Congrats to the recipients of the Eighth Annual DoGooder Video Awards! Last week the winners of the 2014 DoGooder Video Awards were officially announced by the world’s largest online video community, YouTube. The award recognized the most original and exciting use of videos to promote social causes from non-profits and individuals over the past year.
Cause video plays a significant role in advancing social change and creating real impact, as through the video clips organizations can tell stories to empower people and motivated them to transform lives. The year of 2014 is a special one for the program, as it opened up participation to include younger do-gooders ages 12 to 21 who best communicated their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspired others.
This year, the winning video were dedicated to such important issues as the fight against cancer, support of mental health and the stories of refugees in the United States.
The awards, which goes on for eight years in a row and open to nonprofits and individuals in the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK, are presented by See3 Communications, YouTube and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) with sponsorship from NTEN and Cisco.
Interested parties could submit entries before February 15 in the four different categories: ImpactX Award, which honors videos that have demonstrated an impact for their causes; Most Inspiring Youth Media Award; Funny For Good Award, and Best Nonprofit Video Award.
Then judges and partners worked together to choose the finalists based on a number of criteria, however it was the public that made the final dicision, as YouTube users 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.
In its eight-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.
“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.”