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NO PURCHASE, OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. VALID IN THE 50 UNITED STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OF THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, IRELAND AND THE UNITED KINGDOM ONLY.
 

"The Partners" means See3 Communications, YouTube, Cisco Systems, the Nonprofit Technology Network, the National Alliance for Media and Culture and Zacuto.
 

ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.
 

The DoGooder Video Awards (the “Contest”) is a skill contest where nonprofit organizations and individuals who created video for positive social change are invited to submit their content created in 2013. For the purposes of these Official Rules, a “Nonprofit” is any entity that (a) is a United States, Canadian, or Australian 501(c)3 organization or a registered charity in the United Kingdom and Ireland; (b) has a YouTube channel; and (c) is eligible to be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.  The videos will be evaluated by criteria (outlined below) and 16 finalists will be chosen. A “Finalist” is an entry to the contest that is selected to advance to either public voting or juried voting for the chance to win its respective category in the contest. Finalists are selected by a team of curators (the “Judges”) comprised of video professionals and principals from among the Partners.  Winners will be chosen by public voting (Best Nonprofit, Funny for Good and Youth Media Awards) or by juried voting (Impactᵡ award).  Prize(s) will be awarded to participant(s) with the highest score. See below for the complete details.

 

1. Binding Agreement: In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to these Official Rules (“Rules”). Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Google with respect to the Contest.

 

2. Agreement to Rules: By entering this contest, you agree to all of these Official Rules. All decisions regarding the contest will be made by The Partners in its sole discretion, and are final.

 

3. Eligibility: There are four categories in this year’s contest.  These are summarized below. Detailed information about submission requirements and judging criteria can be found further down in the rules.

 

●     Impactᵡ Award: A juried prize based on the real world impact driven by a video.  This will be based on the video itself as well as a short essay, submitted with the entry, which explains how the video drove impact and changed the status quo for the issue it addressed.   The winner of this category will be chosen by a panel of judges consisting of Cisco employees and must be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.

 

●     Best Nonprofit Video Award: This category is reserved exclusively for 501c3 or equivalent nonprofits in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand per YouTube’s nonprofit program membership rules.  The winner in this category will be chosen through public voting and must be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.

 

●     Funny for Good Award: This category celebrates those videos that use humor and comedy to raise awareness and drive action around important issues.  The winner in this category will be chosen through public voting and must be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.

 

●     Most Inspiring Youth Media Award:  This category recognizes the efforts of young people who, in partnership with a nonprofit, best communicate their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspires others to support their cause or mission. The winner in this category will be chosen through public voting and must be a member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.

 

Submission of entries to all categories is open only to nonprofits who are or are eligible to be members of the YouTube Nonprofit Program.

 

Nonprofits - don't worry if you are not a confirmed member of the YouTube Nonprofit Program at the time of the contest - just be sure you have applied by the close of submissions on February 15, 2014.  We will judge all videos equally, and will only confirm entry into the YouTube Nonprofit Program if your video reaches the finalist stage when videos are chosen to be voted on by the public. Any video reaching the finalist stage that is NOT accepted into the YouTube Nonprofit Program will be disqualified and the video with the next highest rating by our judges will replace it. If your organization submitted an application and submitted a video that did not make it to the finalist stage, your application to the YouTube Nonprofit Program will still be processed.

 

Nonprofits can learn more about the YouTube Nonprofit Program here.

  

Impactᵡ Awards, The Funny for Good and Most Inspiring Youth Media Awards are open to both nonprofits and individuals as defined above.

Participants are welcome to enter as many submissions as they wish to the categories they are eligible to participate in. However, participants may not submit the same video, to multiple categories.
 

Not valid where prohibited.  Employees, officers or directors of "The Partners" are not eligible to compete.
 

4. Originality and Rights: ALL ENTRIES MUST HAVE BEEN CREATED between January 1st, 2013 and February 15, 2014. By submitting your video, you are promising that you own all rights to all material in your video, including the music, images, script, and rights to include all persons, places or organizations included or depicted. Include your name, year and copyright on your work, as you will retain all rights to your entries. "The Partners" will have distribution rights for non-commercial use, and video makers will have co-distribution rights for either public or commercial use. You also agree to allow "The Partners" to use your name, or your organization's name, identification, and likeness to use, promote or publicize your video in any manner, without limitation, and without further compensation. You agree to indemnify "The Partners", including for legal costs, against any challenges to the ownership, use of, or rights to material in your video.
 

