Devin Thorpe, founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, calls himself a champion of social good. He writes about, advocates for and advises those who are doing good. He travels extensively to share his message as a keynote speaker, emcee and trainer. As a Forbes Contributor he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing. His books on personal finance and crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker helping people use financial resources to do good. Previously he worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell.

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Hand Up for Social Good Award

Do you know a great social entrepreneur who deserves a hand up? So many of the good people I’ve met over the last few years who are doing social good, don’t get nearly as much credit as they deserve. You can help me find and recognize great do-gooders around the world; then we’ll give them a hand up.

Your Mark on the World, my new organization, will be giving $1,000 to a small social enterprise or nonprofit (less than $100,000 in 2012 revenue).  Any small organization in the world is eligible to enter. Nominations or applications must be submitted before the end of January 2013.

All those who submit applications or nominations will receive a code that entitles them to receive a free download of my book, Your Mark On The World.

Please complete the application below:

Do you know someone who deserves $1,000?

Here at Your Mark On The World, we are running the “Hand Up for Social Good” Award with a $1,000 prize. 

The award will recognize a small nonprofit organization or social enterprise that has a noble purpose and a big impact relative to their budget.

For many large organizations with multi-million dollar budgets, $1,000 wouldn’t mean much. I get that. But there are thousands of small and startup organizations that operate with tiny budgets and they can really use the money.

I need your help. Seriously. The problem is, small things are hard to find. Often, such small organizations have their attention focused on solving big problems and probably aren’t reading my blog here or at Forbes. I need you to help me share the word so that we can find a truly remarkable winner that deserves the money and the recognition that comes with it.

Sure, start ups need the $1,000, but I bet they need the national attention and recognition at Forbes.com even more than the money. All ten finalists will also get profiled on my Forbes page. What would that be worth to a small nonprofit or startup social venture?

Please, give some thought to those who may be good candidates for this award. Share this post with them directly. If you can’t think of one, share this on Facbebook and Twitter so that we can find and recognize a truly deserving organization.

To apply or nominate someone, click here.

Be Sure to Apply for the $1,000 “Hand Up for Social Good Award” Before Midnight on January 31, 2013

Applications for the “Hand Up for Social Good Award" are rolling in and there are only a few more days before the deadline. The process is quick and takes only about five to ten minutes. 

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By way of reminder, the “Hand Up for Social Good Award” from Your Mark On The World is our way of finding and recognizing a great small organization that is having a real impact in the world. Any organization, whether or not it is registered as a non-profit, may enter the competition. Applicants must have had less than $100,000 of revenue in 2012.

A panel of Forbes writers will be the judges. They will select ten finalists based on two criteria: 1) Mission and purpose, and 2) Impact. All ten finalists will be briefly profiled in a Forbes article on about February 7, 2013.

Readers will then choose the winner based on the same two criteria. Voting will run from about February 7 through February 28. The winner, the organization with the most reader votes, will then be profiled in a Forbes article and will receive the $1,000 prize!

If you know of an organization that should be profiled, be sure to encourage them to apply for recognition here before midnight mountain standard time on January 31, 2013.

Honorable Mentions for the Hand Up for Social Good Award

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The finalists in the Hand Up for Social Good Award have been announced in my Forbes blog, but I want to call out some of the remarkable organizations that were nominated and were not chosen by the judges as finalists. 

The following nominees merited consideration for the great impact they are having in the world. Personally, I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation to those who nominated these fine organizations and hope to encourage them to continue their efforts!

Please take a moment to visit their websites to learn more about the good work they are doing!

 

Big News: Another $500 for the Hand Up for Social Good

A generous philanthropist friend has offered to provide an additional $500 prize to the second place winner of the Hand Up for Social Good Award conditioned only on our getting another 500 votes! 

Our benefactor has asked to remain anonymous. I couldn’t be more excited to announce this because the finalists are all so great! Now we can recognize and reward two winners.

To vote, please review the profiles (and websites) for the finalists by reading this post in Forbes. After choosing your favorite, you can vote here.

Everyone needs a hand up once in a while

Voting for our “Hand Up for Social Good” Award will end on Thursday at midnight (MST). Thousands of people have voted, which demonstrates how much people care about seeing the world become a better place.

Remember, the finalist will receive a $1,000 prize and the second place organization will receive $500 (from a generous philanthropist).

All of the finalists are doing great things and making the world a much better place. I’m grateful to them for their work and to all of their supporters who make it possible.

If you haven’t voted yet, please take a moment to review the list of finalists at Forbes.com and cast your vote.

"Hand Up" Voting Ends; Suspense Builds for Announcement

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After tabulating thousands of votes, we have our winners. The Hand Up for Social Good Award winners will be announced next week.

At this point, even the winners do not know they’ve won. I’m working on profiles for the first and second place winners. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and will be profiled in my Forbes column next week and the second place winner will receive $500 and will be profiled here at yourmarkontheworld.com.

You will be inspired by both stories, I can tell you that much. You won’t want to miss out on hearing about these remarkable people and the good they are doing in the world. You’ll feel empowered to change the world, too!

Winners Announced: World’s Greatest Small Social Entrepreneurs Recognized

Today Your Mark On The World announces the winners of the Hand Up for Social Good Awards for the best small social entrepreneurs based on their mission and impact.

The winner, who will receive $1,000 from Your Mark On The World, The Yonkofa Project, has been profiled in my Forbes blog.

The runner up for the Hand Up for Social Good Award which comes with a $500 prize from an anonymous philanthropist goes to The Senase Project.

For this post, I interviewed The Senase Project founder Christopher Toone. I’ll share that interview with you directly and unedited as Chris tells his story much better than I could.

How did you come to start The Senase Project?

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