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Classy Awards Finalists

Just Announced: The Classy Awards Finalists

After a year-long process of prospecting, vetting, and evaluation, we’re excited to announce the 100 Classy Awards Finalists. The Classy Awards recognize outstanding programs run by social impact organizations around the world. The Finalists and Winners are chosen for their excellence in social innovation.

These 100 contenders prove that creative thinking and innovation can happen at organizations of all sizes and cause sectors. They include young organizations like Coalition for Queens, who aims to bring economic opportunity and technical innovation to the famed New York neighborhood, and long-standing influencers like Oxfam America, who fights against poverty, hunger, and injustice.


Our Finalists tackle problems as diverse as education, deforestation, and extremist violence. These pioneers of social progress introduce ground-breaking solutions to solve the world’s toughest problems. They demand change, work feverishly for progress, and execute effectively.

Convening in Boston, June 14-16, the Collaborative + Classy Awards will unite the world’s most innovative nonprofits, social enterprises, entrepreneurs, and funders. This one-of-a-kind event culminates in a moving ceremony honoring the Classy Awards Winners.

Meet the Classy Awards Finalists!

This year 1,100 organizations submitted 1,300 programs for consideration. Nominees went through a four phase evaluation process based on these criteria…

1. The scale, scope, and leadership expertise of the problem being addressed.
2. Innovative approach.
3. Ability to solve the problem.
4. Organizational effectiveness and resource management.

The 100 Finalists will be reviewed by the Classy Awards Leadership Council, a collection of social sector executives, entrepreneurs, and innovators. They face the difficult task of choosing the very best of the Finalists, only ten of whom will be named Classy Award Winners.

Classy Awards Ceremony

In this final stage of evaluation, the Leadership Council will analyze each program’s ability to meet the above criteria. Additionally, they’ll also look for these key characteristics…

  • A comprehensive understanding of problem dynamics.
  • An innovative solution.
  • A sustainable business model.
  • Great potential to solve the problem.
  • A focus on learning.

Along with the Finalists and Leadership Council, the Collaborative + Classy Awards will host nonprofit professionals from all cause sectors as well as funders, entrepreneurs, and students. This diverse range of voices from the social sector will convene for keynotes, panels, product demonstrations, and breakout sessions.

Collaborative + Classy Awards Panel

Whether your organization is up for a coveted Classy Award or not, the conference will yield new ideas, connections, and inspiration. Join us at the Collaborative + Classy Awards to bring your voice to this one-of-a-kind dialogue for social good.

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