Dot.Org Awards

Dot.Org Awards

Who are the leaders in innovative uses of technology? Which organizations are pioneering new approaches in communications? The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is proud to present the DotOrg Awards, recognizing nonprofits who are using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways.

  

 

 

Consider nominating your organization for a Dot.Org Award, which will be presented at the 2018 Nonprofit Communications and Technology Conference. Nominate your organization (or another organization doing outstanding work) in the categories of:

Creative Campaign
Program Delivery
Website Redesign

View the past recipients of the Dot.Org Awards.

Nominate an Innovation


The Dot.Org Awards welcome nominees from any Minnesota-based nonprofit organization doing innovative and creative work with technology. The nominated project must have been launched in the last 18 months. A nonprofit may enter in more than one category, but each nomination should meet the criteria of the criteria for which it is nominated. Separate nominations are required. Award winners from the previous year are ineligible the following year. Please do not resubmit entries from previous years.

Nomination Deadline: January 2018

Please refer to this information carefully when filling out the nomination form. The nomination forms ask for information on:

The nominated nonprofit
The nominated project
Nonprofit/project budget size
The audience(s) of the project
Nomination category
How the project meets the criteria for that category
How the project aligns with the organization’s mission
Demonstrated results of the project
Your contact information
Contact information for the nominated project

Award Categories


Creative Campaign

Examples of projects in this category could include, but are not limited to: fundraising campaigns, advocacy campaigns, marketing initiatives, and public awareness campaigns.

Award Criteria
Nominated projects should meet the following criteria:
1. Demonstrates that the campaign used the right tools for the job
2. Used a creative or novel approach
3. Was effective in the goals set forth
4. Engaged the audience effectively

Program Delivery
Examples of projects in this category could include, but are not limited to: mapping for program participants, hardware or software for participants improvement, streamlining program services, and connecting people to information. NOTE: The nominated project must be able to be reviewed by the selection committee. If the program delivery is an internal process, please demonstrate by granting the committee access to view the innovation. This can be done through setting up a user account, providing a demonstration video or other method of sharing.

Award Criteria
Nominated projects should meet the following criteria:
1. Solves a problem/challenge
2. Meets participant or client needs
3. Improves service delivery
4. Creative use of technology

Website Redesign*
Examples of projects in this category could include, but are not limited to: brand new websites, complete redesigns or site facelifts, and rebranding projects on the web.

Award Criteria
Nominated projects should meet the following criteria:
1. Meet a clear need (please explain the process to determine needs)
2. Includes A strategy for continued improvement based on analytics or other tools
3. Includes an integrated content strategy
4. Used an inclusive process during development 

*This category is divided into two: one for small organizations (budget size under $750,000) and one for large organizations (budget size over $750,000)

Additional Information

Winning organizations receive two complimentary admissions to the conference, will be recognized during the conference plenary, in the program and on MCN's website, and receive a complimentary exhibit booth at the conference where they can showcase their winning project.

If you have any questions about the Dot.Org Awards, please contact MCN's Program Coordinator, at events@minnesotanonprofits.org.

 
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