The 2nd Annual Anthem Awards | Finalists Announced January 2023


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Anthem Awards Finalist Press Announcement


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Finalists Include:

Nat Geo’s Earth Day 2021; Monica Lewinsky The Epidemic; The New York Times: 1619 Project; Mark Ruffalo’s The Solutions Project; Airbnb Commits To Provide Free Housing To 20,000 Afghan Refugees; Kamala Harris Glass Ceiling Breaker; Patagonia’s Flagship Experience; Nasa’s Global Climate Change: Vital Signs Of The Planet; Bubba Wallace Progress Owes No Apology; NFL Lift Every Voice and Sing With Alicia Keys & Anthony Mackie; Reshma Saujani Marshal Plan For Moms; Participant Media’s Judas and The Black Messiah; Sesame Workshop Coming Together; Netflix’s We The People 


Judged by social impact leaders including: 

Daniel Dae Kim, Ashley Judd, Marc Ecko, and Glaad CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. 


NEW YORK January 25, 2022 — The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) today announced the finalists for the inaugural Anthem Awards. Presented by The Webby Awards, the Anthem Awards celebrate the purpose and mission-driven work of individuals, companies, and organizations worldwide. Notable finalists include: The New York Times The 1619 Project, Innocence Project, NAACP, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, AirBnB, NFL Lift Every Voice and Sing With Alicia Keys & Anthony Mackie, Reshma Saujani Marshal Plan For Moms, Mark Ruffalo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race “Say Love” PSA w/ The Trevor Project, The Solutions Project, Color of Change, National Geographic, The American Red Cross, Daymond John’s Black Entrepreneurs Day, Lava for Good Podcasts, Revolt, Guy Fieri’s Restaurant Reboot, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, Global Citizen and Sesame Workshop.


Anthem finalists represent best in class social impact programs across a standard of excellence including judging criteria on concept, execution, inclusivity, engagement and impact, submitted to the Anthem Awards across the causes honored which include;  Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Education, Art, & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology;  and Sustainability, Environment, & Climate. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, Feb 15, 2022.


“We are so proud of what we are building at The Anthem Awards and are humbled by the positive response and extraordinary support from global brands and national organizations to artists, creators and local individuals making an impact in their community,” said Jessica Lauretti, Managing Director, The Anthem Awards. “It’s been incredibly inspiring to see so many interesting and innovative projects from around the world.  It is our distinct honor to showcase and highlight this work and recognize its impact across industry and issue areas.”    


Anthem Finalists are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Members include Daniel Dae Kim (actor, producer and activist);  Ashley Judd (Author, Actor, and Social Justice Humanitarian); Mitchell Baker (CEO and chairwoman, Mozilla); Lisa Sherman (president and CEO, Ad Council), Sarah Kate Ellis (president and CEO, GLAAD); Renata Erlikhman (chief investment officer, OW Management); Shayla Tait (director of philanthropy, The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation); Russlynn Ali (CEO and co-founder, XQ Institute); Marc Ecko (chief commercial officer and board member, XQ Institute); Heidi Arthur (chief campaign development officer, Ad Council); and Alexis M. Herman (chair and chief executive officer, New Ventures, and former U.S. secretary of labor). 


Winners for the inaugural Anthem Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 and celebrated at the first annual Anthem Voices virtual conference as well as at a star-studded virtual Awards Show on Monday, February 28, 2022.  Fans will be able to watch the virtual show on-demand featuring special moments, and hallmark Speeches from all the Winners at


The Anthem Awards were launched in response to the prevalence social good has taken within the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist in recent years. The inaugural competition received nearly 2,500 entries from 36 countries worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. A portion of program revenue will fund a new grant program supporting emerging individuals and organizations working to advance the causes recognized in the inaugural Anthem Awards. 




About The Anthem Awards:

The Anthem Awards, the Webby Awards newest initiative, was developed to recognize the breadth of social good work (online and offline) around the globe by honoring the organizations, brands, and people creating long-lasting impact; including, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Education, Art, & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology;  and Sustainability, Environment, & Climate. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities.Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF and XQ.


About The Webby Awards:

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include Verizon, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG,  Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, and AIGA. 


Find The Anthem Awards Online:




Instagram: @anthemawards

LinkedIn: The Anthem Awards



For a selection of finalists, see below:


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


  • Black History, Continued: A New York Times Virtual Event Series (The New York Times)
  • Give A Little (Discovery, Inc)
  • Football is for Everyone (72andSunny)
  • Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Coverage | (AARP)
  • Shoaib Parliament (Al Jazeera Digital)
  • Pride History (Amazon Music)
  • Hustle & Motivate: A Williams Brothers Story (AMC Networks)
  • 50:50 The Equality Project (BBC)
  • PRIDE 3-6-5 (Complex Networks)
  • Forbes’ Commitment to Creating a More Equitable Future (Forbes)
  • A Space to Belong (Google)
  • #Carewithpride (Media.Monks)
  • Growing Up Black (ViacomCBS)
  • Daymond John’s Black Entrepreneurs Day (Medium Rare)
  • Visions of Us: Groundbreaking Moments in Queer Latine Representation (Netflix)
  • “See Us” (HBO Max)
  • We Are CNN (CNN)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Freedom Journeys (Warner Media)
  • PayPal’s $535M Commitment to Racial Equity and Social Justice (PayPal)
  • PayPal Uses the Power of Storytelling to Support Black-Owned Businesses (PayPal)
  • The State of Black Entrepreneurship (Forbes)
  • Black People Like… (Freeform)
  • Progress Is Pride Campaign (Freeform)
  • UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery (Office/Bureau)
  • This One’s For The People (OLIVER Agency)


