Voting Open For The 3rd Annual Classy Awards

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It seems like they’re giving out awards for just about anything these days. But the nominees for the ‘Classy,’ the largest philanthropic award in the country, are definitely worth celebrating. The award recognizes “the most outstanding philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses and individuals nationwide,” with 12 categories ranging from “Charity of the Year” to “Young Nonprofit Leader of the Year” to “Most Innovative Use of Social Media by a Charity.” Nominees we particularly like (and there are many) include Karma Builders, a program that hires and trains people newly out of prison to work for local sustainable companies, cultivating a positive mind-set and real world skills to break the “vicious cycle of unemployment and re-incarceration,” and Bike & Build, a program that organizes cross-country bike trips, stopping to exchange their bikes for hammers and build houses along the way. This past week, public voting opened on the Classy website, so you can check out the nominees and vote for one in each category yourself. And if nothing else, you’ll at least feel a little better knowing that some good is being done in the world.