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.

Good Works Under 40

Nominations are now being accepted for the
2018 Good Works Under 40 Award.




To be eligible for nomination, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 22 and not older than 39 as of November 7, 2018.
  • Nominating or affiliated nonprofit organization(s) must serve citizens of, or be based in, Dallas Countyand at least 50 percent of clients served are residents of Dallas County.
  • Must demonstrate service and commitment to the community by volunteering through a nonprofit501(c)(3) organization.
  • Volunteer activities can include, but are not limited to:
  • May be nominated by a nonprofit, colleague, or may self-nominate, on the basis of his or her own work in a nonprofit organization.
  • Nominee may not be an employee of, or compensated in any way by, the nominating or affiliated organization.
  • Individuals may be nominated once per year. Nominees who have not previously won a Good Works Under 40 monetary prize are eligible to be nominated again in 2018.

Click here to download complete details and the
2018 Good Works Under 40 Nomination Form.

Support the Award

In addition to nominating eligible individuals to receive the award, The Dallas Foundation invites 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.

For more information about Good Works Under 40 or how to support the award, please contact

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.