Meet Our Judges
To narrow down the pool of applicants for public voting, we've enlisted the help of some goodness leaders from around the country who share a passion for making a difference and supporting nonprofits in need of funding and volunteers. They'll be choosing 51 finalists – one from each state and the District of Columbia – and looking at criteria including positive impact and use of community volunteers.
Editor and Producer of Care2
Laura Burge is an editor and producer for Care2 Causes, a social action network of more than 19 million members that empowers people to lead a healthy, sustainable lifestyle and support important causes. Burge is constantly searching for ways to make the world a better place, and helps get the word out about relevant news and causes from women's rights and animal welfare to politics and the environment.
For more information, visit http://www.Care2.com.
Founder and President of Cool People Care
Sam Davidson is the President and Co-Founder of Cool People Care, an online resource that helps people live a more caring lifestyle. The website is home to nearly 2,000 articles and ideas for saving the world, and has an active social network geared toward anyone who wants to make a difference. Davidson has helped countless nonprofits connect with Generation Y through workshops and keynote speeches designed to showcase the potential of social media to change the world for the better. He is the author of three books, including New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours
For more information, visit http://www.coolpeoplecare.org/.
President and CEO of Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates, Inc.
Lisa Dietlin is President and CEO of Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates, Inc., assisting nonprofit organizations in developing transformational strategies. She has authored three books focused on philanthropy and is a sought-after guest for many television and radio programs. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post via her blog: Making a Difference: The World of Giving. Dietlin has been active in the development arena since 1982 and has held several seats on nonprofit boards. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
For more information, visit www.lmdietlin.com.
Actor and Creator of IS Foundation
Ian Somerhalder, best known for his roles in the television series Lost and The Vampire Diaries, has become a respected figure in environmental activism. He has testified in front of Congress on behalf of the Global Alliance for Conservation, has built partnerships with major NGOs and speaks at countless international conferences. Somerhalder also created the IS Foundation to educate youth about the power they possess to create sustainable change.
For more information, visit www.isfoundation.com.