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About Be More Awards

Each year, this multifaceted program celebrates the human spirit and showcases the best work by nonprofit organizations in West Central Florida and the individuals that support them. WEDU PBS invites you to join us for the 15th Annual WEDU Be More Awards as we highlight the best works from area nonprofits as part of an award-winning, nationally-recognized, and multi-media supported event.

Eligibility

The WEDU Be More Awards are open to all nonprofit organizations located in the WEDU PBS viewing area.

This includes: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto, Highlands, Hardee, Polk, Osceola, Orange, Lake, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties.

The submission of an application or nomination is free of charge to all nonprofit organizations.

  • Organizations may apply in more than one category by submitting a separate and distinct application packet.
  • All campaigns, events, projects, and programs must have occurred between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.
  • Application packets must be submitted in an organized and cohesive manner using the official 2020 WEDU Be More Awards application available for download. Submissions not meeting this condition will not be eligible for an award.
  • All submissions become the property of WEDU PBS and will not be returned.

The winning organizations and individuals will be announced during the WEDU Be More Awards luncheon on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center. (Tickets are required to attend.)

Rules

The WEDU Be More Awards consist of a variety of categories. Please review the categories to determine the format of your submission. Some categories will require a completed, printed and signed application with supporting materials, while other categories require an online nomination.

If the category you are applying for requires a completed, printed and signed application, all requested information must be included or the applying organization will not be eligible for an award.

For application categories:

  • Include 2-4 examples of materials supporting your application that demonstrates why your organization is the most deserving of a WEDU Be More Award.
  • Applications must include a current copy of organization IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) status.
  • Submitting organizations must include six (6) identical submission packets including your 2-4 examples to be distributed for judging. Copies of your WEDU Be More Awards application must be included with each packet. Applications and supporting materials will not be returned.

Award applications must be postmarked by October 29 2019. WEDU is located at 1300 N Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607. Applications may be delivered to WEDU Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hand-delivered applications must arrive by 5 p.m. on October 29, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Judging

Final judging for the 15th Annual WEDU Be More Awards will take place from November 7, 2019 to December 13, 2019. The WEDU Be More Awards judges are impartial business, philanthropic and civic leaders from the WEDU viewing area. Judges will not review any organization’s application with which they have a personal or professional affiliation. All applications will be screened by WEDU staff members to ensure application criteria are met. Judges will not review incomplete applications. All judging is based on a point system. Top nominees in each category will be notified via telephone and a letter from WEDU no later than January 6, 2020. All decisions are final.

Voting Categories

Empowered

Small Nonprofit Award

This award honors the small nonprofit that best demonstrates the truth in statement that “big things come in small packages.”

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Inspiring

Rising Star Award

This award will recognize an individual, under the age of 21, who has distinguished himself or herself in the community directly accredited to their inspiration, dedication, motivation, or acts of kindness.

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Entrepreneurial

Engaged Philanthropist Award

This award will recognize an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the nonprofit community by engaging entrepreneurial skills and expertise to build or support a successful nonprofit endeavor.

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Involved

Mason Dixon Award for Volunteerism

One person can make an extraordinary difference. These award nominees were culled from an online poll driven by votes from the general public in the WEDU PBS viewing area.

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Humble

People’s Choice Award

his award is driven by an online poll with votes from the general public in the WEDU PBS viewing area.

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Relevant

Best Use of Video Award

This award will honor an organization’s short video (under 5 minutes) that tells a compelling story about the organization that has the power to compel someone to seek services, volunteer time, or support the organization financially.

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