Each year, we ask our supporters to nominate someone in their community who goes above and beyond the call to kindness for a special award program called Caught in the Act (CITA) — and each year, we award one staff pick and one publicly selected candidate to receive $3,000 each, plus special recognition on our official channels. Last year, our two winners were a mother and daughter duo that spent their days helping the homeless and their pets stay warm and cozy all year long, and a particularly amazing woman who started a chain reaction of kindness by donating a kidney to a stranger. With our 2015 deadline just around the corner, we’re hoping you’ll help us find two new winners.
Like last year, our deadline is December 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Still not sure how CITA works or what sort of fine print you should know before you nominate? That’s okay! In fact, we’ve broken it down for you below, so you can read up quickly and start brainstorming names of your own.
How Does This All Work?
Know of someone who’s made a difference through extraordinary acts of kindness in their community? You can nominate them right here on our website using this handy form.
You don’t need to know the individual personally either; If you saw a particularly moving story in the news or heard about their kind efforts secondhand through a friend of a friend, you can still submit a nomination. Just make sure you get some sort of contact information and write up a thorough explanation of why you think they deserve the award.
Once you’ve made the nomination, we’ll review all of our submissions personally. The staff selected winner(s) will receive a cash prize as well as a lovely certificate.
How Is The Second Winner Chosen?
In addition to our staff selection winner, we’ll also hold a public vote on selected nominees, for which you will be able to cast your vote (keep an eye on social media for a voting period announcement)! The winner of the public vote will receive $2,000 and a certificate as well.
What Are The Qualifications? Who Can Be A Nominee?
It’s all pretty simple, really. We’re looking for people who have performed creative and inspirational acts of kindness that have had a positive impact on their community, large or small.
For example: You can nominate someone who does chores for those who are unable to, or someone who provides services or goods for someone who would otherwise be unable to afford them, or you could nominate someone who completed a larger project or works regularly to promote kindness (such as through building homes, organizing a meal delivery service, or founding a charity of their own).
What Kinds Of Nominating Materials Do I Need?
Make sure you’ve documented your nominee’s kind acts using photos, articles, videos, or testimonials. As long as we have a clear-cut idea of what they’ve accomplished, you should be okay.
I Work For A Nonprofit. Can I Nominate A Co-Worker?
Absolutely! If you work for a nonprofit and want to nominate one of your fellow volunteers, that’s absolutely fine. The only stipulation is that the person cannot be nominated for duties that they were paid to do.
Wait! I Read This Too Late & The Deadline Is Passed!
That’s okay! Caught in the Act runs annually. If you unfortunately missed this year’s deadline, there will be plenty of opportunity to submit a name for next year’s program.
Help! I Don’t See My Question Here!
If you still don’t see the answer to your question listed here, feel free to email our events team at email@example.com.
The deadline is fast approaching and we can’t wait to see your nominations! … Who will you choose?