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Mar 22, 2011

Many of you probably remember way back to the days of those "email petition" chain letters from well-intentioned friends that used to inundate our inboxes. They never reached their target and they never had any impact.

My mother used to send me those all the time, and it would drive me crazy... so one day we threw together a little service called ThePetitionSite.com to let any individual or nonprofit start a petition, collect all the signatures in one place, and make sure they got delivered to their intended target.

About 3 weeks later, a woman from Alaska named Dorothy Keeler started a petition on the site to protect the wolves in Denali National park. The wolves didn't realize there were park boundaries, so if they wandered outside they'd get shot.  A week later, Dorothy's petition had over 1,000 signatures, so she printed them out and delivered the stack in person to the Alaska Game Bureau - helping to convince them to create a buffer zone around the park to protect the wolves.  At that point we knew we were on to something big – and since then thousands of individuals have created petitions on the site, we’ve worked with over 700 nonprofit organizations, collected over 60 million signatures, resulting in countless victories.

I tell that story to illustrate just how much has changed in the past 12 years.  The world of online advocacy and fundraising has gone from ineffective chain letter petitions to helping elect President Obama, raising millions of dollars through mobile fundraising for Haiti and Japan, and even now bringing down entire governments in the Middle East. It's been an incredible time full of innovation.

To honor those individuals using online tools to advance their causes, we created the Care2 Impact Prize, which I was privileged to be able to present this past weekend at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, D.C.

The prize recognizes someone who has made an outstanding impact on the profession of online advocacy, online fundraising or both. In winnowing down the pool of candidates to just five exceptional finalists, a panel of judges looked for individual contributions that were both measurable and influential, creating ripple effects to benefit the entire nonprofit sector. The nonprofit tech community then voted to determine who should receive the prize, which is a $1,000 cash award and an additional $1,000 donation to their favorite charity.

The five finalists were:

The winner of the 2011 Care2 Impact Prize is Phil Aroneanu, U.S. Campaign Director, 350.org.

Phil helped build 350.org into an international online organization to fight global warming.  The organization helped launch over 7,000 rallies across the globe on 10/10/10 - CNN called it "the largest day of political action in the planet's history."

Congratulations to Phil!

Here's a video we did with Phil shortly after he received the prize:

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Posted: Tuesday March 22, 2011, 4:32 pm
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Mary G. (46)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:02 pm
Congratulations to Phil!

Katherine S. (34)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 9:43 pm
Congrats!! ^^V

Ava A. (11)
Friday March 25, 2011, 11:23 am
Congrats Phil!!!

VinnieSick m. (327)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 7:49 pm
Kudos to Phil and Dorothy who Started a Petition. And Care2 for creating a Petition Site. I made one to help for my friend in Belgium and got tremendous results. Thanks Randy.

Becky S. (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 3:34 pm
Great people doing great things. I must say I am surprised Avaaz (www.avaaz.org/en/) was not on the list of finalists. They are also a great group doing wonderful things.

Kerri W. (12)
Friday June 3, 2011, 9:18 am
Randy, I know this is an inappropriate place to post this, but I have been submitting help requests for a week and have not received any assistance. I have not been able to access my email for a week. I greatly appreciate this site, have been a member for over ten years, and have come to rely on your quality of service. To be without email and with out help assistance for a week is pretty pathetic. Please light a fire under your Help staff.

Just Carole (338)
Monday June 20, 2011, 4:15 pm

It's always good to see people, who selflessly apply themselves to causes of individual tantamount importance (usually expecting nothing more than the self-satisfaction of "doing something worthwhile") be recognized for their dedication.

Congratulations, Phil!


Debbie K. (0)
Tuesday July 5, 2011, 8:18 pm
I agree with Shannon. By posting proven false patitions it tarnishes those that are real. I have cancelled my membership with this site because I can no longer trust these petitions.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 18, 2011, 2:34 am
To Randy, I only just learnt who you are.. Thank you for aetting up our community and helping us help the planet. This site is greater than Facebook Myspace etc, it has true purpose. So thank you! Love and light Meee :D

Past Member (0)
Monday July 18, 2011, 2:34 am
Oh and congrats Phil :)

tasunka m. (338)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:56 pm
It's good to encourage this.
People need to know their work is appreciated.
Thanks Randy..never met a Randy I didn't immediately like.
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