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Meet the 2022 Classy Award Winners

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Social Innovation

The 10 most innovative nonprofits, selected by the Leadership Council.

Games for Change

Games for Change

G4C Student Challenge

The G4C Student Challenge empowers young people to learn and create real-world impact through games and game design.

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Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine

Foster Care Farm and Tiny Home Village

Green Bronx Machine built a self-contained, comprehensive workforce development program complete with a transitional housing community.

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KABOOM!

KABOOM!

Play Everywhere

Play Everywhere helps address playspace inequity by embedding child-centered design in everyday spaces.

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Nuru International

Nuru International

Nuru International

Nuru International builds resilience in rural households and communities by equipping subsistence farmers to farm as a business.

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Sanku Project Healthy Children

Sanku Project Healthy Children

Sanku Project Healthy Children

Sanku Project Healthy Children works to end malnutrition in Africa by sustainably providing rural communities with access to nutritious food.

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Trees for the Future

Trees for the Future

Trees for the Future

Trees for the Future combats climate change, generational poverty and chronic hunger by training farmers in sustainable land use.

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VoteAmerica

VoteAmerica

Open Source Voter Engagement Technology

VoteAmerica aims to increase voter turnout by providing trusted election information and embeddable, open source technology tools.

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Well Aware

Well Aware

Well Aware

Well Aware funds and implements lasting clean water systems to drive development and empower communities in East Africa.

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World Telehealth Initiative

World Telehealth Initiative

World Telehealth Initiative

World Telehealth Initiative is transforming medical access for vulnerable communities worldwide.

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Yamba Malawi

Yamba Malawi

Childhoods & Livelihoods Program

Yamba Malawi works to end extreme childhood poverty in Malawi.

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People's Choice Award

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The nonprofit most deserving of recognition, as voted on by the general public.

America Needs You

America Needs You

The Fellows Program

The Fellows Program helps first-gen college students complete internships, graduate, and secure employment after graduation.

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Adapt & Overcome

NY Sun Works

NY Sun Works

NY Sun Works

NY Sun Works provides robust STEM + sustainability education to K-12th grade students through the lens of urban indoor agriculture.

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Lifetime Achievement

An individual who has achieved excellence over a lifetime of service in the social sector.

Kailee Scales

Kailee Scales

Chief Executive Officer
Pencils of Promise

Kailee began her career as fundraiser and organizer for Barry Ford, a Democratic Congressional candidate in Brooklyn, New York. Kailee’s work, at the intersection of global development and social justice, spans nearly two decades in the U.S. and 14 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and North and South America. Kailee has collaborated with the WHO, UN, global CEOs and heads of state including Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, in developing solutions to the world’s most complex problems.

From 2017 to 2020, Kailee served as the first Managing Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network. In this role, she was responsible for building infrastructure across the global organization. She launched the Arts+Culture platform and created BLM’s WhatMATTERS2020,a civic engagement campaign targeted towards Black Millennial and Gen Z voters at risk of disenfranchisement. She also served as the executive producer of the viral video, Rest in Power Beautiful, which aired less than 48 hours after the murder of George Floyd. It was seen over 10M times on social media, BET, CBS, Times Square and the Staples Center.

In June 2021, she was tapped by Adam Braun to serve as the CEO of Pencils of Promise. Pencils of Promise has built more than 580 schools that currently serve over 110,000 students across Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos.

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