Call for Entries Deadline: April 5, 2024

Celebrating the best in nonprofit communications!

Were you part of communication efforts that were instrumental in the success of your nonprofit organization or client?

PR Daily’s Nonprofit Communications Awards shine a spotlight on the meaningful work you and your team are doing to advocate for, build awareness of or raise funds for important nonprofit causes, initiatives or organizations; they are a celebration of the passion that drives your organization.

Whether it's a groundbreaking campaign, innovative storytelling or impactful community engagement, if you are passionate about making a meaningful impact through your nonprofit's or your nonprofit client’s communication efforts, this awards program is the perfect platform to showcase your work.

By participating, you’re joining a network of like-minded nonprofits, industry experts and potential collaborators. PR Daily will host a special live event in September in New York City, where we will recognize all finalists and announce category winners. This special industry event is the perfect opportunity to network and celebrate with your peers, opening doors to partnerships, funding avenues and insights that could propel your mission forward.

Enter PR Daily’s Nonprofit Communications Awards to showcase your influential work!

CATEGORIES

GRAND PRIZE

 Nonprofit Communications Campaign of the Year

A limited budget, lack of awareness and a small staff don’t get in the way of achieving your goals. Those challenges are simply motivation to create innovative new campaigns to promote your cause and organization. We want to see comprehensive PR campaigns that drove traffic to your website, inspired people to engage with you on social media, drove major fundraising initiatives or turned your supporters into your biggest advocates.

 Nonprofit Communications Professional of the Year

Their passion and dedication to communicating on behalf of an organization that they felt strongly about was unmatched. We want to hear how this person was instrumental in building awareness for their cause or organization. What challenges did they face? How did they overcome them? What were the results? Share all the details that make them the best nonprofit communications professional around. Individual nominations, as well as nominations on behalf of colleagues or clients are accepted.

 Nonprofit Communications Rising Star of the Year

This category honors emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector whose innovative and impactful communication strategies show exceptional promise and potential for shaping the future of nonprofit storytelling.

 Nonprofit Communications Team of the Year

Small but mighty is no cliché when it comes to your team. You hustle hard, overcome obstacles and champion your cause with unrelenting determination. This is your time to get recognized for the incredible work you do and the lives you’ve changed. Share an overview of your major challenges and even bigger wins over the past year.

 Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership of the Year

This category recognizes outstanding collaborations between corporations and nonprofit organizations, celebrating impactful partnerships that have led to success through innovative and purpose-driven communication initiatives.

CAMPAIGNS AND COMMUNICATION

 Advocacy or Awareness Campaign

How did you raise awareness for your organization’s or client’s cause, or a cause your organization or client advocates for? Share the channels that led to success. Tell us about the obstacles, goals, strategy and results of your campaign.

 Branding or Rebranding Campaign

Did your brand need an update? Did you modernize your creative assets, redefine your organization’s mission or build a new brand from the ground up? Share how your branding campaign elevated your public profile and captured attention from your audience. Tell us about the changes that defined your rebranding effort.

 Community-Nonprofit Partnership

Whether your nonprofit works to solve problems locally or abroad, your community can be a driving force for positive change. How did you collaborate with your community to champion an important cause or initiative? Did you host a 5K, a charity ball or a golf outing to inspire a mass audience to give back to your organization and community? We want to hear the inside story of how you partnered with a local government, civic group or school this past year. What was the goal? How did you achieve it?

 Content Marketing Strategy

 Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership

Corporate resources, especially volunteer manpower, are just what a nonprofit needs to achieve regional or national prominence. How did you combine forces with your for-profit partner? We’re especially interested in seeing how both organizations benefitted from the partnership. Tell us about your partnership and how you worked together to achieve amazing results.

 Crisis Communications

How did you communicate the work of your nonprofit during a crisis this past year? What was the crisis, and how did you address this and help overcome it? We want to hear it all.

 CSR/ESG Initiatives

We want to hear about the work that is making the world a healthier and more sustainable place. Tell us about your CSR or ESG initiatives and programs.

 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Communications

Your nonprofit or client promoted diversity, equity and inclusion. What was the communications plan for delivering upon this commitment? What were the goals? How did you use your communications platform to combat discrimination against the marginalized group(s) you were supporting?

 Donor Relations Strategy

We will honor nonprofits with exemplary approaches to cultivating and stewarding donor relationships, showcasing innovative and effective communication strategies that foster engagement, trust and lasting support.

 Email Marketing Campaign

Share the email strategy that resulted in great success for your organization. Why was email the right strategy for sharing news, promoting events, seeking donations or finding volunteers? Did you segment audiences based on their past donations or event attendance? What messaging did you employ to meet your goal? Share powerfully crafted subject lines, open rates and other metrics for success.

 Employee Communications

Tell us about your internal comms campaigns and initiatives at your nonprofit that engage your workforce, promote collaboration and innovation, foster an amazing work culture and more.

