Client Spotlight: Sidney Hillman Foundation

CauseWired is honored to work with some truly remarkable clients – organizations who are changing our landscape on a daily basis, including the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

CauseWired works on development strategy, prospect research, case development, advises on social media, and serves as fundraising counsel to this historic Foundation whose mission is to support and honor journalism that illuminates the great issues of the day—from the search for a basis for lasting peace, to the need for better housing, medical care, and employment security for all people, the promotion of civil liberties and the battle against discrimination based on race, nationality, or religion.

Each year since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good. The Hillman Prizes – widely known as the “Progressive Pulitzers” – have honored some of the greatest work in American journalism, and bring attention to stories that serve the cause of social and economic justice for all people.

The Prizes honor the legacy of Sidney Hillman, the founding president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America, and an architect of the New Deal. Hillman fought tirelessly to build a vibrant union movement extending beyond the shop floor to all aspects of workers’ lives.

The Hillman Prizes are a direct connection to the principles of the American democratic tradition that are under attack from a renewed and angry conservative wing, and yet are vital to the cause of social and economic justice. They honor journalists who seek out stories that change lives, whose work identifies important social and economic issues and helps bring about change for the better, even as support for serious journalism declines. Throughout the years, the list of the journalists who have won the Hillman Prize reads like a tapestry of the important documents of recent American history: Seymour Hersh, Bill Moyers, I.F. Stone, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Fred Friendly, Walter Cronkite, Frances FitzGerald, Theodore White, Carl Rowan, Murray Kempton, Edward R. Murrow, Jane Mayer, Steven Greenhouse, Robert Kuttner and Spike Lee.

The Foundation also awards the Canadian Hillman Prize, the monthly Sidney Awards, and the Hillman Prize for Social Justice Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, supporting innovative new models of communications, and creating an important public dialogue about new movements for change.  Find out more about the Sidney Hillman Foundation on its Website.