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Clinton OBrien 4 min read

Care2 Impact Prize Awarded to Jamie Biggar of Canadian organization Leadnow

Clint O'Brien, Care2Major congratulations to Jamie Biggar of Leadnow (www.leadnow.ca) for winning the 2013 Care2 Impact Prize for his outstanding impact on online advocacy and fundraising. 

Biggar, who founded and leads Leadnow, garnered the most votes from the NTEN community, from among a formidable pool of finalists. The other nominees were: Debra Rosen for her work at the anti-slavery organization Walk Free; Shumway Marshall for his work at the LGBT rights organizations Courage Campaign and American Foundation for Equal Rights; James Rucker for co-founding and leading the Color of Change online community and movement-building agency Citizen Engagement Lab; and the jointly-nominated Scott Harrison and Paull Young, who are founder/CEO and Digital Director, respectively, of the nonprofit organization charity: water. More than 1,000 people took part in the voting over the past 10 days.

This was the third annual Care2 Impact Prize, created by Care2 to honor outstanding leaders in the nonprofit sector. Biggar receives a cash award of $1,000, and Care2 will donate an additional $1,000 to his favorite charity. 

In nominating Jamie Biggar for the prize, a distinguished panel of nonprofit sector judges said:

"Jamie Biggar is founder and executive director of Leadnow (www.leadnow.ca), the Canadian cross-issue advocacy organization built on the MoveOn / 38 Degrees / Avaaz organizing model. Under Biggar’s leadership, the 2-year-old organization has already grown to 220,000 members, and has built a record of influencing Canadian politics and legislative change. Biggar has provided vision, rallied many partner organizations, and injected creative strategic direction. Leadnow is currently organizing to encourage cooperation between Canada's progressive political parties to achieve success in the next federal elections. Leadnow combines online and face-to-face organizing. It launched with distributed house-parties to set its direction, and it has organized one of the largest distributed protests in Canadian history to protest dangerous pipeline proposals. From radio ads to funding legal injunctions, Leadnow has also used online fundraising for a wide range of tactics. Biggar’s background is in the youth climate movement and large-scale online and offline collaboration to develop policy and campaigns."

Care2 Vice President of Nonprofit Services Clint O'Brien announced that Biggar had won the prize on Saturday (April 13th) during the awards luncheon at the annual NTEN (NTC) conference in Minneapolis. 

Below is a brief video shown at the awards luncheon. Following the showing of the video, Biggar's friend Jon Stahl (of ActionSprout) accepted the prize on Biggar's behalf.