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.


Voting for the 2018 People's Choice Award is now closed.

Check back after November 7, when we will announce this year's winner!

 Learn more about this year's nominees.


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 2017 Good Works Under 40 Winner

Elizabeth Viney, crime-fighting volunteer, wins the 2017 Good Works Under 40 award. A former attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Viney uses her knowledge of the legal system to empower families to restore hope and dignity to the area. In addition to her own service, Viney recruited many other attorneys to volunteer with Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT), together donating nearly 1,200 hours of pro bono legal counsel.  Read more.