Why you want to be a part of the Collaborative + Classy Awards

February 24, 2016 Saas & Platforms
Jeremy Milk
By Jeremy Milk, Head of Marketing
Jeremy Milk
By Jeremy Milk, Head of Marketing



One of the best things about working at WePay is the satisfaction we get from helping organizations use the power of the platform to make a positive difference for people in need. So we’re super excited to support one of our partners in a unique event that does just that: The Collaborative + Classy Awards.

Classy.org, for those that don’t know, is an all-in-one fundraising solution aimed at making it as simple as possible for nonprofits to accept and manage donations online. But they’re also behind The Classy Awards, which honors organizations and programs making the biggest difference and doing the most good.

This is a program that has grown incredibly since its inception in 2009. That year, it was simply a small event aimed at highlighting organizations that Classy saw doing good in its hometown of San Diego. The next year, nominations were opened to organizations in eight U.S. cities. Then it went nationwide. Now, it’s global — last year’s awards drew submissions from 3,600 nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs in 115 countries.

Why do people submit for the Classy Awards? In part because it’s a fun event to be a part of — who doesn’t like getting up on stage at an Oscar-like black tie gala to accept an award for your hard work.

But the Classy Awards also serve as an important way to bring targeted awareness to some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity today, as well as the innovative groups working to solve them.

The 10 Classy Award Winners  are chosen by the Classy Award Leadership Council, a panel of 110 experts representing academia, community foundations, for-profit corporations, global NGOs, industry experts, media professionals, nonprofits, philanthropists, private foundations, policymakers, public figures, and social entrepreneurs. Some of the august names on that list: Brad Ack, SVP of the World Wildlife Fund, Thiel Foundation President Blake Masters, Change.Org founder Ben Rattray, and UNESCO Deputy Director-General Getachew Engida.

This year, the Classy Awards are focused on innovation. Applicants are still being evaluated on all the standard metrics: scale and scope of the problem addressed, ability to solve the problem, and organizational effectiveness and efficiency. But the judges are also looking for creativity, and disruption. It’s not just about a business-as-usual approach to social good. This year’s winners will be the groups that are bringing new thinking and new approaches. You can read more about how the Leadership Council is thinking about innovation here.

All in all, the Classy Awards are a unique opportunity to raise awareness for important causes, and a great way to bring recognition to the often unsung groups working for those causes. If you know of an organization that’s doing great work, we highly recommend you nominate them for the Classy Awards. You can find the nomination form here.  But hurry, because nominations close next week on Feb. 29 at 11:59 pm PST.

About the author

Jeremy Milk

Jeremy Milk, Head of Marketing

Jeremy is WePay's head of marketing. Earlier, he held marketing and product leadership roles for Intuit QuickBooks, where he got hooked on fintech, and The Clorox Company. He's also a die-hard UNC basketball fan.

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