Winners of the 2016 DoGooder Awards

The votes are in and we’re excited to announce the winners of the 10th Annual DoGooder Awards! We had submissions from nonprofits all over the world about social causes ranging from women empowerment to fixing our food system. More than 13,000 votes were cast over the course of one month!

Our winners are testaments to the power of video to inspire social change. These awards reflect the passion of each individual and organization to do good for the world through humor, emotion, and visual storytelling. Meet the winners of the 2016 DoGooder Awards below!

Best Nonprofit Video

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation is a charity that funds education, facility enhancements, research, and new technologies at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Alberta, Canada. It also supports specialized health care centers like the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, the CK Hui Heart Center, and the Orthopedic Surgery Centre. “The Difference Between Care and Caring” tells a touching “Notebook” love story about two past patients and the compassion hospital staff showed them at the end of their lives. Runner-ups include entries from Union of Concerned Scientists, HIAS, and BUILD Africa.

Funny for Good

The winner of the Funny for Good Award is PETA’sTofuken: The Vegan Turducken!”  Through humor, viewers get a look into the advocacy work PETA does to protect the rights of animals worldwide–in particular, the comedy cooking video brings to light the plight of chickens, ducks and turkeys used for food. Runner-ups include Marillac St. Vincent, Zero Heroes and ACLU.  

YouTube Creator for Good

Kat Blaque is the winner of 2016 DoGooder YouTube Creator for Good!  Kat is an artist and vlogger who produces thoughtful, compelling videos that largely focus on the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. She gives voice to meaningful conversations about identity, and empowers her fans with smart and funny responses to their questions and weekly doses of “Truth Tea.” Runner-ups include fellow YouTube Creators – Marina Watanabe, Jay Smooth, Lizzie Velazquez, Craig Benzine, Sawyer Hartman, Zoe Sugg, and Jubilee Project.

Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s awards! Your votes created increased exposure to the causes, nonprofits, and individuals who submitted videos.

We’d like to also give a huge shout out to our partners at See3 and YouTube! Without them, these awards would not be possible.

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Bridgett Colling
Bridgett Colling, See3’s Director of Content Strategy, is a leader in using digital media strategies help nonprofits move their missions forward. As a digital consultant, she has worked with change-makers across the third coast, including Chicago Ideas Week, NPR Detroit and The New Economy Initiative. She uses her talents as a writer, editor and designer to bring powerful stories to life on the web.