Women of Worth FAQ

Who is eligible for the Women of Worth Award?
Nominees must be (1) women, (2) non-binary or (3) gender non-conforming individuals who are legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or U.S. territories (including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and be at least 16 years old at the time of entry (“Nominees”) and must satisfy the other criteria set forth below. Anyone under the age of majority in their state, (eighteen (18) in most states, nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska, and twenty-one (21) in Mississippi) at the time of entry must also have the consent of either one of their parents, or legal guardian. That parent or other legal guardian must agree to the enforceability of these official rules. Nominee's activities, whether volunteer or paid nonprofit, must occur in any of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or U.S. territories (including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and have primarily benefited domestic American needs.

Where should a Nominee's service have occurred to be eligible for the Award?
The nominee's service must have occurred in the United States, the District of Columbia or U.S. territories (including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and have primarily benefited domestic American needs.

Is a Nominee eligible if she is paid for some or all of the "volunteer" activities she is being nominated for?
Volunteer activities of the Nominee may be paid if the organization is nonprofit in nature; however, it cannot include court-ordered community service. Nominees who receive a nominal stipend or salary for their service (such as in connection with a national service program such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps) may also be eligible.

How long must a nominee's service have occurred to be eligible for the Award?
To be eligible, the service should have lasted for at least six uninterrupted months and should be ongoing.

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Awards, Honorees & Prizes
How many Women of Worth Honorees are selected?
There are ten Honorees annually selected from candidates nominated from across the United States, the District of Columbia or U.S. territories (including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

What awards/prizes do the Women of Worth Honorees receive?
L’Oréal Paris will make a $25,000 donation on behalf of each Honoree to a charitable organization of her choice (see official rules).

If Honoree is required to attend television broadcast and/or in-person event, Sponsor shall provide the following for the Honorees, (a) round trip domestic coach airfare to and from major airport nearest Honoree’s city of residence to airport nearest location of award ceremony (if Honoree’s city of residence is within 100 miles of the ceremony location, alternate transportation may be provided); (b) standard hotel accommodations, which is one room double occupancy in city where ceremony will be held (c) Local Transportation and Meal Stipend for honoree of $400. Approximate Retail Value of trip: $2,000 (value of trip may vary depending on Honoree’s place of residence). The Administrator will arrange travel and accommodation for the honoree; bookings made by the Honorees themselves are not authorized and may not be reimbursed. Gratuities and other ground transportation, miscellaneous expenses (internet access and phone calls) and all other costs and expenses not listed as part of the Award are the sole responsibility of the Honorees.

All Honorees will receive national recognition for their cause and volunteer efforts, mentorship from the L’Oréal Paris network and a national platform to tell their stories.

How will individuals be notified that they are the Women of Worth Honoree?
The ten (10) Finalists will be notified by telephone on or about June 30, 2025.

Finalist must provide required forms and must commit to appear in a television broadcast, digital or social media and/or potential special in-person event (location to be determined) on or about November 2025, to be considered a “Honoree.” An alternate Finalist may be selected if potential Finalist cannot be contacted or if Finalist cannot commit to television appearance or in-person event. In the event that a selected Honoree declines to accept, an alternate Honoree may be selected.

What does it mean to be a Women of Worth Honoree?
Each Honoree will be an integral part of the Women of Worth Community.

The Women of Worth Community provides Honorees with a national platform to share information about cherished causes and help spread the spirit of volunteerism across the country.

Depending on the individual availability/interest of each Honoree and what community opportunities arise during the year, Women of Worth will be invited to participate in an array of national conferences on volunteerism; post volunteer/community service tips and best practices on the Women of Worth website, blogs and social media channels; participate in key media events including photo shoots, vignette/commercial shoots and promotional videos; participate as a judge to select future Women of Worth Honorees and more.

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Nominations will be judged by representatives of the Sponsor regarding:

Community Needs, Innovative Solutions and Impact (60%)
This refers to a Nominee's ability to meet a previously unmet community need or concern. Community needs are broadly defined as providing food, shelter or access to health care; providing arts programming or activities; strengthening educational programs; or providing enrichment activities that benefit children.

