Nominate someone today! The co-founders of the award, Geri Mannion & Taryn Higashi, discuss why they created it. The Freedom From Fear Award was founded by Geri Mannion and Taryn Higashi, co-recipients of the Council on Foundations 2009 Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. Mannion directs the U.S. Democracy Program and Special Opportunities Fund at Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Higashi is Executive Director of Unbound Philanthropy and formerly the Ford Foundation’s Deputy Director for Human Rights and Program Officer for Migrant and Refugee Rights. They were recognized by the Council on Foundations for their leadership of the Four Freedoms Fund, a national funding collaborative that has invested more than $35 million since 2003 in more than 85 grantees working in 33 states to protect immigrants against abuses, promote humane immigration policies, engage newcomers in civic life and build bridges between receiving communities and new residents. Mannion and Higashi decided to donate the $10,000 cash prize accompanying the Scrivner Award to establish the Freedom From Fear Award. Since then 40 other individuals and foundations have contributed to help launch the award.