Is your nonprofit communications team creating influential communications campaigns? We want to see your work. Enter PR Daily’s Nonprofit PR Awards.

Were you instrumental in building awareness for the underfunded and underrecognized initiatives that were close to your heart? Have your campaigns, projects and partnerships changed lives?

PR Daily’s Nonprofit PR Awards will recognize the most powerful, personal communications efforts from the past year.

We accept submissions from philanthropic foundations, government agencies, professional associations, charitable organizations, academic institutions and the agencies that represent them. This is your chance to show off the campaigns and projects that were instrumental in changing lives.

Ragan will honor finalists—and announce category winners—at an awards gala, with special editorial coverage on Ragan.com, PR Daily and beyond. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the date and location are TBD.

We offer a variety of categories to showcase your work.

Want to see what it takes to be a winner?Check out the 2019 Nonprofit Awards Special Edition.

See a full list of categories and eligibility requirements, and read how to enter below.

Eligibility Requirements

These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.

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 reach him at 312-960-4407 or brendang@ragan.com.

This year’s program is open to any work executed between Feb. 1, 2019, and April 24, 2020, inclusive.

Entry Fees

The fee for this program is $425 per entry.

Entry fee for Grand Prize categories is $475.

A late fee of $199 per entry will added to all entries after 11:59 p.m. Central time, April 24, 2020.

Do you have a campaign or project you'd like to enter into multiple categories? You'll pay the original entry fee, and then only $199 for each additional entry of the exact same submission into additional categories! 

W-9 Form / Tax ID Number Request

How To Enter

On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. We ask that the synopsis does not exceed 1,250 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 up to five additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project.

Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:

*NEW ADDRESS*

Brendan Gannon
Ragan Communications 
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?
Our award programs help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity for your brand across our websites and social media audiences, discounted training at Ragan conferences, a custom write-up about your campaign and a trophy.
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 media coverage 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.
What are the entry requirements?
The entry form requires that you submit a synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. The synopsis—no more than 1,250 words, please—should include the following sub-headings (when applicable):
  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI
Campaigns must have been executed within 12 months prior to the date we begin accepting submissions for a given program.
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?
We try to announce a list of finalists six to eight weeks after the close of the program. The announcement of the winners comes about three to four weeks after the announcement of the finalists. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants in advance of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.ates.

Additional Questions

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

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