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Introducing The Nonprofit Selfie Finalists

By The NonProfit Times - January 17, 2014

After much deliberation (and some heated arguments) we have picked the five finalists for our Nonprofit Selfie Contest. These five photos are the ones that we felt best represented the mission of each employee’s organization. Now, it’s up to you to decide which contestant will win the grand prize: A $100 AmEx Gift Card.

While only one organization will take home that prize, all five of the contestants will be featured in an upcoming article highlighting Nonprofit Selfies in The NonProfit Times. Voting will last until January 24th at 12 p.m. EST, at which point the winner will be announced. You can cast your vote by clicking here.

So without further ado, here are the finalists:

Mary Kaye Mackulin, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

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“My name is MaryKaye, and I participate in PurpleStride each year to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  In 2013 I participated in 3 events, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and our largest ever in Washington, D.C., where this photo was taken.  We create hope, raise awareness and support patients in their fight against the #4 cancer killer in America.  I became involved for the love of my life who lost his battle to this disease in 2011.”

Ashley Grabb, Everybody Eats


“Giving a new meaning to ‘getting your hands dirty,’ one social worker at a time!  Tackling food justice and increasing our nation’s homegrown food sources; know your farmer, know your food!”

Monique Presley, Education Connection


“At the Center for 21st Century Skills at EDUCATION CONNECTION we are so passionate about integrating technology into the classroom that as an innovative team of educators we live, EAT and breathe it. We believe that teaching, encouraging and developing creativity and technical expertise in our students provides sustenance for the future of us all.”

Erin Snow, Heifer International

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“This photo features Tony with a toy cow, representing one of the many animals Heifer International gifts to farmers all over the world so that they may increase their income, improve their nutrition and achieve self-sufficiency through sustainable farming techniques. Since Tony wasn’t in the field at the time of this request for a selfie, he provided a creative alternate.”

Kimberly Johnson, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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“The attached picture shows the upbeat and positive attitude of Jillian Goodwin, a 21 year old living with the life-threatening disease, cystic fibrosis.   She chose to spend part of winter break from college in the hospital to get a routine “tune-up” (this is what CF patients call it) so that she can be as healthy as possible when entering the spring semester at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.”


Cast your vote for one of the five photos above and be a part of deciding the winner. Remember, you must submit your vote by 12 p.m. EST on January 24.


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