Visit the Global Gallery for inspiring stories of love and forgiveness. Make sure your software is updated to view all videos. 

The word philanthropy means 'love of humanity.’

Caring and compassion -- LOVE -- is the foundation of all non-profit work.

It is our instinct, as humans, to love others and it is this love that leads us to take action -- to do something to make the world a better place for individuals, society and the world at large.

Love and Forgiveness often aren’t stated goals for public service organizations which tend to focus on the more concrete and measurable aspects of their work. But the more clearly we are able to establish and examine the connection between inspiration and action -- between love and labor -- the more effectively we can support, expand and leverage some of most powerful resources in public service -- the transformative powers of love and forgiveness.

That’s why the Fetzer Institute is offering two $25,000 awards -- one for a US-based nonprofit organization, and one for an NGO outside the United States. The Fetzer Institute wants to recognize, celebrate, and honor the good work done by a vast array of public service organizations while deepening its understanding of the connection between the Fetzer mission and the broader NGO/nonprofit world.

Entries will be featured in the Global Gallery of Love and Forgiveness -- a showcase of inspiring videos from around the world.  And public voting for the MOST LOVED project will determine the winner of a $5000 award given by the Fetzer Institute.  

The deadline for submission was January 31, 2013, midnight EST. All materials must have been submitted by that time to be considered, however, due to a high volume of entries, your submission may not appear in the Global Gallery for up to 48 hours, and we may not be able to respond to individual e-mails confirming receipt of submission. As long as your materials are in by this time, we will contact you if anything else is needed. 

Public voting will begin February 14th and continue until midnight EST February 28, 2013.  

The organization that is "MOST LOVED" by receiving the most online votes will be awarded $5,000.  The highest vote-getter must meet all requirements for participation in the competition to receive the award.  If the top vote-getter doesn’t meet requirements, the prize money will be awarded to the next highest qualified organization. 

A panel of judges from the Fetzer Institute’s NGO Advisory Council and will select the winners of the $25,000 awards to be announced in March of 2013.

Nonprofit organizations/NGOs legally registered and working for a minimum of 3 years at local, national, or international levels, as well as public/private partnerships performing public service functions on a not-for-profit basis, are eligible for submission to the award. 

Click here to learn more about eligibility. For more information, contact Lauren@steeltown.org