CNN Heroes are annual recognitions by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others.
UNV Online Volunteering Award, presented annually, since 2000, to teams of online volunteers for their contributions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the Internet. A jury made up of external experts in volunteerism and development cooperation as well as United Nations Volunteers (UNV) representatives selects the winners. The Award presents an opportunity for both, online volunteers and organizations, to bring their online volunteering experiences and good practices to the attention of a global audience. In the run up to International Volunteer Day (IVD), anyone can vote for their favourite winners on the online volunteering service website. The team that gets the most votes is announced as the public's favourite on 5 December. Stories featured on the website illustrate the impact online volunteers have on the work of development organizations and convey how organizations express their appreciation to their volunteers for successful online collaboration.
The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award is awarded annually by the Governor General of Canada to Canadian individuals or groups who have given extraordinary help or care on a volunteer basis.
The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards program consists of 17 awards in total, 2 at the national level and 15 at the regional level. Since 2010, the awards highlight best practices in community leadership and encourage partnerships across sectors. The goal of the awards is to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities.
The Flare Volunteer Award is sponsored by Flare magazine and is presented annually to six Canadian women 18 and older to honor outstanding volunteer achievements.
The Canadian Business & Community Partnership Awards of the Imagine Canada charity are dedicated to Canadian companies that hold successful partnerships with volunteering organizations.
The European Employee Volunteering Awards, which are co-funded by the European Commission, recognize European companies that hand down skills to volunteers, thus preparing them for later fully paid work.
The Hong Kong Volunteer Award, which are awarded by the Agency for Volunteer Service in Hong Kong, recognize outstanding individual volunteers and group volunteers in serving the community locally and worldwide. Since April 2009, all awardees were invited to join the Hong Kong Volunteer Awardees Society that was established to pool the strength and experience of the Hong Kong Volunteer Award winners, to share ideas and experiences, for widespread of volunteerism to the community.
The Volunteer Movement Award, which are awarded by the Social Welfare Department of the HKSAR government in Hong Kong, recognize committed individual volunteers and group volunteers in serving the community. Each year, gold award, silver award and bronze award are awarded to committed individual or group to encourage volunteerism.
The Caring Magic Scheme, which is launched by the charity Hong Kong Caring Magic Circus, and the scheme awarded its Caring Magic Partners and its nominated Caring Magic Ambassadors in recognizing their committed services in passing on love and care in the community.
iVolunteer Awards is an annual award by iVolunteer, India to honor the contribution of volunteers and organisations who engage them. The Awards have the aim of inspiring more people to volunteer and establishing benchmarks on volunteering practices across India. Awards are given in four categories: Volunteer Hero category - for individuals, Leader in Volunteer Engagement - for organisations, youth champion - individual volunteers between the age group of 18–23, Leader in Employee Volunteering - recognise companies following the best practices to encourage employee volunteering. The award aims to recognise the doers from the NGOs and Corporate and convey the message to others toparticipate in this developmental transformation. The first iVolunteer Awards was held in Mumbai on 8 April 2013.
The annual Volunteer Ireland Awards, established 2007, aim to recognise and celebrate volunteers on a national stage. This all-Ireland awards campaign is held on International Volunteer Day each December 5. President of Ireland Michael Higgins is the patron of the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate someone they know from September each year, choosing from one of ten categories, honoring the different facets of volunteering work.
The Flame of Hope Awards are Cancer Research UK's annual awards recognising the achievements of volunteers who have given their time to help beat cancer sooner.
MV Awards are given by Volunteer Development Scotland to young people completing set numbers of hours of volunteering.
Millennium Volunteers awards are given in Wales to young people completing a set minimum number of hours of volunteering. The scheme is run by the national youth volunteering initiative, GwirVol, funded mainly by the Welsh Government.
Volunteering England, a charity supporting volunteering, organises the Volunteering England's Gold Awards, aims at students in further and higher education. Instances of the awards are given by academic institutions based on Volunteering England guidelines.
Tenovus, a leading cancer charity offering support and advice to those affected by cancer, held their first Volunteer of the Year awards on 7 July 2011 at Cardiff Castle. They honoured the contribution made by volunteers throughout the organisation based on its values.
The Macmillan Volunteer Award recognises volunteers who improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
Manchester University launched a Community Service and Volunteer of the Year Awards scheme in 2010, recognising a student and a staff member addressing "disadvantaged groups or deprived communities".
The Marsh Trust Award is given by the British Museum and "recognises best practice and the innovative ways in which volunteers work in museums and galleries to engage the public with collections."
Castlereagh Borough Council - Mayor's Awards for Volunteering, launched in 2012, recognising the important role that volunteering plays in sustaining and developing communities within the Borough. Awards are issued to Adult Volunteers, Young Volunteers, Creative Arts, Community Relations and Cultural Diversity, Good Citizenship and voluntary groups that support volunteer development.
City University London hosts an annual volunteer awards ceremony. In 2015 there were seven award categories.
The Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence was established in 1993 by the Points of Light Institute. It acknowledges the efforts and merits of businesses for the spread of voluntary work. The organization also created the Points of Light Award for volunteers (individuals or groups) engaged in problem-solving tasks.
The Do Something Awards were set up by the Do Something youth organization, honoring the efforts of young volunteers "to change the world".
The Eagle Scout Award of the Boy Scouts of America, requires, among other challenges to young people under the age of eighteen, the candidate to demonstrate their leadership ability by devising, planning, organizing, and executing a substantial community service project to benefit a cause besides Scouting.
The Gold Award of the Girl Scouts of the USA, recognizing the successful completion of a project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the girl's larger community.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is awarded to young people having organized some outstanding piece of voluntary work. It was created by American writer T. A. Barron, as a memory of his mother.
The Harriet Naylor Distinguished Member Service Award from the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) was presented from 1981 through 2004 to an active AVA member, recognizing that person's activities that have strengthened both the association and the profession of volunteer resources management.
HealthCare Volunteer annually recognizes a volunteer who provided outstanding medical, dental and surgical services to needy patients, and impoverished people worldwide.
Kiwanis International awards its World Service Medal annually to an individual or organization that significantly enhances the quality of life of a noteworthy number of people. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium.
The VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards are given each year by VolunteerMatch, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization, at its annual client conference. The awards recognize companies, brands and CSR program administrators who demonstrate "outstanding innovation, commitment and leadership in corporate community involvement."
Women of Worth, a charitable organization sponsored by L'Oréal dedicated to families in crisis annually honors women who are engaged in voluntary work.
SEC Community Service Team, honors players of various sports in member universities of the Southeastern Conference. The honor goes to players in recognition of their off-the-court/off-the-field volunteering and community service activities. Like an all-conference team or an all-American team, the Community Service Team is a hypothetical team - the members do not actually get together and play a game.
Bart Starr Award, given annually to a National Football League (NFL) player who "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community."
NBA Community Assist Award, recognizes National Basketball Association (NBA) players regarding their community engagement, philanthropic activity and charity work. It is a monthly award, but season and offseason awards have also been given. In some cases multiple awards have been given in the same month.
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since 1975 to a player, coach, or staff member who shows "outstanding service and dedication to the community."
The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal honors members of the military who perform substantial volunteer service to the local community above and beyond the duties required as a member of the United States Armed Forces.