Nominations open for Yahoo! Gold Standard Award

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Nominations are now open for The Yahoo! Internet
for Good Gold Standard Award, which recognises excellence in the use of the
Internet in promoting charitable causes and community engagement. 

Now in its second year, the award is conducted in
partnership between Yahoo! and PublicAffairsAsia, the network for senior
professionals involved in public affairs, corporate communications, policy-making
and regulation.

Entries should be lodged by September 27 (or by
October 5 subject to prior notification) and entry packs can be downloaded from

Last year the award was secured by Sonokids
Australia which was honoured in recognition of the All Abilities ePlayground
project which is directed at increasing internet access to young children with

Among the other organisations shortlisted were, which seeks to use the power of social media to revitalise critical
participation in Australian democracy. Also nominated were the People of
Fukushima for their use of social media to extend access to the Fukushima

The Yahoo! Gold Standard “Internet For Good” Award
is open to community groups, employees, charities, consultancies, trade groups,
embassies, government and non-government organizations as well as the general
public who have illustrated excellence in the innovative use of the Internet
for good causes. There is no entry fee to nominate your organisation in this

Commenting, Nick
O’Donnell, Yahoo’s Regional Manager of Public Policy for Asia Pacific, said:
“We are delighted to once again support The Gold Standard
Award. Our Yahoo! For Good initiative encourages all of our employees around
the world to ‘Make Good a Daily Habit’. We are excited to see so many of this
year’s entrants harnessing the power of the Internet to achieve this same


Mark O’Brien, PublicAffairsAsia’s Vice President,
added:  “This exciting category
demonstrates that the internet is more than just a business tool or a source of
personal entertainment.  It can play a
key role in advancing good causes and community engagement and we look forward
again to receiving entries from across the Asia Pacific region.” 

Over the past years, Yahoo! has embraced a number of social causes globally
including Earth Day, Breast Cancer Day and World Aids Day. During the two weeks
following Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan Yahoo! helped raise more than
US$7 million through donate buttons placed across its network.

The Yahoo! Employee Foundation collects donations
from employees (often matched by the company) and awards grants to causes
championed by individual Yahoo! Employees.  An average of $2M per year has
been donated to non-profit organizations over the past four years.

As a trusted Internet destination that attracts more
than half a billion users across the world every month, Yahoo! believes that
the Internet is more than just a medium that brings down communication
barriers; it can also foster positive change.

The 2013 Gold Standard Awards will be judged by a
panel of senior government affairs practitioners, corporate communications
professionals, business leaders and government figures led by Elizabeth
Hernandez, Vice President of Government Affairs for HP.

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