Welcome to the 'Frequently Asked Questions Page' page. We hope to answer all your queries related to the iVolunteer Awards here.


What is the last day to vote?
The Vote stage of the iVolunteer Awards 2013 has ended.
View profiles of volunteers who applied to the Volunteer Hero category here. View profiles of organisations who applied to the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category here.
Can I see the number of votes an entry received?
The total number of votes that an entry received via Facebook are visible below that Volunteer/NGO.s profile. View the entries here. The number of votes an entry received via email is not displayed publicly. We shall not be disclosing the total vote tally of any entry.
How are votes calculated?
The total number of votes that an entry received via Facebook are visible below that Volunteer/NGO.s profile. View the entries here. The number of votes an entry received via email is not displayed publicly. We shall not be disclosing the total vote tally of any entry.

The votes received via email and Facebook have been totalled and based on this tally the top five entries in both the Volunteer Hero and Leader in Volunteer Engagement have progressed to the final 10, in each category.

Read the entire Awards process here.
How are the finalists selected?
For Volunteer Hero and Leader in Volunteer Engagement category:
Five entries shortlisted by a panel of experts and five entries who received the maximum number of votes during the public vote stage of the Awards together make up the finalists for iVolunteer Awards 2013.

For Leader in Employee Volunteering category:
Five entries shortlisted by a panel of experts will be the finalists for iVolunteer Awards 2013. Finalists will be intimated personally and directly by email about the tstus of their candidature.
What are the iVolunteer Awards?

Volunteers are constantly contributing to India's social development. While volunteering continues in the background it is somehow absent from the mainstream national psyche.

Celebrated annually, the iVolunteer Awards aim to change this by celebrating, rewarding and promoting volunteering and volunteers in India. The Awards recognise the contribution of volunteers and organisations who engage them creating an environment that encourages more people to volunteer.

What are the different categories for the Awards?

There are three categories of Awards at the iVolunteer Awards 2013.

What will the iVolunteer Awards 2013 winners receive?

Volunteer Hero 2013: In recognition of his/her contributions to community development, the Volunteer Hero 2013 will receive a trophy, a certificate and a fully paid trip (limited to maximum expenses of Rs 1.5 lakh) to attend the 'Points of Light's Conference' on Volunteering and Service - one of the World's largest conference on volunteer service, being held in Atlanta, USA on June 16-18, 2014. The Volunteer Hero will also be mentioned on press releases, awards website and other media and related forums. More about the conference, here http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/

Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2013: In recognition of their efforts to strategically involve volunteers in community development, the Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2013 will receive a trophy, a certificate and a cash award of 1 lakh rupees. The Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2013 will also be mentioned on press releases, awards website and other media and related forums.

Leader in Employee Volunteering 2013: In recognition of the role played in setting high standards for promoting employee volunteering the Leader in Employee Volunteering 2013 will receive a trophy and a certificate. The Leader in Employee Volunteering 2013 will also be mentioned on press releases, awards website and other media and related forums.

What is the timeline for the iVolunteer Awards 2013?
How does the nomination system work?

If A wants to nominate B, then A fills up a short nomination form online. The iVolunteer awards team will thereafter connect with B. B may then fill up the application form and submit it. Thus, B will join the direct applicants' stream. A reminder email will also be sent from awards team to a ominated individual or organisation. To nominate, click here.

Does a nominee still have to be working with the nominating organisation or organisation with which he or she volunteered?

No, the nominee need not be part of the same or any organisation. Any individual who has volunteered their time and skills through a non-profit organisation for community development, is above 19 years of age and has volunteered in the year 2013 can be nominated.

Click here to nominate a volunteer, NGO, Company

How can I/we fill up the application form?

To apply to the iVolunteer Awards:

  1. Click on the category name that you would like to apply to
  2. Fill in the online application form
  3. Email the completed Application form along with supporting documents to awards@iVolunteer.in before January 20, 2014.

Volunteer Hero 2013

Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2013

Leader in Employee Volunteering 2013

What are the judging criteria for the awards?

