About iVolunteer Awards
iVolunteer is a social enterprise that promotes volunteering with the mission to bring volunteers and organizations together to share time, skills, and passion to promote India’s social development.
We have been catalysing volunteering since the past 22 years. With several programmes built on a single ethos: volunteering can change the world, in fact it already is.
Every story you hear of a beach clean up drive by individuals in their community, or a single person planting trees to reforest a vast expanse of barren land is a story of volunteers committed to making change.
The iVolunteer Awards was born in 2012, with a mission celebrate these heroes and recognise their contribution. Not only because they deserve recognition, which they do, but because one volunteer story has the potential to inspire a thousand others. The youth of today are the future of tomorrow and the iVolunteer Awards aims to create a cadre of role models for young people to look up to.
iVolunteer Awards’s flagship category, awarded to individuals whose exemplary contribution of time and skills for community development inspires others to volunteer.Learn More
A special category awarded to young individuals under age 23 for their passion and commitment to volunteeringLearn More
Leader in Volunteer Engagement
Awarded to NGOs that harness the vast potential of volunteers to achieve their missionLearn More
Special segment: Changefluencers
iVolunteer in partnership with YuWaah (Generation Unlimited India) at UNICEF brings to you the Changefluencers: A special segment where young changemakers from across India can apply for volunteering support for an influencer in the public space. Stay tuned to know more and apply.
Objectives & Legacy
The iVolunteer Awards endeavour to
- Inspire by example: Through stories of common people with inspiring stories of nation-building
- Identify path-breaking benchmarks of volunteering practices & models across India
- Urge Indians to volunteer
The iVolunteer Awards, aiming to popularise volunteering and leadership in India, actively engaged over 600,000 people with an outreach of more than four million people in the year 2017. The previous editions of the awards have been supported by leading media organisations such as Hindustan Times, Zee TV, NDTV, Your Story, The Logical Indian and Good Deeds Day International, that believe in the power of volunteering and want to be associated with a growing movement that leverages the power of people, professional service and other organisations for transformative community impact. In the previous years, eminent personalities like Ms. Nandita Das, Mr. Abhishek Bachchan, Shri. Vinod Tawde, Mrs. Shikha Sharma, Mrs. Rajshree Birla and Ms. Hannah Wojno have joined us in awarding the volunteering heroes.
“How we engage with the world around us, connect with people and make meaning of our lives shifted dramatically during the pandemic. It stirred within many the desire to step up and do something to support the crisis that affected us all. Today, iVolunteer Awards sheds light on the new face of volunteering: youthful, digital, community driven, all brought together by a common ethos: we're human because we care.”
Shalabh Sahai, Co-Founder & Director, iVolunteer
“I believe that the lesson iVolunteer Awards has shared with us is how do we celebrate volunteerism, and it is not just awarding and rewarding people but actually to motivate them so the spirit does not die.”
Dr. Meena Galliara, Director, Jasani Center for Sustainability Management & Social Entrepreneurship
“What used to be a trickle, today is a flood. People come in with the most amazingly diverse offers of what they do, what they want to do, we are truly blessed as an organisation by what they add to our work. Volunteers truly are for organisation like us I believe, multipliers”
Pooja Marwah, Cry
“iVolunteer Awards is a great initiative which recognises the volunteer across categories, right from an individual level to a Corporate to an NGO. It is very important to have awards like this because it inspires others people, it celebrates goodness, it celebrates as to how individuals, Corporates and NGOs can contribute to society”
Prerna Langa, Yes Foundation
“Every cause is worth fighting and volunteering for. I believe actions speak louder than words and till the time each human being does his duty and volunteers in his own capacity, we can go a long way”
Abhishek Bachchan, Actor
“People are an important part of the Company. Volunteering makes a lot of difference to the employees and it makes a lot of difference to the organisation too”
Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO Axis Bank
iVolunteer Awards 2022 Winners
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 as well as volunteers in India. The Awards recognise the contribution of volunteers and organisations who engage them creating an environment that encourages more people to volunteer.
Volunteer Hero — This Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed to and impacted social development through their voluntary work; thus inspiring more people to volunteer.
Youth Champion — This award recognises young individuals under the age of 23 for their inspiring display of passion and commitment to volunteering.
Leader in Volunteer Engagement —This Award recognizes organisations that engage volunteers strategically, using policies and procedures that are innovative; to advance the organisation’s goals.
Leader in Employee Volunteering —This Award recognises companies with the finest employee volunteering practices that encourage volunteering.
Volunteer Hero : In recognition of his/her contribution to community development, the Volunteer Hero will receive a certificate and a trophy. The Volunteer Hero will also be mentioned on press releases, awards website and other media and related forums.
Youth Champion : In recognition of his/her contribution to community development and inspiring others through their passion and commitment, the Youth Champion will receive a trophy and a certificate. The Youth Champion will also be mentioned on press releases, awards website and other media and related forums
Leader in Volunteer Engagement : In recognition of their efforts to strategically involve volunteers in community development, the Leader in Volunteer Engagement will receive a trophy, a certificate. The Leader in Volunteer Engagement will also be mentioned on press releases, awards website and other media and related forums.
Leader in Employee Volunteering : In recognition of their contribution in setting high standards for promoting employee volunteering the Leader in Employee Volunteering will receive a trophy and a certificate. The Leader in Employee Volunteering will also be mentioned on press releases, awards website and other media and related forums.
To apply to the iVolunteer Awards: Click on the ‘Learn More’ tab under any of the categories on the homepage and subsequently the ‘Submit Application’ tab on any of the respective category pages. You can also find these linked below Fill in the online application form latest by 30th November, 2023. In case you have any difficulties in completing the form, write to us at : awards@iVolunteer.in
Yes, apart from the Volunteer Hero and Leader in Volunteer Engagement, all volunteers and organisations are invited to apply to the iVolunteer Awards.
The awards are open to Indian residents from anywhere in India.
The finalists for the categories Volunteer Hero 2022, Youth Champion 2022, Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2022 and Leader in Employee Volunteering 2022 were announced on the official website as well as the official social media pages. Winners in all the aforementioned categories were announced and the awards were handed over during the iVolunteer Awards Ceremony on 17th December 2022, at the Lalit in Bangalore The title of Volunteer Hero 2022 was awarded to Antara Sarkar The title of Youth Champion 2022 was awarded to Indraneel Acharya The title of Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2022 was awarded to Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI) The title of Leader in Employee Volunteering 2022 was awarded to CGI
For the Youth Champion category, 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. If your entry is selected, then your volunteering experience as an individual or volunteer engagement experience as an organisation will be updated on the iVolunteer Awards website. The applicant profiles that receive the highest number of votes as well as profiles shortlisted by a Panel of Experts will qualify as finalists and be presented to a national jury. The National Jury will then select the Volunteer Hero, Youth Champion, and the Leader in Volunteer Engagement, whose names will be announced 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. Company applications shortlisted by a Panel of Experts will be presented to the national jury. The National Jury will then select the winner in the Leader in Employee Volunteering category whose name will be announced at the iVolunteer Awards ceremony.