 Event PR and Marketing

Your event—live or virtual—was created to raise awareness about a cause, raise funds, honor those affected by an issue or recognize your donor base. How did you drum up excitement about this event? Tell us what PR and marketing tactics you used to encourage RSVPs and make invitations a hot commodity. What was the attendance, fundraising or engagement goal for your event? How did you measure its success?

 Executive Visibility Campaign

Your executives are the chief champions of your organization’s mission. Tell us about the PR campaigns you developed to share the story of their connection to your nonprofit and goals for the future. We want to see the media relations efforts, speaking engagements, partnerships and other executive visibility efforts that were a success for your organization this year. How did this affect organizational goals like securing donations, building brand awareness or recruiting volunteers?

 Fundraising Campaign

Your nonprofit depends on funds to make a difference. How did you find creative solutions to your lack of funding? How did you appeal to the generosity of your audience? Tell us about your fundraising campaign and its goals. We want to see how you met or exceeded your objectives.

 Global Communications Campaign

We will celebrate nonprofits that have demonstrated excellence in crafting impactful communication strategies on a global scale, showcasing innovative approaches that transcend borders and effectively address international audiences to drive positive change.

 Influencer Communications

Did working with influencers have a positive effect on your organization’s goals? How did you partner with someone who was passionate about your mission to get the word out? Tell us about sponsored posts, social media takeovers, volunteer initiatives or events that heavily featured influencers. Why did you team up with them and how did it help?

 Innovation in Nonprofit Communications

Creativity is key to successful campaigns and initiatives. We’re looking for comms work that pushed the envelope and challenged the status quo.

 Marketing Campaign

You took advantage of a variety of marketing tools to promote your nonprofit. Did you use print, digital, broadcast or outdoor advertising campaigns, email promotions, online and social media marketing or other tactics? Tell us about your marketing campaign’s success.

 Media Relations Campaign

You harnessed the power of the media to share information about your cause or nonprofit. Did you think locally and work with reporters in your area to gain local newspaper and television coverage? Did your story make national news? Did you put together a press event or gain social coverage from local influencers? Tell us how you created a shareable brand story. Don’t forget to include links to or PDFs of the media coverage.

 Member Communications

This category recognizes nonprofits that excel in engaging and communicating with their members, showcasing outstanding strategies that foster meaningful connections, enhance member satisfaction and effectively convey the organization's mission and values.

 Multi-channel Campaign

This category applauds excellence in integrated communication strategies, recognizing outstanding campaigns that leverage multiple channels seamlessly to amplify their message, engage diverse audiences and achieve impactful results.

 Personalized Communications Strategy

We will celebrate work that demonstrates innovation in tailoring communication efforts, acknowledging outstanding strategies that effectively personalize content and engagement to resonate with individual audiences, fostering meaningful connections and driving positive outcomes.

 PR Campaign

 PR or Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

A little budget went a long way for your PR or marketing efforts on behalf of your nonprofit. Tell us how your single campaign or ongoing PR or marketing efforts were successful when funds were limited.

 Public Affairs Campaign

We are looking for impactful communication strategies in the realm of public affairs, celebrating outstanding campaigns that effectively navigate and influence public opinion, policy and societal issues to drive meaningful change.

 Re-engagement Strategy

We are searching for nonprofits that have excelled in reviving and reconnecting with their audience, showcasing innovative communication strategies that successfully re-engage stakeholders, reignite interest and strengthen connections for sustained impact.

 Social Media Campaign

Social media is a great way to get in touch with your audience. What was the goal of your campaign? Which platforms were most successful for you? Did you take a multichannel approach? Share the social content you created and the metrics that prove its success.

 Use of Artificial Intelligence

We will celebrate work that is using technology, recognizing outstanding applications of artificial intelligence in communication strategies that enhance engagement, optimize outreach and contribute to the overall effectiveness of nonprofit initiatives.

 Use of Augmented and Virtual Reality

This category recognizes innovative nonprofits, celebrating exceptional applications of augmented and virtual reality in communication strategies that captivate audiences, convey impactful narratives, and elevate the overall engagement experience.

 Visual Storytelling

Did you upgrade your visual communications efforts? Share how video, original photography or updated design played into your overall marketing strategy. How did you use these creative assets to tell a story across multiple platforms, and what was the impact on your audience? Show us the creative work that was produced, and be sure to include results and responses.

 Volunteer Communications

This category celebrates outstanding initiatives that effectively convey appreciation, provide clear communication channels and foster a sense of purpose and community among volunteers.

COMMUNICATIONS ASSETS

 Annual Report

Annual reports are useful tools for nonprofits. We want to see how you collected data and stories to share the success of your organization over the past year. How did you design your report to create an easy yet captivating reading experience? What insights did you think would be most valuable to your audience? Print and digital versions are equally welcome.

