YouTube officially announced the winners of the 2014 DoGooder Video Awards last week, recognizing the most creative and inspiring videos from non-profits and individuals over the past year. This year’s winners, specifically, showcase the fight against cancer, support of mental health and the stories of refugees in the United States.
The awards program, now in its eighth year, is presented in conjunction with See3 Communications, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the National Youth Media Network and the National Alliance for Media and Culture. Cisco sponsors the awards.
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Participants entered video submissions between Feb. 1 and Feb. 15, after which judges and partners worked together to choose the finalists based on a number of criteria. The public made the ultimate decisions, however — members of the YouTube community were able to vote for their favorites until March 10.
The winners — Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Partners for Mental Health, the Canadian Cancer Society and Wide Angle Youth Media (with youth filmmaker Evodie Ngoy) — beat out 353 entries from hundreds of organizations in this year’s competition. YouTubers cast nearly 4,500 votes.
“We received hundreds of entries this year and were impressed with how the quality has improved exponentially since we started eight years ago,” Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3, told Mashable. “It’s been incredible to see how non-profit organizations are making better and better content on their limited budgets.”
The categories were:
- The ImpactX Award: A video and short essay category for creators who demonstrate the impact their video had on their cause.
- The Best Non-Profit Video Award: Awarded to the best overall video created by a non-profit organization.
- 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
Each cause will receive $3,000 from Nickelodeon and a screening at the 2014 Lights. Camera. Help Festival, among other prizes.