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 cast your vote for the 12th Annual WEDU Be More Awards!
Help us highlight the best works from area nonprofits as part of an award winning, nationally-recognized, and multi-media supported event.
The voting period closes in
Cast your vote until Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at noon
You may vote once per 24 hours, per category.
Cast your vote in the six online voting categories. Finalists in the remaining eight categories will be selected by judges.
Small Nonprofit Award
Recognizes an organization with a budget under $500,000 and despite its modest size, has a major positive impact on our community.
Engaged Philanthropist Award
Recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the nonprofit community by engaging entrepreneurial skills and expertise.
Warren Averett People’s Choice Award
Exhibits the connection and relationship the organization has with the community and the people it serves.
Rising Star Award
Recognizes an individual, under the age of 21, who has distinguished himself or herself in the community.
Outspoken Volunteer Award
Bestowed upon the individual, family or group that has lent a unique voice to bring awareness, credence, support, or action to an issue or cause.
Best Use of Video Award
Recognizes an organization with the best short video that has the power to compel someone to seek services, volunteer time, or support the organization financially.
Recognizes initiatives, projects, and/or services that are unique, creative, or innovative and will be presented to the organization responsible for the development, coordination, delivery, and results of the project.
Judges’ Choice Award
Recognizes an organization demonstrating an overall appeal due to its original and extraordinary approach to its respective project.
Arts & Culture Award
Recognizes culturally-based organizations that contribute to the spirit of adventure and exploration through education in the arts and culture.
Special Events Award
Recognizes the uniqueness and effectiveness of a special event and the success in achieving outlined objectives.
Nielsen Marketing Campaign Award
Recognizes the execution of creative and results-driven original marketing campaigns using multimedia platforms.
Educational Outreach Award
Recognizes an organization that through a specific project offered guidance, knowledge, emotional or physical support, and/or a mentorship program.
ABC Action News Award
Bestowed upon an individual or group of people whose simple act of kindness made a tremendous impact on someone’s life.
Nonprofit Organization of the Year
Awarded to one organization that, through a superior level of service, helps their constituency be more.
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, 2015 and August 31, 2016.
- Application packets must be submitted in an organized and cohesive manner using the official 2017 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 will be announced during the WEDU Be More Awards luncheon on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center. (Tickets are required to attend.)
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 28, 2016. 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 28, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Final judging will take place from November 4, 2016 to December 12, 2016. 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 13, 2017. All decisions are final.
The 2017 WEDU Be More Awards are made possible by: