World of Children: Annual Award Program
The World of Children Award Program recognizes real-life heroes working to dramatically improve the lives of children. Honorees receive grant funds and media attention, both of which help their gold standard programs grow so that they will ultimately impact the lives of even more children. The following awards are open for nomination:
- Advocacy Award: Recognizes the contributions of individuals who have changed the world for at-risk children through substantial efforts in public outreach and advocacy.
- Crisis Award: Honors individuals making extraordinary contributions to groups of vulnerable children affected by war, natural disasters, or other crises.
- Education Award: Honors an individual making extraordinary contributions to children in the fields of education, literacy, and learning. This includes individuals who have made and are making education available to severely underserved populations, or those who innovate new and effective methods of learning and teaching, and those whose work creates educational opportunity for children who are challenged or disenfranchised.
- Health Award: Honors an individual making extraordinary contributions to children in the fields of health, medicine, or the sciences.
- Hero Award: Recognizes past honorees whose work has excelled beyond what the World of Children could have imagined and grants them additional funds to further their work for children.
- Humanitarian Award: Honors an individual making extraordinary contributions to children in the fields of social or humanitarian services.
- Protection Award: Honors an individual making extraordinary contributions to protect children from fear, abuse, and sexual exploitation (including but not limited to trafficking, slavery, and sexual imposition).
- Youth Award: Honors an individual 21 years old or younger who is a visionary young leader running a sustainable, high-impact program for other youth.
Amount: The Protection, Education, Health, and Humanitarian Awards have a minimum grant of $50,000. The Youth Award has a minimum grant of $25,000. Award amounts are not indicated for the Crisis, Hero, and Advocacy categories.
Eligibility: Generally, each nominee must have an existing nonprofit/not-for-profit/NGO/charity organization in good standing and in operation for at least 10 years that can receive grant funds if awarded. The nominee must be the founder, co-founder, or visionary leader responsible for the organization’s success and growth, and the organization must entirely focus on the needs of children. The nominee must do this work over and above their normal employment or work for little or no pay. Nominees must have been doing this work with the organization for a minimum of 10 years (3 years for the Youth Award).
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