The Dallas Foundation's Pegasus Prize supports a nonprofit working to address a pressing community need in an innovative way. 

The Pegasus Prize Committee selects the recipient of the $50,000 Prize. The Committee was originally formed in 2009 to award grants to nonprofits working to address pressing community needs in innovative ways. In 2015, the award was renamed the Pegasus Prize and will be given to only one organization annually. 

Last year, the committee presented the $50,000 award to 2ndSaturday for its 2S Industries program, dedicated to decreasing the unemployment rate among formerly incarcerated criminals and engaging them in the redevelopment of Dallas' lowest-income neighborhoods. The $50,000 award will be directed to  the purchase of tools and a vehicle for transportation to job sites, as well as expansion of the program. (Learn more here.)

Individuals wishing to support the Pegasus Prize may contribute to the fund by clicking here.

After careful consideration, the 2018 Pegasus Prize Committee identified three nonprofit organizations which were given an opportunity to present before the committee. This year's awardee will be announced at The Dallas Foundation's spring Grantee Recognition event on March 14, 2018. 

The finalists include:



After8toEducate is the first of its kind public-private collaboration seeking to address, in a comprehensive way, the needs of homeless high school youth. The four partners, Dallas ISD, Promise House, CitySquare and Social Venture Partners Dallas, will provide shelter and social services for Dallas ISD unsheltered high school youth and 24/7 immediate support services for homeless young adults ages 14-21. In short, After8 will give these students a place to call home. Learn more at after8toeducate.com
   In Texas, 9 out of 10 at-risk students who get into college drop out, most with debt in excess of $25,000. ScholarShot was founded in 2009 by concerned business persons, educators and community volunteers who saw that, although admitted to college and eligible to receive state and federal grants and loans, these students prove to be unprepared and underfunded and, by no fault of their own, are set up to fail.  Through ScholarShot's SuccessMap Model of hands-on academic navigation, personal guidance and financial support, 9 out of 10 of Scholars earn their degrees within 1, 3 or 5 years respectively for vocational, associate or undergraduate programs and, with less than one-fifth of the state's average in debt. Learn more at scholarshot.org.
   Trinity Environmental Academy is an environmentally focused charter school in southern Dallas. In addition to the academic and societal benefits, research has demonstrated that an environmentally focused approach leads to the development of positive, caring relationships and helps support the social and emotional needs of learners. TriEA takes advantage of one of Dallas's underutilized resources: the Great Trinity Forest. It opened in August 2015 in the heart of the highest need neighborhood in Dallas, Highland Hills, and currently serves PreK -3rd, and 6th-8th grades. TriEA will grow by two grade levels each year until it is a PreK-12 school. It is located on the historic Paul Quinn College campus. Learn more at triea.org.