SS on the Scene: Philly DoGooder Awards

Syreeta on the Scene / February 25, 2013
The Philly DoGooder Awards were held at the University of the Arts’ Hamilton Hall.

The Philly DoGooder Awards were held at the University of the Arts’ Hamilton Hall.

Feb 21st, 2013 marked the culmination of a five-month journey to “shine a light on the innovative ways nonprofits tell their stories” via Philly DoGooder.

I’ve been lucky enough to witness the DoGooder movement from its early beginnings so it was a great pleasure to be able to attend the awards ceremony. The University of the Arts’ Hamilton Hall was filled with movers and shakers from a diverse pool of non-profits, media entities, corporations and innovators. Hosted by Here’s My Chance and presented by Wells Fargo, the Philly DoGooder Awards served as a celebration and ultimate recognition for the leading, innovative non-profit organizations in our city.

According to Generocity, a PDG sponsor, “over 90 nonprofits competed in the awards, vying for $250,000 worth of resources. The grand prize will be divvied up between the five winning organizations ($50,000 each).”

Philly DoGooder Overview…

PDG Logo“The First ever local DoGooder Awards will be hosted in Philadelphia from Sept 4 – Feb 16. It’s a chance for community organizations to get valuable resources to help them become more sustainable. It’s a chance for our creative economy to shine on a national stage. It’s a chance for everyday people to become DoGooders in support of a stronger and more vibrant city.

The brainchild of David Gloss and Kevin Colahan of Here’s My Chance, Philly DoGooder is community effort with support from all the great organizations listed below.  Driven by the collaboration of Generocity, United Way, Wells Fargo, Philly in Focus, Chatterblast, Skai Blue, and many others, it is truly a powerful showing of community.honorees

A bunch of prizes, resources, volunteers, creatives, companies, foundations, people, events, films, contests, celebrations, and good will run wild in the City of Brotherly Love.

Starting with a Video Hackathon, opening up to a city-wide film festival, intermissioned by an MLK Needs Assessment Day, and capped off by a celebration of our city’s emerging DoGooders, it is the first macro skilled resources challenge of its kind.  Oh..and all of the winners get paired with local Corporate partners to fill the needs that were assessed during MLK and a bunch of other awesome stuff.” –PDG

And the award goes to…

Viewers Choice Video by a Nonprofit (Presented in part by Sandra Baldino, Generocity and Jill Michal, United Way of GPSNJ)

Best Overall Video by a Nonprofit (Presented by Vince Liuzzi, Regional President of Wells Fargo)

Innovation Awards (Presented by Mayor Nutter)

  • Innovation in Urban MechanicsDesiree Peterkin- Bell, City Representative 
  • Innovation in Storytelling: Leah Kauffman, Executive Producer of
  • Innovation in Community Building: HughE Dillon,

Congratulations to you all!

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To keep up with all of the good-will that Philly DoGooder is supporting in our city, visit:!

– Sincerely Syreeta

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