By Sonja Knudson, Program Team Fellow 2017-2018
Innovation is impossible without failure. If you look at very successful people, their careers began with failure. Before he founded Microsoft, Bill Gates’ first product was a complete disaster. In high school, Michael Jordan was denied from the varsity basketball team. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first job at a news station before her huge success as a television host. At GlobalGiving, we recognize the importance of failure. One of GlobalGiving’s core values is ‘Listen, Act, Learn, and Repeat’– we try, fail productively, and continuously strive to learn from our experiences.
In our fourth annual Fail Forward Contest, we want to celebrate your failures! But not only that– we want you to share with your donors how your organization failed and then ‘Listened, Acted, Learned and Repeated’ in order to grow as an organization.
Enter the Fail Forward Contest by submitting your failure story today through October 27th, 2017 midnight EDT and your organization will be entered to win a cash bonus prize and promotion on our social media & blog! Sign up here and see submission details below.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
– Henry Ford
How does the Fail Forward Contest work?
- Use this online form to enter the contest!
- Submit a GlobalGiving project report featuring a story about a time that your organization tried something that didn’t work but learned something that ultimately helped improve your work by October 27th, 2017 at midnight EST!
- In your submission, include this language before the text of the report to avoid confusion with donors!
‘This project report is a submission to GlobalGiving’s 2017 Fail Forward Contest, where organizations are asked to share a story of when they tried something new that didn’t go as planned and how they learned from it. Enjoy!’
4. A panel of GlobalGiving judges will review all submissions in early November and select the top three Fail Forward stories! These stories will featured on GlobalGiving’s social media, and will receive a monetary prize to be used for their work. First place will receive $1,000; second place will receive $600; and third place will receive $400.
What should you include in your fail forward report?
- What was your organization trying to achieve and why?
- What was the idea or method that you tried?
- Why the idea or method failed?
- What did you organization learn from the experiment?
- How is your organization using that experience to improve and grow in its impact?
- Remember: this report is sent out to all donors of your project! Make sure to include how you used the experience with failure to grow as an organization. Donors love to see organizations who learn from their past experiences!
Terms and Conditions:
- Organizations must submit the Fail Forward 2017 Entrance Form to be eligible.
- Only organizations that submit a report for an active project about learning from failure will be eligible.
- The Fail Forward report must be submitted between September 28th, 2017 and October 27th, 2017.
- Any monetary prize money will be added to your December disbursement.
- GlobalGiving’s fee will not be assessed for the prize money.
- Each organization may only submit one Fail Forward story.
- Your organization must have Partner, Leader, or Superstar status to participate.
- You must meet all other GlobalGiving disbursement criteria in order for any monetary rewards to be distributed.
- GlobalGiving reserves the right to make final decisions regarding the awarding of bonus awards or promotion opportunities and can disqualify any organization in violation of the terms and conditions.