Good Works Under 40 is an annual awards program, co-presented by The Dallas Morning News.

The award is designed to honor the most committed, skilled and passionate volunteers under the age of 40 who are truly making a difference in the lives of North Texans.

Each year, a steering committee of young civic and business leaders review nominations and select five outstanding finalists. The overall winner is awarded a grant to his or her charity. The four remaining finalists receive a donation to the charity of their choice. Meet this year's advisory committee.


 Learn more about the 2018 nominees.

 Nominations for the 2019 Good Works Under 40 Award open in June 2019. Check back for details.

Support the Award

In addition to nominating eligible individuals to receive the award, The Dallas Foundation invites sponsorships and contributions to the pool of prize money. All donations to the Good Works Under 40 fund will be given to the finalists in the form of a grant to their nonprofit of choice. Donations from individuals, businesses and transfers from existing donor advised funds are all welcome! Donate now or learn more about sponsorship levels here

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Meet the 2018 Good Works Under 40 Winner

Adan Gonzalez  was honored with the 2018 Good Works Under 40 Award for his work with Puede Network, a youth education and leadership development program that provides comprehensive college access services, volunteer opportunities, and mentorship to underprivileged students in inner city public schools. His dedication to empowering students is inspired Gonzalez's own system of mentors and supporters who helped him break the cycle of poverty.  "This what Puede Network is about: believing in each other, believing in community and believing in our future," said Gonzalez. Read more