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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 Dot.Org Awards, recognizing nonprofits who are using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways.

The Dot.Org Awards honor Minnesota nonprofits leading the sector in uses of new technologies and communications, including:

Creative Campaign
Program Delivery
Website Redesign

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 Dot.Org Awards, recognizing nonprofits who are using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways.


Congratulations to the 2017 Dot.Org Award Winners


Creative Campaign
American Indian Cancer Foundation
Indigenous Pink Breast Health Campaign   

AICF LogoBreast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most common cancer found in American Indian and Alaska Native women. Indigenous Pink Day was created to educate indigenous people across the U.S. on the importance of early detection and to remind participants to keep up-to-date on their cancer screenings. The campaign utilized several social media platforms, as well as Native-specific educational material for breast health. The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) was able to use these culturally-tailored breast health educational tools and resources to bridge the gap in awareness and education and encourage participants to schedule screenings. AICAF empowered participants to spread awareness by wearing pink and posting photos using #IndigenousPink in order to track participation. Thousands of men and women participated in this campaign, along with several organizations and businesses throughout American Indian communities in the United States. The campaign also included participation by many popular and celebrity American Indian community members from around the country. Indigenous Pink succeeded in engaging participants in critical discussions. The campaign provided education, shared success stories and challenges, and advanced AICAF’s programming to reflect the community.

Program Delivery
Children's Dental Services
Rural Teledentistry Network Project


CDS LogoThere is currently a significant lack of access to dental care in most rural Minnesota counties. The Rural Teledentistry Network Project alleviates this problem by providing access to dental care utilizing teledentistry in rural and remote regions of Minnesota, specifically targeting low-income children and pregnant women. Teledentistry has been shown to be especially helpful for reaching patients in remote areas and has been found to be a critical modality to address the severe shortages of rural health care. Applications of telehealth, including videoconferencing between a patient and health care provider for consultation, education, support, and care coordination are aspects of public health dental care provided for Children's Dental Services (CDS) patients. Transmission of data such as X-rays, photographs, video and audio files; remote monitoring of vital signs and other health indicators; and Internet applications for culturally appropriate patient education and disease management, are also necessary components of care that via teledentistry can be accomplished at a fraction of the cost for the targeted rural communities. CDS has been successful in expanding a telehealth network across rural Minnesota, providing care for 16 previously underserved counties. 

Website Redesign - Small Organization
Education Evolving  

EE LogoEducation Evolving’s mission is to advance student-centered learning by empowering teachers and by opening public policy to innovation. Advancing this mission involves persuading others to accept and embrace a bold new theory of change for public education. Websites are the front door to an organization and its ideas, and a touchpoint for this process of informing and persuading. As a result of a survey of peer organization websites and audience interviews, Education Evolving decided to drastically simplify their navigation to focus on four important items: clear articulation of a change strategy; easily navigable publications and resources on education policy; a blog covering education policy and innovation; and an accessible description of what the organization is and does. Also at the time of the redesign, noting how valuable a blog would be to its audience, the team drafted a new editorial strategy for regular posting on their blog. Education Evolving’s ability to advance their mission hinges on conveying credibility and integrity to their audience. From the beginning of the project, an emphasis on clarity, organization, relevancy and adaptability drove the design decisions to a successful redesign completion. 

Website Redesign - Large Organization
American Craft Council

ACC LogoAmerican Craft Council (ACC) serves an audience that is large and segmented – all united by a love of craft. Artists, craft enthusiasts and creative individuals from all walks of life look to the American Craft Council for opportunities to connect with their community. For that reason, the redesign of had to both serve as an easy-to-access information hub and a gathering place where visitors could indulge in the creative spirit of making. In order to achieve these mutual goals, the project demanded intuitive information architecture and striking visual design. Taking a mobile-first approach to the design has allowed people to reach the Council in more ways – a goal substantiated in analytics data. Since relaunch, the daily average of mobile traffic is 20-40% more than the same time last year. ACC is now going through another process of trainings and goal-setting around content creation, workflow and strategy to make sure to fill their new website with only the best and most useful content for its artists and community.

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2018 Communications & Technology Conference
Wednesday, March 21
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

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