The deadline to nominate an organization for the 2020 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award was April 1.  Check back this fall to nominate organizations for the 2021 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award.  See below for information on award eligibility and a list of past winners.


Nominations are now closed for the 2020 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award. Check back this fall for information on how to submit nominations for the 2021 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award. 

The Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award, established in 1991, is awarded to a local grassroots social justice organization in the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Census) in which the annual meeting is held that year.  While the recipient can be an organization that engages in direct service work, preferred recipients for the Social Action Award will be organizations that also work at the level of systems change.  The organization may not be a local or regional chapter of a national or international organization, and must be one that will benefit significantly from the award.  The nomination of organizations that include directly impacted people and communities in leadership positions and decisions are also encouraged.  The award carries a stipend of $5,000.

The award is a fitting expression of the overall purpose of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, which is concerned with applying scientific methods and theories to the study of social problems. SSSP aims to bring together scholars, practitioners, and advocates to examine and understand social problems in order to further solutions and develop social policy based on knowledge.


Review the list of the past winners of the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award.

Please address all questions to:

Dr. Vince Montes, Chair
Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award Committee