public interest award

Every year Outten & Golden recognizes and supports the work of one of our non-profit partners with the O&G Public Interest Award. The Award comes with a $25,000 grant, which we present to the honoree at a ceremony for up to 200 attendees.


New York Communities for Change (“NYCC”) Worker’s Rights program was honored in the Spring of 2016 for its grassroots advocacy for workers in New York and beyond. Founded in 2010, NYCC has campaigned for supermarket workers, carwasheros, bank workers, and day care providers. In 2012, NYCC helped launch the Fight for $15 movement, which spawned minimum wage increases across the country, including an historic wage increase for fast food workers in New York. NYCC is committed to continue fighting for the rights of all workers to earn living wages.

Adhikaar for Human Rights & Social Justice was honored in May 2015 for its work with South Asian immigrants (one of New York City’s fastest-growing communities).  Adhikaar has the distinction of being a women-led workers’ center, which has assisted thousands of individuals and families from Nepal, India, Tibet, and Bhutan, and which has worked in coalitions that have successfully created new laws at local, state, national, and international levels, including the successful passage of the New York State Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and the International Domestic Workers’ Convention.  Outten & Golden looks forward to partnering with Adhikaar throughout 2015, and beyond!

Brandworkers was honored in the Spring of 2014 for its commitment to organizing New York City retail and food industry workers to challenge unlawful and abusive employment practices.  In the less than six-years since its founding, Brandworkers has achieved many notable victories.  For example, in 2012 Brandworkers settled with a maker of hummus and other kosher products for $500,000 and the employer’s commitment to a code of conduct that will dramatically improve working conditions.  Brandworkers also has engaged in a campaign against a large industrial bakery, seeking a living wage, affordable health care, and health and safety improvements for its workers.

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), founded in 1999, was honored in 2013. NICE is a community-based, non-profit organization that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power in their communities and beyond. (Online magazine Queens Latino published this article. You can read a partial English translation here.)

Make the Road New York, founded in 2007 through the merger of Make the Road by Walking and the Latin American Integration Center, two of New York City’s most innovative and effective grassroots organizations, was honored in 2012.

Domestic Workers United (DWU), honored in 2011, was founded in 2000, by Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York.  DWU is the organization responsible for lobbying and advocating for the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

A Better Balance (ABB), honored in 2010, is an organization founded in 2005 and dedicated to promoting the employment rights of working parents and care givers.  A Better Balance is dedicated to promoting equality in the workplace and expanding choices for men and women, regardless of income level, so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.