2018 #MyGivingStory Contest - Contest is closed!

Find the winners of the 2018 MyGivingStory Contest here.

Every Act of Giving Has a Story. What’s Yours?

Share your story and you could win a grant of up to $10,000 for your favorite nonprofit organization!

#MyGivingStory is an annual campaign and social media storytelling contest held each November in conjunction with #GivingTuesday that fosters a public conversation about generosity and encourages more people to give.

Individuals submit an essay or video responding to the prompt, “Every act of giving has a story. What’s yours?” Entrants are encouraged to share their stories—which are displayed in gallery format on a customized website—via social media. 

The public is invited to engage with these stories by voting for those they find most compelling. A panel of judges reviews the top 20 stories and determines the winners, who are announced on #GivingTuesday’s social media feeds and website.

The winning storytellers’ chosen nonprofit organizations receive grants up to $10,000. Additional prizes and daily sweepstakes offer more chances to win. 

#MyGivingStory is a great way to call attention to a cause that is near and dear to your heart. Last November alone, the contest garnered more than 2.5 million views! 

Participating in #MyGivingStory is as easy as 1-2-3…

  1. Tell us why you give! Submit a 150-1200 word essay (with a photo if possible) or a video (no more than 5 minutes) between November 1st and November 30th. 
  2. Tell us which nonprofit organization will receive a grant up to $10,000 if you win. (Make sure to tell the organization as well so that they can help you get votes.)
  3. Share your story via social media and encourage anyone and everyone you know to vote as often as possible (ideally once a day) throughout the contest period.

Learn more about #MyGivingStory and submit your entry.

Some additional tips and requirements:

  • Download our toolkit and check out the FAQ for tips on crafting and sharing your story.
  • Check out previous winners to help you get inspired.
  • #MyGivingStory is open to legal residents of the U.S., who are age 13 and older.
  • Written entries must be between 150 and 1,200 words and should ideally include a photo.
  • Videos must be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes in length and under 100 MB in one of the following formats: AVI, MOV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, and 3G2.
  • All entries must be original, unpublished works.
  • Only one entry per entrant.

Las participaciones para #MyGiving Story pueden escribirse en español o inglés! Para encontrar la información en español, pulse aquí y use el menú de opciones en la esquina superior derecha.

Prizes range from tote bags to a $10,000 grant for your chosen nonprofit organization

The 20 stories garnering the most votes will be forwarded to our judging panel, who will select the winners.

  • First Place: $10,000 for your chosen nonprofit organization
  • Second Place: $5,000 for your chosen nonprofit organization
  • Third Place: $2,500 for your chosen nonprofit organization

Other prizes include:

  • Yo Dono Porque: $2,500 for your chosen nonprofit organization to 2 outstanding Spanish-language stories
  • Honorable Mention: $1,000 for your chosen nonprofit organization to 3 outstanding storytellers
  • Most Nominated: $2,000 to the 5 nonprofit organizations that receive the most nominations from story submitters
  • Sweepstakes: $500 to your chosen nonprofit organization for two stories chosen at random each week
  • Swag Giveaways: Each day in November, we'll choose a story at random and send you a custom #GivingTuesday gift

Reminder - video submissions are also accepted! Get inspired by this #MyGivingStory video submission and share your story today!