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Annual Contest Honors Videos That Drive Social Change

February 3, 2014
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Cisco is once again sponsoring the DoGooder Video Awards, which recognize the creative and effective use of video in promoting social good. New this year is a category for young do-gooders, aged 12 to 21, who best communicated their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspired others.

Video submissions will be accepted via the contest website until February 15, in the following categories:

  • The ImpactX Award: honoring those videos that have demonstrated impact for their causes.
  • The Best Nonprofit Video Award: honoring nonprofit organizations using video to make change.
  • The Funny for Good Award: Recognizing effective use of comedy to make people laugh and take action.
  • The Most Inspiring Youth Media Award: For youth who best communicated their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspired others.

Members of the public will be able to vote for the winners from February 28 through March 10.

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is contributing a cash prize to the winner of the Best Nonprofit Video category.  Through our CSR efforts we partner with nonprofits worldwide to use technology to increase access to education, healthcare, food, clean water, and economic opportunity. By sponsoring the DoGooder Awards, Cisco recognizes those who are using video and the Internet to multiply their impact on the world.

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture in partnership with the National Youth Media Network and with support from The National Association for Media Literacy Education and Nickelodeon, will provide additional prizes to the winner of the new Youth Media category. Filmmaking accessories manufacturer Zacuto will provide a $500 gift card to the winner of the Funny for Good category.

Contest winners will also receive free registration to the Nonprofit Technology Conference, the signature event hosted by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Finally, the winners will see their videos (and their message) featured on the hugely popular YouTube Spotlight Channel. The DoGooder Awards are organized by See3 Communications, the leader in online video for nonprofits, along with YouTube and the Nonprofit Technology Network.

“We are really excited to launch another year of the DoGooder Awards,” said Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3Communications. ”When we started the awards 8 years ago, no one knew why they needed to focus on video. Now, the majority of all bandwidth is video and video messaging has become more important than ever for nonprofit organizations around the world. This year, we are pleased to present the Most Inspiring Youth Media Award, where we can showcase the up-and-coming video makers dedicated to social change. Once again we have the investment of YouTube, NTEN and Cisco to make this all possible and we are grateful for their dedication to the nonprofit sector.”

In its 8 year history, the DoGooder Video Awards have awarded thousands of dollars in grants and prizes to support the work of organizations doing good. Last year, over 800 entries were submitted from more than 300 nonprofit organizations, with winning videos from Rainforest Alliance, Pathfinder International, and more.

Are you a DoGooder with a powerful video? Enter the DoGooder Video Awards by Going to www.youtube.com/dogooder.

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