Oscars are over, but you can nominate a star in your life

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The awards below might not be handed out at this venue, but they're still pretty special. (Photo: Flickr user p-a-t-r-i-c-k, via Creative Commons)

The Academy may be out of golden trophies for the year, but it’s not too late to recognize the Artists, Iron Ladies, and Beginners making a difference at your organization or in your community. Here are three contests open now; click a title to get all the details.

CTK Foundation’s “Heroes with a Heart”

Nomination deadline: February 29, 2012

We heard about this one via NTEN’s Facebook page. From the awards site:

The CTK Foundation presents the Heroes with a Heart (HWH) grant award in celebration of the unsung heroes of the non-profit world. Five “heroes” who have exceeded all expectations in giving of heart, mind and hands to their non-profit will be awarded personal cash prizes to spend any way they wish.

Nominations from any country are welcomed. Learn more and hurry – the nomination deadline is this week!

Do Something Awards

From the site:

Since 1996, DoSomething.org has honored the nation’s best young world-changers, 25 and under…In 2012 (up to) five finalists will appear on the Do Something Awards on Vh1 and be rewarded with a community grant, media coverage and continued support from DoSomething.org. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 during the broadcast.

Applicants must be 25 or younger and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. More info here.

World of Children Awards

Nomination deadline: April 1, 2012

We learned about this one via Twitter today. You can nominate someone who fits into one of three categories:

  • The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services.
  • The Health Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine or the sciences.
  • The Youth Award recognizes youth (under the age of 21)that are making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children.

Be sure to take a look at the Award Guidelines page.

Know of other awardscurrently accepting nominations to recognize people and organizations making the world a better place? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Expect Miracles Foundation writes:
    March 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Expect Miracles Foundation is proud to announce its 3rd annual Expect Miracles Awards, sponsored by American Century Investments. The Awards will be presented at Institutional Investor’s Mutual Fund Industry Awards Gala on April 5, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC.

    The Expect Miracles Awards are presented on an annual basis to individuals and firms within the financial community who have demonstrated outstanding support, commitment and dedication, as it relates to the fight against cancer and/or support of cancer- patient care programs. Nominees are individuals/firms whose behavior and actions separate them as role models for others within our industry.

    Nomination Deadline: March 5, 2012.
    To nominate your hero and learn more, visit http://www.expectmiraclesfoundation.org

    Categories of recognition include:

    Corporate Commitment Award: Recognizes a firm that has demonstrated an organizational commitment to the fight against cancer.

    Company for a Cure Award: Recognizes a firm for an innovative initiative or event in 2011 that helped to further cancer awareness and raise funds for cancer-related programs.

    Miracle Maker Leadership Award: Recognizes an individual at an executive or board level who has demonstrated long-standing personal leadership in cancer advocacy.

    Inspirational Contributor Award: Recognizes an individual whose personal efforts helped to ensure the success of a cancer-related project, event, or fundraising initiative in 2011.


  2. Elizabeth Kaeser writes:
    March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Here is another great opportunity:

    Final Call for 2012 Hasbro Community Action Hero Award
    Just five days remain to submit your nomination!
    Deadline: 5 p.m. EST – Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

    The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers who show that you are never too young to make a difference in your local or global community. Hasbro Children’s Fund and generationOn will celebrate five young people between the ages of 5 and 18 for their extraordinary community service and volunteer activities at a special recognition event in New York City and award each winner a $1,000 educational scholarship.

    A Hasbro Community Action Hero is a young person who makes an extraordinary mark on the world through service. The nominee’s achievements must demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:

    · Outstanding service to one’s local, national or global community
    · Extraordinary effort in creating innovative solutions to community needs
    · Leadership of an exceptional service or advocacy activity

    Don’t let time run out before you have a chance to submit a nomination for your hero!

    To learn more about how to nominate a Hasbro Community Action Hero today visit: http://www.generationon.org/global/big-happenings/hasbro-community-action-heroes.

    Nominations accepted now through 5:00 p.m. EST – Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

    About generationOn:

    GenenerationOn is the global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world. GenerationOn has brought the nation’s leading youth service organizations and programs under one umbrella including New York-based Children for Children, The League, Learning to Give, Points of Light Institute’s Kids Care Clubs, HandsOn Schools and HandsOn Network’s youth-driven programs. By partnering with teachers, parents, schools, community organizations and businesses, generationOn gives kids the opportunity to see firsthand the issues in their communities and the tools and resources they need to respond and become part of the solution.


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