GlobalGiving’s Video Contest Posts

Drum roll please… Announcing the 2017 Video Contest Winners!

Drum roll please… Announcing the 2017 Video Contest Winners!

Here at GlobalGiving we believe in the power of stories. And, in today’s digital world, it is more important than ever for nonprofits to be able to both tell and show their stories.

This year the GlobalGiving Video Contest received a record-setting 112 entries! We were thrilled to see your use of this important medium and it was extremely difficult to choose the top five entries — but here we go!

The 2017 grand prize winner for GlobalGiving’s Sixth Annual Video Contest is The Sweethearts Foundation, an incredible nonprofit based in South Africa which provides wheelchairs to men, women, and children in need. Want to find out how they do it? You’ll have to watch their video!

This year, our friends at the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) judged the top entries. SIMA is a nonprofit that celebrates social-documentary storytelling of excellence, screens films in communities and  classrooms worldwide, and connects international audiences and organizations  with the best global impact cinema.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Here at GlobalGiving we believe in the power of stories. And, in today’s digital world, it is more important than ever for nonprofits to be able to both tell and show their stories. That is why we are excited to announce our sixth annual Video Contest!

Each year our team has the pleasure of watching your inspiring videos and every year the judging gets harder! In 2017, we’ll select one grand prize winner and four runner-ups to be promoted in GlobalGiving’s outreach to donors.

The grand prize winner will also be featured in GlobalGiving’s monthly donor newsletter which is sent to more than 170,000 subscribers! Past video contest winners have received upwards of $6,000 in donations because of this promotion. And every participant benefits by receiving one GG Rewards point for simply entering the contest!  

Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Video Contest!

GlobalGiving is thrilled to announce the grand prize winner of this year’s video contest and our four runner-ups! We had the thrill of watching more than 60 fantastic videos submitted by our nonprofit partners and it was very difficult to choose just five to be featured.

Our grand prize winner is…Concern Worldwide USTheir incredibly moving video about the aftermath and clean-up of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal was chosen as the top film by our judges at Backpacker Films. Here is a short comment from our judges:

“Nepal – Responding and Beyond conveys to the audience why it’s necessary to be aware of devastating events across the globe and whom it affects most.  Moreover, we see why it’s necessary to contribute time and funds to help alleviate the challenges of those caught in the middle of disasters like the Earthquake in Nepal.   Congrats to Concern Worldwide for creating an excellent film”

Watch their amazing video:

The Winners

Food for Thought – Denver: By providing food for families that might not otherwise be able to afford a meal, Food for Thought – Denver is changing the lives of families in their community. Their touching video shows the impact of their work and how rewarding it is to give back.

3 Generations: The unique introduction in this video draws you in and makes you feel the power of telling your story. By providing a voice to the people around the world who need to be heard, 3 Generations is empowering people and inspiring communities.

mothers2mothers: This animated film takes you through the details of a complex problem throughout Africa. You really feel the impact of their program and how a mother can be uplifted through their work.

Women LEAD: This video takes you through the women’s leadership program in Nepal through the lens of all of the members of the community. It starts with the historical background and social context in Nepal so you know why their program is so crucial.  You get to hear from many of the the women in the program and even their mothers.

Congratulations to all of our winners! We are already looking forward to watching more amazing videos next year.

Get Ready for Your Close-Up!

Get Ready for Your Close-Up!

GlobalGiving is excited to announce our fifth annual Video Contest!  Each year our team has the pleasure of watching your inspiring videos to select one grand prize winner and four runner-ups to be featured in GlobalGiving’s outreach efforts to donors.

The grand prize winner will also be featured in one of GlobalGiving’s monthly newsletters. Our grand prize winner will be chosen by Backpacker Films, Inc. who have generously donated their time to help us. The newsletter will be emailed to more than 130,000 subscribers! Past video contest winners have received upwards of $6,000 in donations because of the newsletter.

Do you already have an amazing video on one of your projects? Great! Submit your entry here.

If not, don’t worry! We have some great resources to help you create an amazing video.

How to submit your video:

  • Upload your video to YouTube.
  • Embed your YouTube video into your project page. Save and submit your project edits by February 10th to be eligible. The GlobalGiving team will review and approve your changes within 1-2 business days.
  • Submit the web address for your project page and video in this entry form by February 12th.
  • Don’t forget, even if you don’t win the contest, you will still get GG Rewards points for participation!

Adding Music to your Video

Looking for some music to add to your video without worry about copyright issues? Check out the Vimeo Music Store. The Vimeo Music Store includes songs for commercial use and the site even provides some great songs for free!

Terms and Conditions:

  • Participating organizations must be current GlobalGiving Partners, Leaders, or Superstars.
  • Please note the project must be listed as “active” on globalgiving.org by the entry form deadline for the video to be eligible.
  • Eligible videos must be between 00:30 seconds and 3 minutes long. Videos that are longer than 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • Videos must be embedded in an active GlobalGiving project page in order to qualify for the Video Contest.
  • The submitted video must focus on the content described in the project.
  • Videos should be high quality and creative.
  • Videos may not contain any copyrighted element including music, videos, or photographs. Be sure that you have obtained all necessary legal rights for the content of your video.
  • All video participants must give informed consent of their participation in order to take part in the filming of your video.
  • Videos may not contain vulgar language or inappropriate content. GlobalGiving reserves the right to determine inappropriate content and disqualify a video.
  • Organizations may submit one video per organization.
  • Videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 12th in order to be considered for contest participation.

Please feel free to email us at projecthelp@globalgiving.org with any questions. We are very excited to see your videos soon!

The 2015 GlobalGiving Video Contest!

It’s here, GlobalGiving’s fourth annual Video Contest!  Every year the GlobalGiving team and our donors are blown away by the amazing submissions. Telling your project’s story through a short film is a great way to inspire donors and give them insight into your work. Read on to learn more about creating an effective short film and details about the contest. We can’t wait to watch your video!

Video Training: Not your Everyday Webinar

Our friends at What Took You So Long Foundation (WTYSL) were kind enough to make an educational video filled with tips on telling projects’ stories through film. This eye catching instructional video offers 34 tips and examples for creating short films about non-profit organizations and international projects. You don’t want to miss it! Click here to watch.

Inspired by WTYSL’s work? We are too! Click here to learn more about this incredible team. You can also learn more about What Took You So Long? by:

Inspiration

So now that you are an expert film maker you may need a little inspiration to get started. Take a look at last year’s grand prize winner, the SOLD project, here.