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 are open to submissions starting Monday, January 12, 2015. The contest is presented by YouTubeSee3 Communications, and the Nonprofit Technology Network.

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 1000 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 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!

Start thinking about which creative, compelling video you want to submit, and begin rallying your supporters to vote soon.

Check back on Monday, January 12, 2015 when our contest website goes live to submit your video. Good luck!

Author: Bridgett Colling
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