It's been a long, revelation-ary road and we're almost there: Only one day to go until the winners of the Revelation to Action competition are announced! The best innovators from our 15 finalists will be awarded prizes totaling $50,000 at our Revelation to Action celebration event tomorrow, July 14. We're going to live-tweet as the announcement is made on @GreenMtnCoffee, so follow the #Revelation2Action hashtag to hear the news as it happens.
Knowing that this competition is almost over, we wanted to show you the kind of impact you've had on our finalists by taking the time to read their entries, get them votes, and share the overall dedication, innovation, and community spirit of each organization. Ashoka's Changemakers wrote a great entry last week with a few "mini-impact stories" from the finalists and they let us repost those stories here for you:
From You are a Changemaker, Hollaback!:
"As a direct result of the Revelation to Action competition, thousands of people have learned about our work and we were featured in two of the largest feminist blogs in the nation:
Feministing and BUST. As a start-up, it can be difficult for funders to be ‘the first.’ Being a finalist has helped us attract two new foundations within the past month. No small feat for this economy."
From Prison Entrepreneurship Education:
"Being selected as a Revelation to Action competition finalist has reaffirmed the support of the greater community for Entrepreneurship 101's mission and services. We have received inquiries about our prisoner entrepreneurship programming from as far away as Pakistan! We also had the opportunity to learn from Bradford K. Smith that we should identify donors with a venture capitalist approach to philanthropy and to find ways to make our nonprofit self-sustaining."
From Transforming Schools and Communities:
"The Revelation to Action Competition was a great way for Peace First to tell our story to a new audience: over 1200 people read about our work on the Changemakers site. The campaign was also a fun opportunity for our current supporters to show their passion for Peace First by voting and sharing the campaign with others via email, Twitter, and Facebook."
From "Still Growing" Senior Community Rooftop Garden:
"Since securing news coverage from all three local broadcast network affiliates and the largest (and only daily) newspaper in Eastern and Northern Maine, people have been stopping in off the street asking to see the garden. Not only have people heard about our organization, they are being challenged to rethink what being 'a senior' means and examine the value our community places upon our elders. Plus, an anonymous donor has come forward with an offer to match dollar for dollar whatever we make directly from garden harvest sales."
From Semester in Sustainable Design/Build:
"We have received dozens of emails from supporters (both people within the Yestermorrow community and people we’ve never met before) who wrote to say how excited they were about the semester program, and wishing us good luck in getting it off the ground. One person wrote to say how much they wished they had been able to participate in a program like ours when they were in college."
From Homelessness Prevention:
"The competition has helped us increase our followers on both Twitter and Facebook and the news about COTS as a finalist was retweeted numerous times by other followers. We also received local press at a time when we typically are not in the news, and the opportunity to be recognized in the national media which is rare for a Vermont nonprofit."
From Red Tomato:
"Red Tomato is in the process of expanding our marketing and logistics connections into NYC. Over the course of the Revelation to Action competition, we've make several new partnerships with orgs and individuals in the area who are using the contest as a way to promote Red Tomato to their networks. This serves the purpose of getting a concise description of our work out to brand new audiences that are directly within a new target population."
From Common Ground Country Fair:
"As more and more conversations, functions (such as e-commerce), and resources have moved online, we have seen new opportunities surface that our present platform doesn't fully embrace. The Revelation to Action competition has helped illuminate some of these opportunities, particularly around our capacity to engage our community with organization updates and news. We are in the midst of organization-wide process to re-evaluate our existing web and digital architecture, and the insights from our Changemakers experience are very timely."
From Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED):
"The competition was a catalyst for us to become more active in social networking. Spreading the word about the voting process helped us to think out of the box for building the network of partners in the farm to school movement. We of course identified potential collaborators on the competition website and look forward to connecting to them in the future!"
From DoubleGreen Credit Builder Loan Program:
"Being a finalist in the Revelation to Action competition has helped Capital Good Fund tell the story of what we do while also connecting us to an amazing community of people and organizations doing incredible work."
From Project Enterprise - Small Loans and Big Connections:
"Many Project Enterprise donors, friends, and members are new to all of the different online applications that exist. We have been trying to galvanize our stakeholders to use online media in different ways and through this competition, they have been educated and empowered to use the internet to express and extend their support. We hope to continue to leverage their use of the internet in the different platforms that Project Enterprise has and will soon begin to implement."
From Jr. Iron Chef VT:
"Because of the Revelation to Action Competition we are rethinking our Jr. Iron Chef Vermont sponsorship initiatives beyond our local community to incorporate national and regional partners."
From Dads United for Parenting (D-UP):
"The Changemakers competition provided a powerful forum to spread the good news of Midtown Community Court's nurturing fatherhood program. As a result of the competition, word of our program has reached distant relatives, friends of friends, and locations which span the globe due to social networking tools. Many friends have mentioned that their relatives and extended network of friends were impressed by the scope of services offered by Dads United for Parenting, and that there should be more programs that provide support for those who often go unrecognized, namely: fathers."
To learn more about the other finalists and entrants in the Revelation to Action competition, visit