 Article

Your articles aren’t only great storytelling pieces, they’re an essential marketing tool. Tell us about the feature you published about your organization’s founder or the interview series you created about people whose lives were changed by your nonprofit’s work. How did your article showcase your organization’s strengths and mission? We want to see stories written for your publication, along with op-ed pieces, online articles and other examples of great storytelling. We’d love to see the comments you got from readers as well.

 Blog

Keeping your blog content up to date is a huge undertaking. How have you created a steady stream of content that’s original, informative and entertaining for your audience? We want to see blogs that give an inside look at the day-to-day operations of your nonprofit, share the stories of people you serve or provide insights into the problems you’d love to abolish. Please include a link to the blog and a minimum of three posts. As always, include measurable results of its success.

 CSR or ESG Report

We will recognize outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting, recognizing comprehensive and impactful communication strategies that transparently showcase an organization's commitment to sustainability, social responsibility and ethical practices.

 Digital Publication

Do your e-newsletter subject lines put The Skimm to shame? Did you create on online magazine to share information with internal or external audiences? Tell us how the design and content of your publication inspires readers to share it. We want to see lively writing that provides practical benefits to readers. Tell us all about your print, electronic, weekly, monthly or quarterly publication. Show us what makes it a hit. Share your reader feedback with us.

 Email Newsletter(s)

Do you excel in the art of email communication? We are looking for outstanding newsletters that effectively engage audiences, deliver compelling content and demonstrate innovation in using this essential channel to advance the organization's mission and goals.

 Internal Publication

This category celebrates outstanding publications that inform, inspire and engage employees, fostering a sense of unity, pride and alignment with the organization's mission and values.

 Podcast

We will honor outstanding audio storytelling and communication strategies that effectively engage audiences, share compelling narratives and amplify the organization's mission and impact.

 Print Publication

What materials do you publish that inform your members, stakeholders, community members or the broader public? Tell us about your magazine, pamphlet, mailer or other creative asset. Share your publication with us, along with the feedback you received, and tell us what made it successful.

 Video

Mastering the skill of creating powerful videos can generate significant results for your organization. We want to see how you used this popular communication medium to reach your audience. Was your video an emotional TV advertisement, a sharable clip for YouTube, a prepared media reel or a testimonial? Did you go viral? Send us your video. Tell us all about it and how it succeeded.

 Website

Your website isn’t just a hub for information and donations, it’s a beautifully designed digital experience for all who visit. We’re seeking industry leaders whose impressively designed, navigable and functional websites tell the story of their mission clearly and creatively. The content and organization of your sites are important as well. We want to see it all. Microsites, custom and mobile websites are also eligible.

HOW TO ENTER

On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your entry. The synopsis should be 350 to 900 words and include the following sub-headings (when applicable):

  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI

Be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the category descriptions, as the judges will look for those elements when they select the winners.

You will be able to upload additional documents, links, videos and URLs to your submission. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The award program is open to in-house teams, agencies and individual practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Vendors may also submit their work or their client’s work. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your clients.

Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.

Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can email him at brendang@ragan.com or call 312-960-4407.

This year’s program is open to any work executed between April 1, 2023, and April 19, 2024, inclusive.

ENTRY FEES

The fee for this program is $425 per entry into standard categories, and $475 per entry into Grand Prize categories.

A late fee of $199 per entry will be added to all entries received after 11:59 p.m. Central time, April 12, 2024.

Do you have a campaign, project, individual or team you'd like to enter into multiple categories? Pay the original entry fee, and then only $199 for each additional category!

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?

PR Daily's Nonprofit Communications Awards are the pinnacle of recognition in the fields of nonprofit comms. By participating in these awards, you will:

  • Recognition and Credibility: Winning or even being nominated for an award enhances your organization's credibility and recognition within the nonprofit sector. It can serve as a stamp of approval for the quality and impact of your communication efforts.
  • Showcasing Achievements: Awards provide an opportunity to showcase your nonprofit's achievements in communication. It allows you to highlight successful campaigns, innovative strategies, and the positive outcomes of your initiatives.
  • Networking Opportunities: Participation in awards events often comes with networking opportunities. Connecting with other nonprofits, industry experts, and potential collaborators can open doors to new partnerships, funding opportunities, and valuable insights.
  • Boosting Team Morale: Being recognized for excellence in nonprofit communications can boost the morale of your team. It acknowledges their hard work, dedication, and creativity, motivating them to continue striving for excellence in their communication efforts.
Who can enter?
Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. The program is open to in-house, agency, independent communication practitioners and vendors in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
What does it take to be a winner?
We look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or results that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same campaign to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning. You'll also save on multiple submissions of the same campaign or project.
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?
Ragan will recognize all finalists—and announce category winners—at a special live event in September of 2024. All entrants will be notified in advance of this live event.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please email Brendan Gannon brendang@ragan.com or call 312-960-4407.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email hannahl@ragan.com.

Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.