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You can make a difference in your local community by nominating an individual who is making a difference in the lives of women and/or girls for this empowerment award and grant.


At Royal Neighbors, we strive to create a ripple effect of women’s empowerment. Through our signature women’s empowerment program, Nation of Neighbors℠, we empower women by recognizing and supporting their work to empower women and girls through a nonprofit, business, or program.

Nation of Neighbors recipients are influential leaders who exemplify our “neighbor-helping-neighbor” mission of community service. Members can submit nominations from March 1 – April 30, 2023.

Past recipients include:

  • Melissa Behrens, founder of the Blessings Box of Champlin, uses social media to rally her community members to help individuals or families in need by dropping off needed donations to her pantry in her front yard.
  • Sherry Stauffer, founder of DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation’s Pink for the Cure Committee, began a one-woman crusade to help the hospital and community understand the depth of impact breast cancer can have on families, how others can support them, and the importance of early detection.
  • Dr. Yoder Milton, founder of Girls with Class Mentoring, empowers young women to be the best they can be socially, academically, mentally, and physically through mentoring on subjects like financial literacy, etiquette, self-esteem, and goal-setting.

See past recipients from 2021 and 2020.


As a Membership, we wrap our arms around these women to support their leadership and passion for empowering others. You can help us spread women’s empowerment in your community by nominating a leader today!


Program Information:

  • Nominations are accepted from all active members
  • Qualified Members may submit one nomination per year during the announced nomination period
  • Each year, $100,000 in grant money is distributed through the Nation of Neighbors Program
  • Nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges that may include Members and non-members of Royal Neighbors
  • Royal Neighbors reserves the right to make final decisions or resolve any tie-breakers

Member Programs are provided at the discretion of Royal Neighbors of America and are not available in all states. They are not part of any insurance or annuity contract and are not guaranteed. Insurance or annuity products should not be purchased for eligibility or maintenance of nonguaranteed Membership Programs. These products should only be purchased if they meet the financial needs of the applicant. Member Programs are available at no extra cost.
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Form #: P00021; Rev. 1-2023