Sasha Chanoff, 2011 Course in Exponential Fundraising Participant, Wins 2013 Gleitsman International Activist Award

October 28, 2013

The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has named social entrepreneur Sasha Chanoff this year’s recipient of the Gleitsman International Activist Award for his tireless work as Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint, a nonprofit organization that protects and finds lasting solutions for refugees in extreme danger. The award and $125,000 prize, given biennially to a leader who has “improved the quality of life abroad and inspired others to do the same,” will be presented to Chanoff at a ceremony in Cambridge on November 5th.

Sasha was a participant in the Hauser Institute’s inaugural Course in Exponential Fundraising (CEF) cohort. Last October, Sasha talked about his work as part of a Hauser Frontline with Faculty Series event “Breaking Down Barriers: Using Brand and Fundraising to Build Collaboration and Partnerships” alongside CEF Course Director Jennifer McCrea and Hauser Senior Research Fellow Nathalie Laidler-Kylander.

The Gleitsman Award ceremony is open to the public. Details appear below. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 5
4:30 p.m. cocktail reception
5:30 p.m. award presentation

WHERE: Nye ABC, Taubman Building
15 Eliot Street, 5th floor
Harvard Kennedy School

About the Gleitsman International Activist Award: The Gleitsman International Activist Award was first awarded in 1993 by the late Alan Gleitsman to honor leadership in social activism that has improved the quality of life in countries and inspired others to do the same. It is given biennially, in alternating years with the Gleitsman Domestic Activist Award, and includes a $125,000 prize. Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, Muhammed Yunus, and, most recently, women’s rights advocate Teresa Ulloa Ziáurriz.

About the Center for Public Leadership: Established through a generous gift from the Wexner Foundation, the Center for Public Leadership, under the leadership of co-directors, Max Bazerman and David Gergen, and executive director, Patti Bellinger, advances the frontiers of knowledge about leadership through research and teaching, and deepens the pool of leaders for the common good through cocurricular activities that include skill-building workshops, fellowships, and programming in leadership for social change. More information is available at:

Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint and 2013 Gleitsman International Activist Award winner.

Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint and 2013 Gleitsman International Activist Award winner.