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Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners!

We just couldn’t hold it in any longer.

It’s time to announce our Grand Prize Winners! Not to mention our Student Track Winners and some Honorable Mentions who we just had to recognize for their amazing work.

Make sure to congratulate them in the comments below!!!

Tzedakah Box Category:
Doug Burnett is an art director from Chicago, Il. His “Vending Box” paints a dystopic picture of our current spending and donor habits. As Doug explains in his artist statement, “We buy a soda without batting an eye but, ironically, we turn a blind eye toward a $1 donation.” After inserting a coin, participants choose a beneficiary. A screen on the back side of the box shows a video of that individual and the benefit he or she will receive as a direct result of the donation. 

Out of the Box Category: 
Lily Feinberg is a graphic designer from Atalnta, GA who currently lives in Washington, D.C.. Her large-scale sculpture functions both as a receptacle for tzedakah and as a catalyst for community engagement in local causes and reflection on the act of giving. The structure physically spells out the word “change,” a word that indicates its contents as well as its ultimate function. The dual meaning of this word prompts tzedakah givers to associate more closely the act of physically giving money to the impact it actually can have.

Web/Interactive Category:
Michael Cohn Moreau is a software engineer from Nashville, TN. Michael’s “Discover Needs” tags are QR codes meant for grocery stores. Shoppers scan the codes to learn about issues that are directly connected to the products they’re buying. For example, a shopper purchasing insect repellant can scan the QR code to learn about malaria in the developing world. Then, the shopper can be immediately directed to learning about organizations that are working to fight malaria, and can choose to donate to that organization right then and there, or save the information to learn more later.

Sam Holleran is an artist living in New York. His tzedakah box “acknowledges the sometimes tenuous place that charity holds in our lives. While some money will inevitably fall out of this box the vast majority of the coins will cling together due to their mass. This leaves most of the ‘deposit’ intact for the intended recipient of the giving but it also allows for some monies to slip out. The coins that pass through the cracks are not ‘lost’ but volunteered to those who need help but may be too proud to ask. In some cases these may be the very folks who donated in the first place. Just as a family in need is apt to dip into their own piggy bank this design features a built-in safety valveā€”a way to get money out without breaking the whole.”

Grace Robinson-Leo and Rob Matthews are both graduate students in the Graphic Design Program at Yale University. Their “Charity Plan” uses an online platform for paying your phone bills (something most of us already use) as a way to create a habit and awareness of giving. Mobile phone users choose to pay one cent per minute of these otherwise free calls to charities of their choosing, based on who they are speaking with. For example, a user might choose to donate to a breast cancer charity everytime they talk to their mother. As the designers note, “Talking is our most social interaction. What if it was also socially beneficial? What if the conversations we had about philanthropy were philanthropy?”

Beth F., age 15 from LaGuardia High School in NY
Ari G. age 16 from Gann Academy in MA
Samantha S. age 16 from Great Valley High School in PA

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