The Council on Foundations is helping to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world’s first community foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, by highlighting stories  that show how community foundations are addressing critical local and regional issues. Through outreach and special initiatives, we hope to provide opportunities that help our members build their capacity and share their impact.
Now we are inviting you to join in and share how your community foundation is building a remarkable future. The Council on Foundations is sponsoring a 100-second Centennial Video contest for community foundations to create and submit videos that spotlight their role in shaping and impacting their communities.
Videos can be used to tell truly impactful stories, but learning how to craft them can be a daunting task. To help you get started, we partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  and The Poynter Institute  to provide a training webinar  and other resources to create high impact videos at low financial and organizational cost.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 community foundations’ video thanks to the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation . The video contest winners will be announced at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations  in Cleveland, October 19-22, 2014.
- First Place - $15,000 grant
- Second Place - $7,500 grant
- Third Place - $2,500 grant
- Is the video exactly 100 seconds long?
- Is the community foundation accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations? (This criteria will not be considered for any community foundation located outside of the United States.)
- Content – Does the video clearly demonstrate the impact of the foundation in the community?
- Memorable/Interesting – How well does the video draw in the viewer and keep their attention? Does it showcase video storytelling techniques learned through the Poynter learning aids?
- Creativity – Is the video original and something we haven’t seen before?
- Production – What is the overall quality of the production (including visual and sound elements)? Does it showcase video editing techniques learned through the Poynter learning aids?
Official Video Contest Rules
Please review the official contest rules  before submitting a video.
The Council will accept online submission of videos from July 21 until September 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm Eastern. For technical questions about submitting videos, please contact Stacey Moore .