5. What Your Video May Contain: "The Partners" intend to use these videos to show how nonprofit organizations and Individual creators of cause video are using technology and media to inspire and engage the public. Video content should be informative, educational and entertaining, as well as original. All submissions must adhere to the YouTube Terms of Service and Community Guidelines:

http://www.youtube.com/t/terms.

https://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines
 

Videos cannot be longer than ten minutes in total length.
 

6. Content Limitations: Entries that are lewd, obscene, pornographic, disparaging of "The Partners" or of another nonprofit organization or otherwise contain objectionable material may be disqualified at "The Partners'" sole discretion.
 

7. Submission Criteria & the Selection of Finalists: 16 Finalists (4 in each category) will be selected by the Contest Judges on or about February 27th, 2014.  Judges will evaluate entries based on a set of criteria that differs between categories and is detailed below.  
 

Impactᵡ Award: Judges will select finalists based on a mix of the quality of their video and the contents of a short essay that describes how the video was impactful for its issue.  This essay is to be submitted as a brief, 250-500 word description that accompanies the upload of the video entry.

 

  •     Essay/Description (40%): Does the entrant demonstrate that this video had a positive effect on the issue it addressed? Does the entrant make a compelling case the video changed hearts and minds of key audiences and ultimately altered the status quo of the issue at stake?
  •     Message of the Video (20%): Is the video message clear? Does the message take an original angle on the topic? Do you know what the video seeks to communicate and what it wants you to do?
  •     Use of Video (20%): Did the organization take advantage of the video medium? Could the message have been more effectively communicated using any other medium?
  •    Quality of Video (20%): Was the video made well? Did they use good video technique including framing, sound, visual interest, etc.?
     

The ultimate winner of the Impactᵡ Award will be determined by a special jury of voters consisting of Cisco employees who will chose the winner based on the same criteria listed above.
 

Best Nonprofit Video: Judges will select Finalists based on the quality of their video, using the following rubric:
 

  •    Message (20%): Is the message clear? Does the message take an original angle on the topic? Do you know what the video seeks to communicate and what it wants you to do?
  •    Use of Video (20%): Did the organization take advantage of the video medium? Could the message have been more effectively communicated using any other medium?
  •    Quality of Video (20%): Was the video made well? Did they use good video technique including framing, sound, visual interest, etc.?
  •    Creativity (20%): Did the style of the video catch your attention? Did you see something original and exciting?
  •    Emotional Appeal (20%): Did you feel connected to the characters and content? Did you identify with the organization and its cause? Would you be compelled to act on behalf of the organization?

The ultimate winner of this category will be chosen by public voting (see Public Voting below).
 

Funny for Good Award: Judges will select finalists in this category based on the rubric below,  with emphasis placed on the use of humor to advance a nonprofit’s message and story.
 

  •      Use of Humor (40%): Does the video use humor to catch the audience’s attention and make a lasting impression? Does the “joke” ultimately bring the viewer to a clear statement or call to action? Does the video make the viewer laugh but not distract them from the larger issue at stake?
  •      Use of Video (20%): Did the organization take advantage of the video medium? Could the message have been more effectively communicated using any other medium?
  •     Quality of Video (20%): Was the video made well? Did they use good video technique including framing, sound, visual interest, etc.?
  •     Creativity (20%): Did the style of the video catch your attention? Did you see something original and exciting?
     

The ultimate winner of this category will be chosen through public voting.
 

Most Inspiring Youth Media Award: This category recognizes the efforts of young people who, in partnership with a nonprofit, best communicate their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspires others to support their cause or mission.
 

The Most Inspiring Youth Media Award is hosted in partnership with the National Youth Media Network (NYMN) and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC). Judges will select Finalists of this category based on the following rubric:
 

  • Message (20%): Is the message clear? Does the message take an original angle on the topic?
  • Use of Video (20%): Did the organization take advantage of the video medium? Could the message have been more effectively communicated using any other medium?
  • Quality of Video (20%): Was the video made well? Did they use good video technique including framing, sound, visual interest, etc.
  • Creativity (20%): Did the style of the video catch your attention? Did you see something original and exciting?
  • Emotional Appeal (20%): Did you feel connected to the characters and content? Did you identify with the organization and/or the cause discussed in the video?

 

The ultimate winner of this category will be chosen through public voting.
 

In the event a potential Winner is disqualified for any reason, the Video that received the next highest total score will be chosen as the potential Winner. The Partners may, in its sole discretion, contact any or all of the potential Winners via the email addresses associated with the YouTube accounts in order to confirm the eligibility of those potential Winners and compliance with the Official Rules.
 

8. To Enter the Contest: The timeframe to submit entries  (“Submission Period”) starts February 1st, 2014 at 12:01 PM EDT and ends at 11:59 am EDT on February  15th, 2014. You must submit your video entry to the Contest via YouTube, by visiting http://youtube.com/dogooder. To submit an entry, you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understand these Contest rules.
 

