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Which is your favorite nominee for the Best Non-Profit Act?

13th May 2015

Change makers, I’m back again with the Hero Awards nominees for the Best Non-Profit Act. If you’ve missed the previous nominees you can find them here.

Remember, the Hero Awards are a ceremony to recognize outstanding service in five areas: Youth, Business, Non-Profit, University, and Up and Coming Peacemaker. The winners will be announced on May 21st so rock the vote today.

The Nominees for Best Non-Profit Acts are…

#1 Music is Medicine
#2 ASANA

And the first nominee is Music is Medicine, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to use music to support critically ill children.

Music is Medicine

Since 2011, Music is Medicine has been pairing celebrity artists with critically ill children so that the artist can create an original song for the child, film a music video for the song with the child, and then release these products to the public to raise funding for cancer research, but more importantly, to raise awareness about the very urgent need to find a cure.

Click here to vote for Music is Medicine

“It has been very wonderful to have a song written for me, I feel very special and loved.” – Samantha

Music is MedicineLearn more about Samantha’s story here and watch the video below.

 

 

Our second nominee is ASANA, with a mission of conserving nature and preserving life.

Asana logoOur planet is now in the midst of the sixth mass extinction of animals and plants, and unlike the natural disasters of the past, the current crisis has almost completely been caused by us – ourselves.  As human beings continue to develop and exploit previously untouched lands, many of our natural ecosystems are becoming endangered.

ASANA map

In Costa Rica, a group of people has come together to create ASANA, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving this problem. They are trying to preserve one of the last remaining wild spaces left in their country, the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor.

This natural ecosystem faces a wide range of threats, including electrical infrastructure, the building of dams, and the construction of highways.

The Tapir, itself, is now facing extinction.

Aren't Tapirs cute?

Aren’t Tapirs cute?

Click here to vote for ASANA

ASANA is addressing this challenge with a broad comprehensive approach. They have prepared a proposal to declare the Savegre River Watershed a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

They are reintroducing the Tapir to the wild and educating local communities about the importance of preserving the natural ecosystem.  They have succeeded in convincing their government to reroute electrical transmission lines.  They are teaching clean water preservation techniques to the residents of 10 different communities in the corridor and have established a trust and a process for certifying important privately owned properties that will form the backbone of the corridor.  ASANA is also saving marine turtles in their nursery- almost 100 nests per year since 2011.

ASANA

Click here to vote for your favorite Non-Profit Act

Voting ends May 21st, 2015

Next up are the nominees for the Best University Acts, till then…

 

Jody Williams Quote

Entrepreneur & do-gooder.

Comments

  • Dawn Engle
    Posted at 5:22 am May 14, 2015
    Dawn Engle
    Reply Author

    Both of these acts are really extraordinary!