DALLAS (July 10, 2017) – Nominations for The Dallas Foundation’s Good Works Under 40 Award (GWU40) are now open. The Dallas Foundation is searching to discover the most committed, skilled, and passionate volunteers in North Texas under the age of 40. This is the eighth year of the program, which is co-presented by The Dallas Morning News. The grand-prize winner will receive a donation to his or her charity of choice, and the next four finalists will receive grant checks for their respective organizations.
This year, a new award will be included in the selection process, the People’s Choice Award. The award will be given to a recipient determined by a public vote, giving the community a chance to honor one of the five finalists. The winner of this award will also receive a donation to the charity of his or her choice.
Last year Katie Schlieve, co-founder of One Wing Foundation, was chosen from 55 nominees as the winner of the GWU40 award. She has worked tirelessly to provide resources for the medical, physical and grief recovery of parents who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or an infant. Schlieve continued to further her work this past year with her prize of $10,000 for One Wing Foundation.
“Dallas is a very giving city, and we have a multitude of engaged, passionate volunteers serving on the frontline of our community,” said Mary Jalonick, president and CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “Good Works Under 40 was designed to honor those young heroes who are improving our future and inspire all of us to make a difference.”
Candidates must be no older than 39 years of age, and they must not receive compensation for their charitable work in the community.
Candidates can be nominated by board members or staff at the organizations where they volunteer or by their peers. Candidates may also nominate themselves. The deadline for applications is August 14, 2017. The winner will be announced at a reception on November 8, 2017.
Applications will be reviewed by the 2017 Good Works Under 40 Committee, chaired by Meg Boyd. The committee, along with past finalists and winners, will kick off this nomination season with a service project at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
“It is always such a joy to be part of the Good Works Under 40 process,” said Boyd. “The caliber of nominees just gets better and better each year. These young professionals are truly transforming lives in our community. We’re looking forward to reviewing this year’s round of applicants.”
Award guidelines and the application form are available here. For more information, please contact Mackenzie Causey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-741-9898.