DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards

* storytelling
* media
* competition
* video
* awards

Deadline: March 19, 2010. Open to nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards are presented by See3 Communications and YouTube, with support from the Case Foundation, Flip Video, and the Nonprofit Technology Network.

MORE INFORMATION
Contest Rules: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/official-contest-rules
FAQs: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/frequently-asked-questions
Judges: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/expert-judges
Last Year’s Finalists: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/last-years-finalists
Press Release: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/press-release

See3 Communications, the leaders in online video for nonprofits, and YouTube, the world’s largest online video platform, announced today the launch of the 4th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. The contest will award a total of $10,000 in grants, funded by the Case Foundation, to the best videos of 2009 found in the YouTube Nonprofit Program—a special program that YouTube designed to help nonprofits achieve their missions. The winners will be featured on the YouTube homepage, and receive prizes from Flip Video and Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).

“We are thrilled to partner with YouTube for the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. With this contest, we get to highlight important nonprofit stories and help organizations engage with the YouTube audience,” said Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 Communications. “In addition, we are grateful to have such wonderful partners who have been trailblazing how nonprofits use technology, video, and social media.”

Now in its fourth year, the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards is looking for the best nonprofit videos of 2009. Last year, more than 400 entries were submitted from over 150 nonprofit organizations, with winning videos from the Children’s Defense Fund, Compassion Over Killing, Step Up Women’s Network, and Breakthrough.

Organizations can enter the contest at by going to http://www.youtube.com/nonprofitvideoawards. Organizations not currently taking part in the YouTube Nonprofit Program are encouraged to apply for free at http://www.youtube.com/nonprofits.

“In the past year, we’ve seen nonprofits use video to fundraise, form petitions that leverage citizen voices, and speak out about the issues that matter to them in creative ways, “ said Steve Grove, Head of YouTube News, Politics and Nonprofits. “The DoGooder Nonprofit Awards are a great way to recognize those organizations who are leading the movement to create meaningful cause-related video.”

Winning videos in each category will be announced and featured on the YouTube homepage and recognized at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Atlanta on Saturday, April 10, 2010. They will also receive a $2,500 donation from the Case Foundation, and have their video screened at a special event in Washington DC, hosted by Nomadsland.com, a video publishing platform for nonprofits. All finalists will receive a custom-designed Flip Video HD camera, and the winner in the Small Organization category will receive a free registration to the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington DC.

Beginning today, video submissions will be accepted until March 19, 2010 when a panel of expert judges will select four finalists in each category for Best Small Organization Video, Best Medium Organization Video, Best Large Organization Video, and Best Innovation in Video. Public voting will open on March 29 and end on April 7. Judges include Guy Kawasaki, Gary Vaynerchuk, Beth Kanter and other experts in nonprofit marketing, video, and social media.

To submit a video to the contest, visit http://www.youtube.com/nonprofitvideoawards.

To register for the Nonprofit Technology Conference, visit http://www.nten.org/ntc.

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Elephant Energy is looking for volunteers to work on our small-scale renewable energy projects in Namibia, Africa starting in May/June 2010 (see http://www.elephantenergy.org ). EE works to distribute and market small-scale renewable energy technologies in wildlife-rich conservancy areas in rural Namibia. We are looking for one or two volunteers that are able to start quickly, think independently, and run projects on the ground relating to small-scale renewable energy distribution with the support of the World Wildlife Fund in Namibia and associated NGOs. Elephant Energy is currently fundraising to provide support for volunteers, including funding for plane tickets, lodging and a small stipend, however, the ability to self-fund some or all these expenses or help raise funds is a plus. In addition, volunteers from Colorado are preferred, so future involvement with the Elephant Energy organization is possible.

In less than a year of operation, Elephant Energy has worked with numerous locally-run conservation organizations to distribute and market nearly 1000 BoGo solar-powered lights (see http://www.bogolight.com ) to community members through the use of revenue earned from community wildlife tourism efforts. EE plans to continue working with these local conservation organizations to establish energy shops throughout the rural Caprivi region that will provide cheap, durable, life-changing energy technologies to rural residents. We are currently experimenting with a variety of new technologies, including cookstoves, UV water purifiers, solar phone chargers, etc.

This project is run by creative, hard working volunteers that are given lodging and potentially a small stipend for their work. We want to work wth volunteers that are interested in starting something new and investing themselves in something that is sure to grow (See http://www.elephantenergy.org for more info). As our organization is growing, we are looking for volunteers that would be willing to spend an extended period working to help establish our program in Namibia (at least four months, but six months is preferred). A relevant degree (environmental studies, energy, law, business) and prior work with communities in developing countries is the most appropriate experience. Any relevant knowledge would be appreciated to help us innovate and expand our projects.

How to Apply:
Please let us know if you are Interested in working with Elephant Energy in Africa. Interested volunteers should read EE’s 2009 Field Report available at http://www.elephantenergy.org ) and submit a resume and short letter describing their interest and availability to elephantenergy@gmail.com.