Classy Awards 100 Finalists Showcase the Best in Social Innovation

100 visionary finalists announced for the seventh annual Classy Awards, the country’s largest social innovation awards ceremony

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SAN DIEGO--()--Classy, the world's leading mobile and online fundraising platform, announced the 100 finalists for the annual Classy Awards. The Classy Awards, the culminating event of the Collaborative, recognizes the most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises addressing our greatest social problems. The Collaborative is a three-day experience that brings together top social innovators from around the world and takes place this year June 13 to 15 in Boston’s Innovation District.

This year’s nomination pool addressed hundreds of social issues from around the world, including animal and wildlife welfare, disaster relief and public safety, education advancement, environmental protection, health services, human rights and social justice, and poverty and hunger relief.

To be eligible, programs must address a social problem, have at least one year of measurable results, and have an office or headquarters in the U.S. or Canada. All applications required a 360-degree summary of programmatic performance, and were put through a rigorous evaluation process based on the following selection criteria: scale, scope and leadership expertise of the problem being addressed, innovative approach, ability to solve the problem, and organizational effectiveness and resource management.

“The Classy Awards has become one of the top forums for recognizing global social innovation," said Pat Walsh, Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Classy. "Classy Awards Finalists are pioneering innovative ideas and technologies that address some of our greatest social problems, and we're honored to play a role in recognizing their incredible accomplishments."

Classy Awards Finalists will now be evaluated by the Leadership Council, an honorary board of top experts and executives from across the social sector who democratically determine the Classy Awards Winners. The 10 winners will be announced onstage at the Classy Awards Ceremony, a part of the three-day Collaborative in Boston, June 13 to 15, 2017.

For more information please visit https://www.classy.org/collaborative. To view the full list of the Classy Award Finalists, please visit https://www.classy.org/collaborative/awards-ceremony-finalists-2017.

The Collaborative is presented by Classy, Southwest, Fluxx, Plenty, The Boston Foundation, Guidestar, and Salesforce.org.

About the Classy Awards

The Classy Awards is the largest awards ceremony of its kind, recognizing excellence in social innovation. The yearlong initiative identifies and evaluates organizations addressing hundreds of social problems around the world. The winners are determined by the Classy Awards Leadership Council, an honorary board of leaders and experts whose unique perspective and valuable insight establish this recognition as one of the highest honors in the social sector. The Classy Awards is the culminating event of the Collaborative, which takes place June 13 to 15, 2017, in Boston’s Innovation District.

About Classy

Classy is the world’s leading fundraising platform for social enterprises with the goal of solving social problems more effectively and efficiently. Since launching in 2011, Classy has helped more than 3,000 social enterprises including Oxfam, World Food Program USA, and National Geographic to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Classy also hosts the Collaborative, a three-day summit and awards ceremony, that brings together impactful social enterprises and celebrates achievements in the sector. Based in San Diego, California, Classy employs a staff of over 200 people and was recognized by Glassdoor in 2016 as one of the Best Places to Work. Other recent recognitions include Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies for Social Good in 2016, Entrepreneur Magazine’s 10 Most Brilliant Companies for Social Impact in 2016, and inclusion as a “Rising Star” in the first-ever Forbes Cloud 100 list in 2016. Classy is backed by investors including JMI Equity, Mithril, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit www.classy.org or follow Classy on Twitter: @Classy.

Contacts

Classy
Erin Hall, 619-961-1892
ehall@classy.org
TW: @Classy

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Contacts

Classy
Erin Hall, 619-961-1892
ehall@classy.org
TW: @Classy