Criteria for Volunteer Hero Category:

  • Demonstrated benefit to the community/organisation
  • Evidence of initiative and innovation
  • Commitment of the volunteer
  • Sustainability of the work after the volunteer has left
  • Length of service and number of hours of spent volunteering

Criteria for Leader in Volunteer Engagement Category:

  • Extent of volunteer engagement
  • Organisational support for volunteering
  • Impact of volunteers on organisation's mission
  • Evidence of innovation & role in promoting volunteering

Criteria for Leader in Employee Volunteering Category:

  • Extent of employee engagement
  • Company support for volunteering
  • Program design and impact
  • Evidence of initiative and innovation
How will the winner be chosen?
Can volunteers and organisations who applied for iVolunteer Awards 2012 apply again this year?
Yes, apart from the Volunteer Hero 2012 and Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2012 all volunteers and organisations are invited to apply to the iVolunteer Awards 2013

For the Volunteer Hero category and the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category:

  1. The Awards team will conduct an initial screening of all entries submitted to the iVolunteer Awards 2013.
  2. All screened profiles will be reviewed by a panel of volunteering professionals and also posted on the iVolunteer Awards website. People will cast their votes in favour of applicants that inspire them the most.
  3. The five profiles shortlisted by the panel of experts and the five profiles bagging the maximum number of votes will be the .Finalists for iVolunteer Awards.
  4. The Awards Jury will select the Volunteer Hero 2013 and Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2013 whose names will be declared at the iVolunteer Awards Ceremony

For the Leader in Employee Volunteering Category:

  1. The Awards team will conduct an initial screening of all entries submitted to the iVolunteer Awards 2013.
  2. All screened profiles will be reviewed by a panel of volunteering professionals.
  3. 5 profiles will be shortlisted by the panel of experts forming he .Finalists for iVolunteer Awards.
  4. The Awards Jury will select the Leader in Employee Volunteering 2013 whose anme will be declared at the iVolunteer Awards Ceremony.

What are the geographic regions that apply to the awards?

The awards are open to Indian residents only.

Will the selection process be transparent and unbiased?

Yes, completely. Names and other key details of all applicants will be uploaded on the awards website. At each stage, those eliminated and those progressing further will be informed. The winners' names will, of course, be announced on our online and digital platforms.

Who judges the awards?

For the Volunteer Hero category and the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category:

  • The Awards team will conduct an initial screening of all entries submitted to the iVolunteer Awards 2013.
  • All screened profiles will be reviewed by a panel of volunteering professionals and also posted on the iVolunteer Awards website. People will cast their votes in favour of applicants that inspire them the most. The five profiles shortlisted by the panel of experts and the five profiles bagging the maximum number of votes will be the 'Finalists for iVolunteer Awards'
  • The Awards Jury will select the Volunteer Hero 2013 and Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2013 whose names will be declared at the iVolunteer Awards Ceremony

For the Leader in Employee Volunteering Category:

  • The Awards team will conduct an initial screening of all entries submitted to the iVolunteer Awards 2013.
  • All screened profiles will be reviewed by a panel of volunteering professionals.
  • 5 profiles will be shortlisted by the panel of experts forming he .Finalists for iVolunteer Awards.
  • For the Leader in Employee Volunteering Category:
  • The Awards Jury will select the Leader in Employee Volunteering 2013 whose anme will be declared at the iVolunteer Awards Ceremony.

Who won the iVolunteer Awards 2012?

The finalists for both categories were announced on 8th March 2013. The national winnerânames were announced at the iVolunteer Awards Ceremony, on April 8, 2013.

C. Kartheeban was awarded the title of Volunteer Hero 2012.

Make A Difference was awarded the title of Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2012.

View pictures from Kartheeban visit to Washington here.

Read about Katheeban's experience here.

To read more about the iVolunteer Awards Ceremony Click here

To view pictures from the iVolunteer Awards Ceremony Click here.

What did the iVolunteer Awards 2012 winners receive?

In recognition of his contribution to community development, the Volunteer Hero 2012, C. Kartheeban earned a chance to attend the Points of Light's Conference on Volunteering and Service at Washington D.C. - one of the World.s largest conferences on volunteering and service.

The conference was held from Wednesday June 19, through Saturday, June 22, 2013.

There he attended several workshops, volunteered with fellow participants and was felicitated by Mr. Neil Bush at the Conference. Read more about his experience here. Read more about his experience here:

Read more about this conference, here http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/

Kartheeban, Volunteer Hero 212 also received a certificate and mention on various press releases, website etc.

In recognition for strategically involving volunteers for community development, the A Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2012 received lakh rupees, a certificate and mention on the press releases & site.

Note: To avoid any potential conflict of interest concerns, judges will not be allowed to judge any nominations for people whose work has been for the organisation for which that judge works or with which that judge has a significant association. Judges should also not have any other relationship with nominees which would cause a conflict of interest.