January 12, 2015

Announcing the 2015 DoGooder Video Awards!

It’s that time of year again- the DoGooder Video Awards are back! If you made a video in 2014 that had an impact in your community or around the world, we want to see it.

Compelling video can advance social change and create real impact. If your organization produces creative, inspiring videos, we think you deserve recognition for the work you’re doing.

The DoGooder National Video Awards contest opens today! The contest is presented in partnership with YouTube and See3 Communications.

Enter the contesthttp://dogooder.tv/

Every year we are wowed by the change-makers using this powerful medium to tell stories, raise awareness about critical issues, and inspire action – and this year will be no exception. Organizations and activists are more video savvy than ever. Last year, the DoGooder National Awards had nearly 1,000 entries from hundreds of organizations. Viewers cast tens of thousands of votes, and the nonprofit organizations that submitted videos saw a surge in their video views. Now is the time to show off what you’ve done for your cause, and help other do-gooders see what they can do.

This year, we’re excited to include a new category: The DoGooder YouTube Creator for Good Award. This award celebrates YouTubers who use their storytelling skills and their loyal fans to change the world. Some of the biggest names on YouTube – including John and Hank GreenTyler OakleyHannah Hart – have been nominated for this year’s awards!

There are three categories that you can enter for this year’s awards:

  • Best Nonprofit Video: overall top video of the year from a qualifying nonprofit

  • Funny for Good: recognizing the effective use of comedy

  • ImpactX Award: honoring videos that have demonstrated impact for their causes

Entries must have been produced in 2014. Each entrant can submit as many videos as they would like, but are encouraged to submit only their best work.

Here are some quick things to know about entering the awards:

  • Entries cannot exceed 10 minutes in length and are limited to individuals and organizations from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. See contest rules here.

  • There are no specific types of issues, causes, or missions we are looking for – organizations working toward any cause are welcome to enter.

  • You can submit your videos between January 12 and February 8, 2015

  • Starting on February 17, 2015, voting is open to the public, so be sure to spread the word (by email, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, carrier pigeon, old-fashioned word of mouth) and tell your friends to vote.

  • Entrants in the category of Best Nonprofit Video must be members of the YouTube Nonprofit Program. If your organization is not already a member, just sign up before you enter the contest. It’s quick, easy, and free to eligible organizations. If you’re picked as a semifinalist in the contest, YouTube will make sure your organization’s application for membership is approved in time to be eligible for public voting. YouTube has built this program just for nonprofits to give extra leverage to online video and organization channels – it’s worth signing up!

  • Winners will be announced at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas on March 5 during the Day 2 Plenary Session.

Start thinking about which creative, compelling video you want to submit, and begin rallying your supporters to vote soon. Visit http://dogooder.tv to learn more about the contest, and to submit your video today!

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Joleen Ong
Joleen is a strong advocate of the nonprofit sector’s role in bringing about social change, and the power of technology to make this happen. At NTEN, Joleen is the editor of NTEN: Change, the quarterly journal for nonprofit leaders, and helps to support NTEN’s 50,000+ community members meet their mission through technology. Joleen is a published writer and researcher on the topic of nonprofit fundraising, communications, marketing, as well as international human rights and labor relations in Asia and Latin America. Prior to NTEN, she was the Communications Manager at Social Accountability International in New York for five years, where she focused on supporting programs to advance workers rights in factories around the world. Joleen earned her MS in Nonprofit Management from the New School, and BA in International Studies and Spanish/Anthropology at the College of New Jersey. She has led presentations on the topic of nonprofit marketing, communications, and sustainability worldwide. She is also a member/blogger of the Integrated Marketing Advisory Board (IMAB) and frequent webinar trainer for FundsForNGOs. Joleen is also the editor of two award-winning social justice documentaries that focus on responsible procurement with Fair Trade on college campuses, and military recruitment.