What is the Opus Prize
The Opus Prize is an annual faith-based humanitarian award, recognizing leaders and organizations that develop creative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. The Prize is awarded in partnership with Catholic universities, providing new opportunities to inspire the next generation of servant leaders. Opus Prize laureates are motivated by remarkable faith to create new opportunities for transformation. The Opus Prize is given not only to expand the humanitarian efforts of the recipient, but to inspire others to pursue lives of service.
Opus Prize laureates combine the spirit of innovation with amazing faith to inspire long-term, local solutions to address poverty and injustice. Opus Prize laureates prove change is possible, empowering and inspiring us all. The $1 million award and two $100,000 prizes make up one of the world's largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship. While the Opus Prize Foundation partners with Catholic universities to award the Prize, the individual or organization receiving it may have roots in any faith. To learn more about the Opus Prize, visit opusprize.org.
As the 2017 partner, Regis has completed a worldwide search for the individuals who be honored as the 2017 Opus Prize recipients, with thanks to our compassionate and involved alumni, faculty, staff, friends and community members who submitted nominations. The 2017 Opus Prize Jury, consisting of greater Denver business and faith leaders, then carefully selected three finalists whose work is currently being evaluated in the field by the Opus Prize Foundation along with a delegation of Regis faculty and students. The finalists were announced on July 14, 2017. During the week of October 8-11, 2017, our finalists will be on the Regis campus where they will be engaged with our faculty, students and greater Denver community.
The announcement of the $1 million and two $100,000 prizes will take place at the Opus Prize Ceremony on October 11, 2017.
Opus Prize Values
The values of the Opus Prize Foundation are apparent in the recipients of the Prize, and are embedded in the following selection criteria:
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP These innovators have the clear vision and ethical commitment necessary to drive change. The Opus Prize seeks to recognize faith-based social entrepreneurs who go beyond the immediate problem to fundamentally change individuals, families and communities.
TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP Opus Prize laureates are agents of change who motivate others to do more than what initially seems possible. She or he leads in a way resulting in the transformation of their community as a whole.
SUSTAINABLE CHANGE The Opus Prize Foundation recognizes the impact of organizations that provide direct services to those in need. The Prize focuses on honoring individuals who are successfully addressing the root of social problems in ways that drive locally owned, short- and long-term change.
FAITH Faith is not restricted to a church, synagogue, temple or mosque— it is revealed in prayer, thought, commitment to justice and service of those in need. Prize recipients demonstrate faith through their principles, actions and belief that human life at every stage is sacred.
UNSUNG HEROES Often, those impacting their communities are not widely known. They work quietly and humbly, focused on bringing change. The Prize identifies “unsung heroes,” without broad recognition and financial support, acting as a catalyst to bring support to the individual’s organization, inviting attention and investment.
LIFE OF SERVICE Opus Prize recipients demonstrate through actions their belief in the value of each person, and that a person’s faith is evidenced by their commitment to justice and compassion for others.
Opus Prize recipients are expected to operate out of certain business principles essential to the accomplishment of the Opus Prize aspirations:
An entrepreneurial approach that transforms personal vision into a life-long commitment fueled by innovation and a willingness to take calculated risks in the service of achieving humanitarian goals.
A commitment to integrity that emboldens and attracts supporters through open and honest communication, shared responsibility, the meticulous honoring of commitments, and the modeling of one's values and faith.
A focus on excellence and results, accomplished with little fanfare, which transforms the lives of people who are served, by efficiently stewarding the earth's resources to achieve the best possible outcome.
Administrative capacity that warrants the organization’s ability to manage a substantial grant.