Fetzer Awards to NGOs Furthering Love, Forgiveness
The Fetzer Institute is creating a tangible incentive and recognition for non-governmental organizations whose work furthers love and forgiveness--a pair of $25,000 awards and exposure via a global, web-based competition. Asking, "What in the world are YOU doing?" the program will honor an NGO within the United States and one from elsewhere in the world.
The purpose of the activity is much broader than just identifying a pair of recipients, said Fetzer Board Chairman Rob Lehman. “There’s a whole invisible community that’s already doing the work,” Lehman said, “and part of our role is to make that community visible.”
Philanthropy defined means “love for humanity,” so there’s certainly no shortage of worthy candidates. The event seeks nonprofits who demonstrate “the joyful giving of oneself to transform other people’s lives.”
The competition is part of the Fetzer Institute’s broader effort to build awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community. As such, organizers hope submissions will demonstrate the connection between love and action by these groups, and the fostering of forgiveness by the work itself. Entries will be displayed online in a Global Gallery of videos, photos, and other information for the perusal of web visitors and judges.
Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2013, with public voting open from Feb. 14-28. A panel of judges from the Fetzer Institute and its NGO Advisory Council will select the winners of the $25,000 awards to be announced in March 2013. A third prize of $5,000 will go to the entry that receives the most love from the online voting process.
“I think they can help us round out our understanding of love and forgiveness in ways that we could not dream in a million years,” added Fetzer CEO Lawrence E. Sullivan.
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Non-Govermmental Organizations.
On April 5, 2013, organizers announced the three award recipients:
Winner of the $25,000 award for a US-based nonprofit organization:
Insight-Out — a restorative justice program that fosters love and forgiveness by guiding prisoners through a healing journey for themselves and for victims of crime.
Winner of the $25,000 award for an NGO based outside the United States:
Parents Circle Families Forum — an organization of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones in the conflict. They work together to transform their pain into a catalyst for reconciliation and a peaceful political solution.