Celebrating a Year of Cause Video with the DoGooder Awards
Video has the power to educate, inspire, and move people to action. If you or your organization produces creative, impactful videos, we think you deserve some recognition for the work you’re doing – and maybe even some incredible prizes.
The DoGooder Video Awards are taking submissions starting March 4, 2013. The contest is presented by YouTube, See3 Communications, and the Nonprofit Technology Network with generous sponsorship by Cisco.
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 Awards had 1,200 entries from over 600 participants. Viewers cast over 12,000 votes, and nonprofit participants saw a surge of views on YouTube. Innovations in web video are rapidly moving forward – so show off what you’ve done for your cause, and help other do-gooders see what they can do.
These awards aren’t just about judging your work – we’re aiming to have an impact in communities at home, and around the world, too. Cisco will contribute $3,500 to each of the four winners to help them keep multiplying their impact through video. Winners will also receive free registration for next year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, hosted by NTEN. Finally, the winning videos will be featured on YouTube’s popular Spotlight channel on April 12, 2013.
There are four separate categories in this year’s DoGooder Awards: the ImpactX Award for videos that drove clear real-world impact; Best Nonprofit Video; Funny for Good, recognizing effective use of comedy; and the Change Agent Award, for individuals who’ve gotten involved and produced their own cause-focused video. Entries must have been produced between January 1, 2012, and March 22 2013. 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 – individuals and organizations working toward any cause are welcome to enter. Significantly, 2013 is the first time this contest has been open to individual video creators. That means passionate people who have created cause video on their own are welcome to enter 3 of the 4 contest categories.
• You can submit your videos from March 4 until March 22.
• Starting March 25, 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
(youtube.com/nonprofits). 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!
So start thinking about which creative, compelling and interesting video you want to submit, and begin rallying your supporters to vote in March. Good luck!
Visit the contest website and submit your videos today.