist in the 100&Change competition out of nearly 2,000 applicants and was selected by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for High Impact Philanthropy as a Best Bet to create meaningful social change." added Ackerman. "This selection was one of only 11 Best Bets from the nearly 2,000 proposals submitted in the competition. This is another validation that our solutions for helping incarcerated individuals get access to educational and behavioral programs work in reducing recidivism."
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