9. Public Voting: The Finalists in the Best Nonprofit Video, Funny for Good and Most Inspiring Youth Media Award categories will be revealed at www.youtube.com/DoGooder (the “Web Site”) on or about February 28th, 2013.  Public voting will remain open from February 28th, 2013 through March 10th, 2013 at 11:59 am EDT ("Voting Period"). During this time the YouTube community will be encouraged to vote for their favorite video with the limit of one (1) vote per video per person per day. Votes will be cast using a simple "vote for this" mechanism with the winners receiving the largest amount of total votes.  Votes may only be cast on the YouTube platform on the Contest Website.
 

At the close of the Voting Period, the Submission in each category that receives the most votes will be declared the winner. In the unlikely event that public voting results in a tie, the Partners will decide the winner based on their scoring in the first round. At the discretion of "The Partners", all winners are subject to verification, including without limitation, verification of eligibility, compliance with these Official Rules and completion of all required documents (described below). Entrants agree that the Partners have the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of the Partners are final and binding.

 

10. Prizes: "The Partners" will award four (4) total premiums (the “Prizes) in the Contest.
 

The uploader of each winning video – one winner per category – will receive a set of Prizes.
 

Prizes consist of the following: winning video featured on the YouTube Spotlight, free registration to the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference and additional prizes to be set by See3 Communications.
 

The winner of the “Best Nonprofit Video” will also receive a cash prize totaling $3,000 from Cisco.
 

The winner of the “Most Inspiring Youth Award” will also receive a set of prizes to be determined by NAMAC.
 

Winners will be announced at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference on March 13th, 2014 and will be notified by email at least 1 (one) day before this event. Winners must execute final releases which confirm that they are eligible to receive prizes based on the above rules.  Failure to respond to requests for releases  from "The Partners" will void the award, and the prize may then be awarded to another entrant.
 

11. Choice of Law and Recourse to Judicial Procedures: These Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and all participants expressly waive any and all such rights.

 

12. Release: By receipt of any prize, winners agree to release and hold harmless See3 Communications, YouTube, Cisco Systems, the Nonprofit Technology Network, the National Alliance for Media and Culture, Zacuto and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Partners”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. 

 

13. Limitations of Liability: The Partners are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Submission process or the Contest; (4)   typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of Submissions or votes or the tabulating of votes, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related 
materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). The Partners are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. The Partners are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Submission.

 

14. Additional Conditions and Terms: 
 

(A) All taxes are the responsibility of the winner.

(B) You agree to comply with all government laws and regulations.

(C) ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, "The Partners" RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

(D) "The Partners" are not responsible for errors of any kind, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, including any injury or damage to any person's computer, related to or resulting from participating in or experiencing any materials in connection with the promotion, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission that may limit your ability to participate in the promotion.

(E) "The Partners" reserve the right to cancel or modify the contest if fraud, misconduct or technical failures harm the integrity of the program; or if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration or security of the program as determined by "The Partners", in their sole discretion. In the event of termination, a notice will be posted online. If insufficient entries are received, or if no entry submitted meets minimum reasonable criteria for a prize, in "The Partners" sole and final discretion, a Grand Prize winner may not be selected. If at least one qualifying entry is made, at least one finalist award will be made.

(F) Proof of submitting entries or responses to inquiries will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by "The Partners". Only receipt of an e-mail from "The Partners" acknowledging an entry or communication will be considered proof of submission.

(G) Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or like methods of participation will void all such submissions by the entrant.

(H) "The Partners" reserve the right to prohibit the participation of an individual if fraud or tampering is suspected or if the account holder fails to comply with any requirement of participation as stated herein or with any provision in these Official Rules.

(I) Once submitted, an entry is final and may not be altered or edited further. Duplicate entries will disqualify all such entries.

(J) No submissions will be returned.

(K) "The Partners" may use any and all information obtained from entrants for its internal activities, including contacting an entrant. "The Partners" may share this information with others, but will not sell this information to others.

(L) This Contest is offered only in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia and is governed by the laws of the State of California. All claims relating in any manner to this contest or to any submission must be resolved in the federal or state courts of California, United States. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and "The Partners" in connection with the contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.

(M) "The Partners" are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of Web Site is at user's own risk.

(N) The odds of winning will be determined by the number of entries.

(O) Project may be executed and submitted by an individual or a group – for communications purposes, please identify one person as the team representative and note on the entry form.
 

For more information, please contact the DoGooder Awards at katie@see3.com. For privacy details, click here.