Impact is defined as an activity's positive effect on the community's social fabric and/or on individuals' or families' well-being. Impact can be measured by evaluating the programs or activities that a Nominee has implemented to determine whether the number of people those programs serve has exponentially increased since the nominee began their work.

Innovation refers to the extent to which a Nominee’s activities reflect an innovative or interesting approach to meeting community needs, as well as to the Nominee’s employment of unique solutions to problems.

Extraordinary and Passion (30%)
This refers to the success of a Nominee's work in epitomizing the statement "Because You’re Worth It" and exemplifying the spirit of the Women of Worth program (honoring exceptional women who make a difference through their volunteer work.) Judges will look at how Nominee's story and/or work inspire others to discover their power to make a difference.

The following criteria are also taken into account (10%)
Geographic location, novelty of cause, growth stage of organization, potential impact to organization if selected and ability to scale.

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Women of Worth Community
What is the Women of Worth Community?
The Women of Worth Community is a group of women who are true to their passion of making their local communities better via volunteerism. Womenofworth.com provides a place for women from across the country to be inspired by the work of our Women of Worth Honorees.

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What is the nomination deadline for the 2025 Honorees?
The 2025 Women of Worth call for nominations closes on March 8, 2025.

How do I nominate a Woman of Worth?
Please visit www.womenofworth.com to complete the nomination form.

Can I nominate myself for the Women of Worth Award?
Yes, self-nominations are permissible and encouraged.

Can an organization nominate an individual for the Women of Worth Award?
Yes, however, the organization must identify an individual at the organization to serve as a contact for verification purposes.

Can an organization or group be nominated for the Women of Worth Award?
The Women of Worth Award can be given only to an individual - NOT an organization. You can nominate an individual for her work done on behalf of an organization or as part of a group, but you cannot nominate the organization or group for an award.

Do I need to submit a photograph with my nomination form?
No, nomination submissions do not need to include a photograph of the nominee.

What can I do if I accidentally submit an incomplete nomination, or want to add new information to a nomination already submitted?
You can begin an application and save it to complete at a later time; however, once you have submitted your entry and received a confirmation number, you will not be able to modify it or submit additional information.

What can I do if I cannot remember the password and/or username that I selected during the registration process?
If you've forgotten your username and/or password, click the “FORGOT PASSWORD?” link located on the nomination form login page. Your password information will immediately be sent to the email address you submitted.

How will I know that my Women of Worth nomination was submitted successfully?
To complete the nomination process you will need to complete the nomination form at www.womenofworth.com. Once successfully submitted, you will receive an email verification of your submission. 

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Do I need references for the Women of Worth Award?
Finalists will be contacted for references at the appropriate time.

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Judging & Online Sharing
Who are the judges for the Women of Worth Award?
The Women of Worth judges are a diverse group of men & women who exemplify the same admirable qualities that our nominees possess - a dedication to being true to themselves, a devotion to community and outstanding achievement in their respective fields. This group will serve as judges on the final judging panel and will select ten Women of Worth Honorees.

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What is the 2025 Women of Worth Award Program schedule?
Nomination Submission Period: March 9, 2024 - March 8, 2025
Honorees Notified: June 2025 (To be confirmed)
Summit: Summer 2025 (To be confirmed)
Celebration: November 2025 (To be confirmed)

Who were the 2023 Women of Worth Honorees?
Visit the Women of Worth Yearbook for the complete list of Women of Worth alumnae at womenofworth.com. 2024 Honorees will be announced in August/September 2025 (date to be confirmed).

How can I get involved in helping my community?
You can find information on local service and volunteer opportunities by visiting Points of Light, the world's leading nonprofit volunteer organization.

Who is the sponsor of the Women of Worth Award?
The Sponsor of the Award program is L’Oréal Paris, 10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001.

Who administers the Women of Worth Award program?
The Award program is administered by Points of Light Foundation d/b/a Points of Light, 101 Marietta Street, Suite 3100, Atlanta, GA 30303.

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