Undreamed of Award

This fun award, which comes with a $5,000 prize, is the brainchild of the anonymous donors who fund it. Established in 2016, the award honors businesses that raise the bar in their field reflecting the Untours Foundation’s mission and values of creating dignified work and positive social, economic, and environmental change.

“Undreamed Of Award” recipients:

Kreyol Essence, a Haitian business producing lovely hair and skin care products, uses the oils of native castor trees and more. It’s growth and demand for natural oils is supporting reforestation, a critical ingredient for Haiti’s recovery from hurricanes and earthquakes. Focusing on women empowerment, Kreyol Essence offers valuable jobs, including to tree farmers.

tonlé, a negative-waste women’s clothing company in Cambodia, which is making all of its designs out of fabric remnants from other factories and sources. Even leftover fibers are gathered up and added to their paper making for tags and lovely notecards. Its devoted staff is paid fairly and provided full benefits, including unlimited sick days. Now solar powered, tonlé is a registered Benefit Corporation in California.

Hal Taussig's Awards

Achievers Hall of Fame (2012)

One of Hal’s former employers, Springfield High School, Springfield, PA, gave him this lifetime achievement award. Hal and a few colleagues, like Harry LeFever, were ahead of their times combining classes like history and English bringing both topics to life. Read more.

Community Service Award, Media, PA (2011)

Norma and Hal won this award from the Media Borough Council in honor of all they have done for their amazing home town.

Marie Whitaker Humanitarian Award (2011)

Hal’s local and international work addressing social justice issues won him this award from the Media Fellowship House. The award is  named for one of the founders of the Fellowship House, created in 1944 when incidents of racial prejudice in Media, PA, led two women, one black, one white, to realize the need for a place where an integrated community could be fostered.

Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)

At the 2008 Philadelphia Sustainability Awards, Hal was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his ongoing commitment to social justice. The awards are sponsored by seven entities including the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the City of Philadelphia.

Spirit of Philadelphia Award (2007)

Hal received the 14th annual Spirit of Philadelphia Award from Greater Philadelphia Cares, an organization that promotes volunteerism. The award celebrates the community service involvement of the local business community, and applauds their ongoing commitment to improving the region the Untours Foundation calls home.

Most Generous Company in America (1999)

The Newman’s Own/George Award, given by Paul Newman and John F. Kennedy, Jr., recognized Untours, our main funder, as the “Most Generous Company In America.” The award included $250,000, which Hal and Norma naturally donated to the Untours Foundation.

Untours Foundation Poet Laureate

The Untours Foundation will be appointing a Poet Laureate. Watch this space for details.