Education, Arts and Culture


  • Pedestal Project (BBDO New York)
  • Storytelling For Impact (National Geographic Society)
  • QuickBooks x Compton Girls Club: Business G.IRL Incubator (TBWA\Chiat\Day LA)
  • All Music Is Black Music (SXM / Pandora)
  • Kiddi World (Media.Monks)
  • Fingerspelling with Machine Learning (HelloMonday)
  • KPMG Virtual Field Trips with Laurie Hernandez and Friends (CAA)
  • Nike x Puerto Rican Day Parade (Ghost Note Agency)
  • Becoming You Personal Best: Life Lessons from Olympians & Paralympians (United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum)
  • Together for Play: LEGO Foundation (Purpose)
  • The #MotownABCs (Inside Projects)
  • Pampers & Snapchat AR Storybook Library (Snap, Inc)
  • POPSUGAR’s Girl Talk: Knowledge is Our Superpower (POPSUGAR)
  • Scholastic Bookshelf (Scholastic)



  • Plan Your Vaccine (NBC News & MSNBC)
  • Mental Health Action Day (ViacomCBS)
  • Creating Connections with Veterans through Video (AARP)
  • Teenage Dream (BBDO New York)
  • The PathCheck Foundation Mobile Apps (Dept Agency)
  • The Trial For #ClinicalEquality (FCB Health New York, An IPG Health Company)
  • Forward Rhythm (Google)
  • #Next20: Disability & Race (In The Know)
  • The Public Health on Call Podcast (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
  • Planned Parenthood’s Chat/Text and Chatea/Textea (Planned Parenthood Federation of America)
  • See Now India (Purpose)


Human & Civil Rights

  • Know Their Names (Al Jazeera Digital)
  • Sincerely, Q (National Football League)
  • The New York Times: 1619 (Droga5)
  • Sire – Children in poverty. Let’s talk about thát (Born05) 
  • Vietnam Vet Beaten by Police in Unprovoked Assault at VA Hospital (Institute for Justice)
  • The Uncensored Library (Media.Monks)
  • Unmasked COVID-19 Town Hall Series (NAACP)
  • OWN Your Vote (POPSUGAR)
  • Introducing: The Asian American Foundation (The Asian American Foundation)
  • Forces of Change (WarnerMedia)
  • Building Powerful Human Rights Campaigns with Amnesty International USA (Teal Media)
  • Sandy Hook Promise Katy Perry Teenage Dream (BBDO New York)
  • Planned Parenthood’s Chat/Text and Chatea/Textea  (Planned Parenthood)
  • Out in Front: Queer Youth Changing the World (It Gets Better Project)
  • Progress Is Pride Campaign (Freeform)


Humanitarian Action & Services

  • Commits to Provide Free Housing to 20,000 Afghan Refugees (
  • Champions for Change (CNN)
  • Global Hunger Fundraising Campaign (Action Against Hunger)
  • You Have The Power to Save a Life (American Red Cross)
  • Labor Day On (Droga5)
  • Hilton Effect Foundation (Hilton)
  • Films of Hope: Guillermo del Toro and Neil Gaiman Find Hope in Powerful, Eclectic Films (IMDb)
  • Leadership In Times of Crisis (International Rescue Committee)
  • For the Good of All:Three Partners for Peace Stories (NDPI Foundation)
  • TOMS Evolved Impact Model (TOMS)
  • Refugee Youth Storytellers Celebration (USA for UNHCR)
  • Champions for Change (CNN)
  • charity: water Tiny Heroes Campaign (charity: water)
  • charity: water Water Sensors (charity: water)
  • charity: water 100% Model (charity: water)
  • Guy Fieri’s Restaurant Reboot (Medium Rare)


Responsible Technology

  • Force Multiplier: Where Action Meets Impact (iHeart Media)
  • Call For Code – Activating Global Developers to Solve Society’s Pressing Challenges (IBM)
  • Advancing Race Equity in VR (Tory’s Home Visit) (Accenture)
  • Consumer Reports Digital Lab (Consumer Reports)
  • Project DASH (DoorDash)
  • A CODA Story (Google)
  • Linked Inclusion™ (Linked Inclusion)
  • Emojis of Pride (Ogilvy)
  • Happy Birthday, Twitter (No Fixed Address)
  • EvictionFreeNY (JustFix)


Sustainability, Climate and Environment

  • NASA Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
  • Restor (Google)
  • Greenpeace & Friends – Make Future (Dawn)
  • Chipotle Real Foodprint (Deloitte Digital)
  • Patagonia’s Flagship experience (Dept Agency)
  • Audrey Choi (Morgan Stanley)
  • Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 (National Geographic)
  • The Lion King Protect the Pride Campaign (The Walt Disney Company)
  • We Are One Ocean Global Conservation Campaign (World Surf League)
  • NowThis’ Action Planet: Meeting the Climate Challenge (POPSUGAR)
  • The Honest Company (Mission Driven)

Patagonia – Don’t Buy This Jacket

Patagonia has put social impact at the core of their brand mission and values from the start, and their iconic Don’t Buy This Jacket campaign demonstrates how brands can use their platform to make an impact — or better yet, to help reduce our impact. This 2011 ad ran in the New York Times on Black Friday, making a lasting impression for its bold message addressing the issue of consumerism head on and asking readers to take the Common Threads Initiative pledge to reduce, repair, reuse, recycle, and reimagine a world where we take only what nature can replace.

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Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels Movement

Love Has No Labels is a movement by The Ad Council to promote diversity, equity and inclusion of all people across race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability.

Read our Q&A with Heidi Arthur, the Ad Council’s Chief Campaign Development Officer on the team behind LHNL collaborates with partners to combat implicit bias—from crafting PSAs to driving viewers to take action, to how brands and companies should approach corporate social responsibility with authenticity.

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