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Offer: 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards

The 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards Begins the Search for Best Nonprofit Videos from the past year.

Generous support is provided by Cisco, the Case Foundation and the Nonprofit Technology Network

See3 Communications, the leader in online video for nonprofits, and YouTube, the world’s largest online video community, announced today the launch of the 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. The Nonprofit Video Awards is designed to recognize the creative and effective use of video to promote the work of the nonprofit sector in catalyzing social good. Cisco, the global leader in making innovation possible through network technology, will provide $14,000 in cash prizes and up to $6,000 in products to be divided amongst the winning organizations. Winners must be members or signed up for the YouTube Nonprofit Program—a special program that YouTube designed to help nonprofits achieve their missions through video. The four contest winners will be featured on the YouTube homepage and receive free registrations to the Nonprofit Technology Network's (NTEN) signature event, the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

“We are thrilled to present the 6th year of the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. With this contest, we get to highlight important nonprofit stories and help organizations engage with the YouTube audience,” said Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 Communications. “In addition, we are grateful to partner with great organizations such as Cisco, The Case Foundation and NTEN who have been instrumental in making hugely impactful media resources available to the nonprofit sector.”

Says Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice-President at Cisco, “As a ‘tech nowist’, I enjoy seeing nonprofits leveraging technology and social media. They are learning what many businesses already know – which is that video is quickly moving to the Internet and becoming an everyday way of communicating. I’m very excited Cisco is recognizing these innovative nonprofits and hosting the sixth annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards.”

"Through the DoGooder Nonprofit Video awards, we have seen firsthand how compelling images and dynamic stories amplified by the social web can inspire and activate the masses" said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation. "The videos submitted bring the transformative work of 'do gooders' to life, representing thousands of innovative ideas that will one day change the world."

Holly Ross of NTEN says "As nonprofits, we want to do more than simply tell people what we do, we want to show the impact it makes on our communities. Nothing lets us do that like video."

Beginning January 31st, video submissions will be accepted until February 29th, when a panel of expert judges will select four finalists in four categories: Best Small Organization Video, Best Medium Organization Video, Best Large Organization Video, and Best Video Storytelling (awarded to the organization that uses video to tell the most compelling, human stories). Finalists will be announced on April 5th.

This year's winners will be determined by the public. The YouTube community will have the opportunity to vote for the best videos among the 16 finalists from March 14th through 28th.

The winning videos in each category will be featured on the YouTube homepage (a 24-hour “primetime” placement) and recognized at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco on April 5th. The winners in each category will receive prizes and products from Cisco to help them harness the power of human and technology networks to multiply their impact on the people and communities they serve.

Celebrating its sixth year, the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards has awarded thousands of dollars in grants and prizes to nonprofit organizations with the goal of advancing the use of video to support the work of the nonprofit sector. Last year, almost than 1,400 entries were submitted from 821 nonprofit organizations in 4 countries, with winning videos from Post Carbon Institute, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin, American Jewish World Service, and Watershed Management Group.

Organizations can enter the contest by going to www.youtube.com/nonprofitvideoawards.

ABOUT SEE3 COMMUNICATIONS
See3 Communications is an interactive communications agency that works exclusively with nonprofits and causes. We specialize in helping nonprofits and causes to get results by telling their stories online through engagement campaigns, video production, and web design & development.

YOUTUBE
YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

CISCO
Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. As a global leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we believe businesses have a responsibility to operate in ways that respect and ultimately benefit people, communities, and the planet we live on. Our core CSR philosophy is that impact multiplies whenever human and technology networks combine to solve a problem. We approach CSR the same way we approach business—by applying our technology, employee expertise, and partnerships to improve the well-being of people and communities around the world.

"At Cisco, we believe businesses have a responsibility to operate in ways that respect and ultimately benefit people, communities, and the planet we live on; we call this Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Our core CSR philosophy is that impact multiplies whenever human and technology networks combine to solve a problem. We approach CSR the same way we approach business—by applying our technology, employee expertise, and partnerships to improve the well-being of people and communities around the world."

For more information visit Cisco Systems CSR online at: http://www.cisco.com/web/about/citizenship/index.html

THE CASE FOUNDATION

The Case Foundation, created by Steve and Jean Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world, with the ultimate goal of making giving back a part of everyday life. We create and support initiatives that that leverage new technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to drive innovation in the social sector and encourage individuals to get involved with the communities and causes they care about.

For more information, visit www.casefoundation.org and follow the Case Foundation at @casefoundation on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/casefoundation.

NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY NETWORK

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) helps nonprofits use technology strategically and confidently to create the change they want to see in the world. NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information by connecting our members to each other, providing professional development opportunities, educating our constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearheading groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting our entire community. For more info, please visit NTEN.org

Those organizations not currently taking part in the YouTube Nonprofit Program are encouraged to do so; application is easy and free at www.youtube.com/nonprofits.

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