Trevor Noah Awarded Elevate Prize Foundation’s Inaugural Catalyst Award

Foundation committed to making good famous honors the Trevor Noah Foundation with $250,000 in funding

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MIAMI, FL April 21, 2021 — The Elevate Prize Foundation is pleased to announce their recognition of comedian, host and humanitarian Trevor Noah as the inaugural winner of the Catalyst Award. The Foundation’s newly created Catalyst Award recognizes individuals who use their voice and influence to elevate social consciousness and inspire others to do good.

In its first award, the Foundation honors Noah for consistently leveraging his influential platform to spread awareness and mobilize masses around some of the most pressing issues of our time. The Elevate Prize Foundation will provide the Trevor Noah Foundation with $250,000 in funding to advance their work in education. The Trevor Noah Foundation seeks to foster enabled learning and teaching environments in South African schools while empowering teachers to be innovative leaders and problem solvers in their classrooms and communities.

“Today, Trevor Noah is an icon of social commentary in the U.S. and one of the most important voices in contemporary media. He shares a unique perspective and platform that highlights our shared humanity and brings greater awareness to the important issues of our time, inspiring social action,” said Carolina García Jayaram, executive director, Elevate Prize Foundation. “The challenges of the past few years have revealed the power of social and media platforms, and the importance of using fame for good. As we strive to ‘make good famous’ ourselves by supporting and amplifying the work of social entrepreneurs globally, we look to leaders like Trevor Noah, who are using their platform to do just that. We are honored and excited to have Trevor as the first recipient of the Catalyst Award, and look forward to partnering with the Trevor Noah Foundation to achieve greater impact in their work.”

“I am honoured to be receiving the inaugural Catalyst Award from the Elevate Prize Foundation. Their commitment to social good is something I admire and strive for every day, both in my personal life and for my Foundation,” said Trevor Noah. “I am excited for our partnership and hope we can continue their mission to ‘make good famous’ together.”

“Once again, we celebrate Trevor for inspiring youth around the world to ‘do good,’ blazing a trail wherever he goes,” said Shalane Yuen, executive director, the Trevor Noah Foundation. “The Trevor Noah Foundation, too, shares a passion for supporting and amplifying the next generation of changemakers. This shared value is why we’re so excited to partner with the Elevate Prize Foundation in achieving our goals of inclusive and equitable access to good education.”

About the Elevate Prize Foundation

The Elevate Prize Foundation was created in 2019 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Joseph Deitch, with the idea of making good famous. The Foundation aims to amplify the impact of innovators, activists, and problem solvers, drive change together, and awaken the hero in all of us. Its signature program, the Elevate Prize, commits $5 million in funding and services to 10 social entrepreneurs annually, where over the course of two years, the Foundation works with each winner to leverage their platforms to raise awareness, share their stories, and build fanbases to further drive their work forward. The Foundation awarded its inaugural class of 10 winners in October 2020. This year’s application is currently open until May 5, 2021. Founders, Executive Directors, and CEOs of nonprofits and public charities worldwide are welcome to apply to win one of ten annual Elevate Prizes. Winners will be announced in October 2021. For more information, visit and follow @ElevatePrize on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


About the Catalyst Award

First announced by the Elevate Prize Foundation in 2021, the Catalyst Award recognizes prominent individuals for their commitment to inspiring global social action and using their influence for the good of humanity. The Award comes with $250,000 in unrestricted funding to support the philanthropic work of the recipient.

About the Trevor Noah Foundation

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Trevor Noah Foundation is driven by its vision that youth be enabled to dream, see, and build the impossible through quality education. In 2018, the Trevor Noah Foundation began with one school. Its mission was to invest in infrastructure, computer labs, digital skills, and career guidance to ensure students have the opportunity and skills to succeed after graduating high school. Today, the Trevor Noah Foundation has broadened its mission to empower and train teachers through two core programs – Khulani Schools and Education Changemakers.