Activating Empathy Competition Prizes

We are also thrilled to announce the winners for the five special-focus prizes** totaling over $115,000 sponsored by Mattel, 1440 Foundation, Townsend Press, Donor's Choose, RWJF, and Chemins d'Enfances. Learn more about their innovations to advance empathy in education by viewing their entries listed below. Learn more about the overall competition and guidelines and criteria, or see below for more information about the prizes.

**Special Focus Prize Sponsors are responsible for selecting their own winner(s). Naming of finalists does not guarantee that a winner will be selected.


Overall Prizes ($15,000)

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People's Choice Award Winners:

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  • Two Judge’s Awards: Cash prize of US $5,000 each selected by a panel of expert judges
  • One People’s Choice Award: Cash prize of US $5,000 selected by voting on changemakers.com

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The Mattel Prize for Play ($25,000)

As part of its efforts to create the future of play, Mattel is pleased to offer $25,000 in prizes for ideas that enhance empathy through play. Two prizes of $10,000 and one prize of $5,000 will go to the best eligible entrants.

Since 1978, the Mattel Children's Foundation has played together with thousands of charitable organizations and positively impacted millions of children. Over the years, the Foundation has funded new technologies, after-school activities, literacy projects, and programs to promote the health of children around the world. Since its inception thirty years ago, the Mattel Children's Foundation remains committed to the vision of making a meaningful difference in the lives of children in need around the world.


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1440 Foundation Prize ($10,000)

The 1440 Foundation will award a $10,000 prize for the most innovative idea for leveraging technology and/or social media in education in a way that helps people learn, improve, and share the life skills of self-awareness, authenticity, and empathy. The 1440 Foundation is dedicated to helping cultivate these “authentic relationship skills” which are critical to helping people connect at deeper levels with themselves, each other, and their communities. For more information about the 1440 Foundation, including future awards, please visit 1440.org/challenge/.


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Townsend Press In-Kind Prize - US Only ($30,000 via DonorsChoose.org)

DonorsChoose.org is pleased to offer the Townsend Press Prize for the top five solutions by a U.S. public-school teacher, student, or administrator that advance the mastery of empathy in a way that addresses bullying. One $10,000 prize and four $5,000 prizes will be awarded in the form of DonorsChoose.org charitable credits that can be retrieved on its site. DonorsChoose.org engages the public in U.S. public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity. The prize is made possible by the generous support of Townsend Press, an independent publisher of acclaimed educational materials for students in grade school through college, including a recent publication, “Bullying in Schools.” Click here to learn more about opportunities for educators to receive funding for character education and anti-bullying solutions.


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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prize ($30,000)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is pleased to offer prizes of $10,000 each for the top three U.S.-based solutions that promote social and emotional learning in pre-K through high school classrooms, or across school districts. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, social and emotional learning is a process that teaches students to recognize and manage their emotions, develop care and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively and ethically. RWJF is interested in programs that are integrated throughout the school day and that engage students, teachers, parents and other community members. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and health care of all Americans. This prize is made possible by RWJF’s Vulnerable Populations portfolio, which creates new opportunities for better health by investing in health where it starts -- in our homes, schools and jobs.


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The Chemins d'Enfances Prize ($5,000)

Chemins d’Enfances (Paths of childhood) is pleased to offer one prize of $2,000 and two prizes of $1,500 as a part of the annual Springboards: Let’s Innovate for Children! award. The award will be given to the top three Europe-based solutions that advance empathy within youth at risk and have been implemented for at least one year. Chemins d’Enfances is dedicated to the upliftment of disadvantaged children and the social integration of young people. It promotes the sustainable well-being of children in difficulty by implementing programs based on play, understanding of each other, cultural and artistic activities, together with local association.


Prize Winners:

  • To be announced this autumn

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