Fast Company has announced the winners of its World Changing Ideas Awards, which honor businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. Classy is proud to join the list as a finalist in the General Excellence category for Classy Passport—the world’s first cross-currency fundraising solution for nonprofits.
Now in its second year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcases 12 winners and more than 200 finalists. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 1,300 entries in 12 categories, from Food, to Energy, to Developing World Technology.
Classy Passport debuted at the end of 2017, enabling nonprofits to instantly take their fundraising global, while providing worldwide supporters with a seamless giving experience for the causes they care about. Classy Passport was created in collaboration with Room to Read, an organization focused on improving literacy and gender equality in education across 14 countries. Unable to identify a product on the market that could meet their international online fundraising needs, Room to Read saw a unique opportunity to work closely with Classy on creating the ideal solution.
Other Fast Company honorees include big-name brands like Microsoft and Walmart, government programs from Los Angeles and Ontario, and nonprofits like the Anti-Defamation League and UNICEF. The 2018 awards featured entries from across the globe, from India, to Brazil, to Rwanda.
Fast Company’s May issue celebrates these world-changing ideas, highlighting how Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has spearheaded a solution to the city’s housing crisis by using backyards as a building place for tiny houses; Facebook, whose Disaster Maps feature helps rescuers allocate resources after disasters; L’Oreal, which has designed a tool to make sure its products are as sustainable as possible; and The North Face, which has designed a new wool beanie that is sourced from sheep farms that use agricultural practices that emit less carbon than they produce.
About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners and finalists based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start work on solving the problems that affect us all.