The Rockefeller Foundation today announced that Elton will be the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be conferred during the organisation's Centennial year at its upcoming event – A Celebration of American Philanthropy.
This is to be held on October 30 in Washington, D.C. The Rockefeller Foundation will also make a grant to the Elton John AIDS Foundation to further its good work.
In addition to being one of the world's most successful and dynamic musicians, Elton is well known globally as a leading advocate and philanthropist on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS. His personal leadership and philanthropy over many years has led to progress in addressing discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and provided major resources to treatment and a cure.
"At the Rockefeller Foundation, we are constantly searching for innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges," said Dr. Judith Rodin, president of the foundation. "As such, we are honoured to recognise Sir Elton John for his unwavering commitment and contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and for the innovative work he has done not just targeting the disease, but also the stigma, discrimination, politics, and community-related concerns associated with it."
"From the beginning, it has been my steadfast belief that we would not be able to treat or cure HIV/AIDS when people living with the disease or very vulnerable to it are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights," said Elton . "It is an honour to receive this award from the Rockefeller Foundation, an organisation that has been at the forefront of leveraging innovation, in all its forms, to promote the well-being of humanity around the world."
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to an outstanding individual who has implemented major innovative approaches to social or environmental problems.