Challenge by Echoing Green
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Connect With Your Community Presented by Echoing Green

Deepen relationships with the community you serve

How you would spend $1,000 to build deeper relationships with the community you most want to serve?

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The Specifics

How well do you know the people who will be on the receiving end of the good work you want to do? What are their strengths? What do they like about their community? What would they change? And do they want your help in creating that change? Getting to know the people who will benefit from your work is the first step to effective public service, allowing you to challenge your assumptions and transform altruism into impact.

Would you host a town hall meeting? Conduct a series of interviews? Travel to interact with a community in another region?

Submit an idea for how you would spend $1,000 to better understand and build deeper relationships with members of the community you serve between July 11 and August 8 (noon Pacific Time). Our judges will select which applicants’ ideas pass to the voting round. Then, we’ll open it up to a public vote between August 9 and August 22 (noon Pacific Time). Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the public in selecting the winner of the $1,000 grant.

The winner will also receive a copy of Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose book signed by Lance Armstrong, Doug Ulman, Cheryl Dorsey, and the book’s author, Lara Galinsky.

Connect with this challenge on Twitter at @GOODmkr and @echoinggreen and join the conversation via #workonpurpose.

Work on Purpose is the newest program from Echoing Green, the global nonprofit that has provided more than 500 promising social entrepreneurs working in over forty countries with $31 million in start-up funding, customized support services, and access to our global network of champions.

Submission tips:

  • Include a photo or video that represents your idea. Photos should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format, at least 570 × 345 pixels and no larger than 10MB. To include a video, use a YouTube URL.
  • Write at least 3-5 sentences that explain your idea and how the award will enable you to implement it.
  • If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email at

Rules & Regulations

  • This Challenge is open for submissions from July 11 to August 8 (noon Pacific Time).
  • Only US-based organizations and individuals are eligible apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Submitted projects must be able to be activated with $1,000 within 6 months of receiving the grant. Let us know how you’re going to put this money to work!
  • Projects will be featured on this page and public voting will be open from August 9 to August 22 (noon Pacific Time).
  • The project with the most votes will receive $1,000 to implement their idea.
  • The winner will be featured on Echoing Green’s website upon completion of the project.
  • In order to vote, log in with your GOOD account. If you don’t have a GOOD account, it’s free to join. All you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. You will be emailed a link that you need to click in order to validate your address.
  • Read all the rules.

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by t mc mahon
about 3 years ago | Reply

How many times is each individual allowed to cast their vote? Once total? Once per day?

over 3 years ago | Reply

Each individual can vote once total during the voting period. Email if you have any other questions about voting!

by Anna_Silverman
over 3 years ago | Reply

We are having a great time connecting with the 70 million people diagnosed with epilepsy all over the world. Thanks Echoing Green for this opportunity!
If you haven't already, please vote and leave a comment for Living Well With Epilepsy

by jessicaksmith
over 3 years ago | Reply

When will the voting begin today?

by jdboler
over 3 years ago | Reply

Hi JD, voting begins at noon PT!

by Anna_Silverman
over 3 years ago | Reply

Is the grant for $1,000 or $500?

by theresakennedy
over 3 years ago | Reply

Hi Theresa! The grant is for $1,000. Thanks for your interest in GOOD Maker!

by Anna_Silverman
over 3 years ago | Reply

So? Everyone who votes must make/have a GOOD account? what will GOOD do with that account information?

by elizarides
over 3 years ago | Reply

Hi Eliza, in order to vote, you will need to create a GOOD account. You will be registered to receive The Daily GOOD, but you can unsubscribe at any time. Your account information is secure, and will not be shared. Thanks for your interest in this challenge, and please email us at if you have any questions!

by Anna_Silverman
over 3 years ago | Reply

Hi. I just noticed your response to Washington regarding US vs international opportunities and have a related question. I am and American with a US based company doing work in Kenya. The proposal I am considering would impact a community that I have a long relationship with in Kenya.

Would that qualify for this grant competition? Thanks.

by HelenUSA
over 3 years ago | Reply

Hi Helen! Since you are a US resident and your company is based in the US, you are eligible! The project can be done internationally. Email us at if you have questions!

by moderators
over 3 years ago | Reply

Hi, Helen had a great question. The same thing goes for me. I am also a US resident and the organization I work for is based in the US but my project will be implemented internationally. Awesome.

by moliee92
over 3 years ago | Reply

I respect and honor rule number number 2. But since ECHOING GREEN encourages people to be bold positively, I want to request to participate from Kenya because I'm planing to do what has not been done with 1,000 dollars to help move the wold forward. May I participate?

Kind regards,


by Washington
over 3 years ago | Reply

Hi Washington, thank you for your interest in this challenge! It is restricted to US residents, so unfortunately you are not eligible to participate. However, we hope to offer international opportunities soon! Email us at if you have any questions.

by moderators
over 3 years ago | Reply

$1,000 and Echoing Green’s 'Work on Purpose' book
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Submission Began
Wednesday, July 11

Submission Ended
Wednesday, August 08
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Thursday, August 09

Voting Ended
Wednesday, August 22
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Winner Announced
Thursday, August 23

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