Women of Worth FAQ

Eligibility

Who is eligible for the Women of Worth Award?

Award nominees must be women, non-binary or gender non-conforming individuals who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be 16 years of age or older at the time of nomination and consent to be nominated. 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 one of their parents or legal guardian, and a parent or other legal guardian must agree to the enforceability of these official rules.
All award nominees will be judged by the following criteria:

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.

Where should a Nominee's volunteer activity have occurred to be eligible for the Award?

The nominee's volunteer activities must have occurred in the United States or the District of Columbia 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 but 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 volunteer service have occurred to be eligible for the Award?

To be eligible, the volunteer activity 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. In addition, one National Women of Worth Honoree will be selected from the ten Honorees by an online vote open to the public.

What awards/prizes do the Women of Worth Honorees receive?

L’Oréal Paris will make a $20,000 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 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.

Additionally, one National Honoree with the most online votes will receive an additional $25,000 donation to their cause. All Honorees will receive national recognition for her cause and volunteer efforts.

How will individuals be notified that they are a 2021 Women of Worth Honoree?

The ten (10) Finalists will be notified by telephone and/or mail on or about July 9, 2021.

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 December 1, 2021, to be considered a “Honoree,” as well as to be considered for the National Women of Worth Honoree. An alternate Finalist may be selected, if notification letter is returned as undeliverable, 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 essays 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.

How can I obtain a list of the 2021 Award Honorees?

For a list of Honorees (available after December 16, 2021), send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Women of Worth Award Honorees c/o Points of Light Foundation, 600 Means Street, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30318 for receipt no later than June, 16, 2022.

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Criteria

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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Nomination

What is the nomination deadline for the 2021 Honorees?

The 2021 Women of Worth Call for Nominations closes on April 30, 2021.

How do I nominate a Woman of Worth?

To enter online, visit www.womenofworth.com, complete the nomination form, and follow the online instructions to submit your nomination.

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.

Can I submit additional materials, such as press clippings, video, or other materials in support of my nomination?

If you wish to include supporting documents with your online nomination form, you will be prompted to upload them during step 3 of your online nomination submission process.

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. The form will show completed steps in gray and incomplete steps in white. You can log into your account anytime and see the color-coded complete/incomplete steps of any nominations you created.

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References

Do I need references for the Women of Worth Award Program?

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.

The general public, through Public Voting, will select the National Women of Worth Honoree by voting for their favorite honoree’s story.

What are the judging phases?

Judging will take place in two phases. During the final phase, the esteemed panel of judges will select ten Women of Worth Honorees from among the finalists.

What is the voting phase?

The general public will be given an opportunity to vote for one of the ten nominees to become the National Women of Worth Honoree.

When and where will the Women of Worth National Honoree be announced?

The National Women of Worth Honoree will be announced on or about December 1, 2021.

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Miscellaneous

What is the 2021 Women of Worth Award Program schedule?

Nomination Submission Period: February 28 - April 30, 2021
National Honoree Online Voting: on or about November 1 – November 30, 2021
National Honoree Announced: on or about December 1, 2021

 

Who were the 2020 Women of Worth Honorees?

Visit the Women of Worth Yearbook for the complete list of Women of Worth alumnae.

How can I get involved in helping my community?

You can also find information on local service 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, 600 Means Street, Suite 210 Atlanta, GA 30318.

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