Entries Invited for 2011 Nonprofit Collaboration Prize

The Collaboration Prize is a national award presented to nonprofit organizations that collaborate effectively to gain greater impact. The prize was created and is funded by the Lodestar Foundation in collaboration with the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan Alliance and leaders in the nonprofit sector.

The prize is designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. Recognizing the impact that can be achieved from working together, the prize identifies and showcases collaborations among two or more nonprofit organizations that cooperate to demonstrate innovative and effective responses to challenges or opportunities.

In 2011, the Collaboration Prize will award a total of $250,000 to the collaborations that best exemplify the impact that can result from working together. Each of the eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the winner will receive an additional $150,000.

Applications may be submitted by any individual familiar with the collaboration, including an employee of any entity involved in the collaboration.

Applications for the 2011 Collaboration Prize open June 1, 2010, and close on July 16, 2010.

Visit the Collaboration Prize Web site for compete program information.

In order to expand our professional portfolio and create more connections with peer nonprofit organizations, 501(c)ommunications is currently doing some pro bono, project-based communications and marketing work with selected candidates. For example, we are currently working with Answer, a program created by the Rutgers University Center of Applied Psychology, on a social media marketing campaign.

About 501(c)ommunications:

Basically, 501(c)ommunications is a small, intimate, shared, professional and affordable, and multi-skilled communications and marketing team solely for non-profits– created, produced and staffed by nonprofit professionals (meaning: we are experienced and sensitive to the needs and challenges of the nonprofit industry.)

Essentially, 501 (c)ommunications caters to new, small and/or under-sourced NGOs who need professional multi-media PR, marketing, communications, and IT work done in order to maintain and/or develop their services and products, but cannot afford to hire full-time staff, or a team. We do everything from branding to project management.

Therefore, if you have a specific communications or marketing project that needs to be done yesterday, I suggest you contact me to see if your organization and your project qualify as a pro bono candidate.

For more information, contact me at Kelly@501communications.org

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.

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.