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February 15, 2023 1 minute read



Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote, REI, Rihanna’s The Clara Lionel Foundation, March For Our Lives, Oprah Winfrey Network, Etsy, Human Rights Watch, The Problem with Jon Stewart, Salesforce, Pulitzer Center, Ryan Reynolds, NASA, Dove, ACLU, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Mission: Joy, Chobani, UNICEF among 2nd Annual Anthem Awards winners announced today. 

Gloria Steinem, Billy Porter, the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield, Gabrielle GiffordsOleksandra Matviichuk on behalf of the Center for Civil Liberties and the People of Ukraine, Quannah Chasinghorse, Abigail E. Disney, Founder & CEO of Chobani Hamdi Ulukaya, and Amanda Gorman honored with Special Achievement Awards.


NEW YORK (Feb. 15, 2023) –  The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) today announced the Winners for the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards, which was launched by The Webby Awards in 2021 to recognize social impact work across the globe. Additional winners include change-making nonprofits and foundations like Tracee Ellis Ross, Planned Parenthood, It Gets Better Project, Doctors Without Borders, Sesame Street, The Asian American Foundation, UNHCR, Gates Foundation,, Global Giving, Walton Family Foundation, Caring Across Generations, Alzheimer’s Association, and Movilizatorio; cultural icons including Lil Nas X, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Colbert, Ciara, Last Week Tonight, Killer Mike, Dr, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Selma Blair, the Cast of This is UsMandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Jon Huertas, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and industry and brand leaders like Google, AT&T, Samsung, theSkimm, Morgan Stanley, Sephora, Adobe, CNN, IBM, Bank of America, ITVS, Vaseline, Economist and Participant. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impact work that inspires others to take action in their communities.

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The Anthem Awards are also recognizing a group of individuals for their outstanding dedication to enacting lasting change with Special Achievement Awards. They join the ranks of the past Special Achievement Winners including Naomi Osaka, Megan Rapinoe, Adam McKay, Dr. Jane Goodall and Pharrell Williams.This year’s Special Achievement Winners are:


  • Gloria Steinem – Anthem Lifetime Achievement for her tireless advocacy for equality for women and her leadership of the feminist movement – from the 1960s to the present day. 
  • Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield (Founders of Ben & Jerry’s)  – Anthem Vision Award for their lifelong leadership in socially responsible commerce and corporate activism and to acknowledge the transformative effect their example has had on the world of business.
  • Billy PorterAnthem Beacon Award for his career-long commitment to challenging norms and helping to remove taboos, thereby empowering thousands to feel less marginalized.
  • Gabrielle Giffords – Anthem Advocate Award for her bravery and moral strength in inspiring Americans across the country to fight gun violence.
  • Amanda Gorman – Anthem New Icon Award for empowering women and girls around the world and using the once-in-a-generation gift of her voice to demand change.
  • Oleksandra Matviichuk on behalf of the Center for Civil Liberties and the People of Ukraine – Anthem Movement of the Year for fearlessly demonstrating what it looks like to stand in defiance against Russia’s invasion and the forced relocation of Ukrainian civilians, and for documenting these atrocities so that the world will remember what has happened.
  • Quannah Chasinghorse – Anthem Special Achievement for paving the way for indigenous representation in the fashion industry and advocating for land protection and Native American rights.
  • Abigail E. Disney – Anthem Special Achievement for her decades of work advocating for human rights, as well as her ongoing public critique of her own privilege and status.
  • Hamdi Ulukaya (Founder & CEO Chobani) — Anthem Special Achievement Award for building Chobani from the ground up with social impact at its core, he emphasizes taking care of employees, helping the communities in which the business operates, and being accountable to consumers whilst taking courageous positions on social issues.


“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There’s no time for despair, no place for self pity. No need for silence, no room for fear,” said actor, writer, singer, activist, and Anthem Beacon Award winner, Billy Porter. “We speak, we write, we do language. This is how civilizations heal. Please remember this, and know, be hopeful, because the change has already happened. God bless.”

“Commit to integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into every decision, and we will create a thriving, productive global economy,” said actress and Anthem Award winner Tracee Ellis Ross as she accepted her award.

“My call to action would be to vote,” said Anthem New Icon Award winner, poet and activist Amanda Gorman in her acceptance speech. “The future isn’t just something we hope for, it’s a future we must vote for.”


“I’m beyond thankful and humble to receive this award, I would not be there without my family, my incredible team, and my Native community for supporting me, uplifting me and making my voice heard all across the world,” said Anthem Special Achievement winner, model and activist Quannah Chasinghorse while accepting her award. “Together, with Indigenous knowledge leading us we can create systems grounded in justice and sovereignty for our Mother Earth, future generations, and all beings.”


“Since launching The Anthem Awards in June of 2021, we have seen that social change continues to emerge as a dominant force in mainstream culture.” said Anthem Awards Managing Director Jessica Lauretti.The sheer number, breadth and overall quality of the entries shared with us in the 2nd Annual Awards is a testament to the strength of this growing movement and demonstrates an enduring commitment to the work that is both humbling and inspiring to see. From the war in Ukraine, to protests in Iran and the ongoing battle for equality here at home in the States, the call for change not only perseveres but is a growing global chorus.”


Anthem Winners were selected from nearly 2,000 submissions from 43 countries around the world by IADAS. Anthem judges are intellectually diverse leaders with renown across the impact industry with  expertise that spans across issue areas including;  Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Education, Art, & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology;  and Sustainability, Environment, & Climate.  Members include: Nicholas Thompson, CEO, The Atlantic, Christina Swarns, Executive Director, Innocence Project, Zarna Surti, Global Creative Director, Nike Purpose, Maurice Mitchell, National Director, Working Families Party, Emily Barfoot, Global Brand Director Dove, Unilever, Trovon Williams, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, NAACP, Dinah-Kareen Jean, Senior Manager, Social Innovation, Etsy, Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD, 

The Anthem Awards were launched in 2021 in response to the importance of social good within the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist. They were founded by The Webby Awards in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, GLAAD, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ. A portion of program revenue funds a grant program supporting emerging individuals and organizations working to advance the causes recognized in the inaugural Anthem Awards.

Fans can experience Anthem Call-To-Action Speeches from every winner including Special Achievement honorees at starting today. See the full list and watch at




About The Anthem Awards: Launched in 2021 by The Webby Awards, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies and organizations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. The Anthem Awards honors work across seven core causes: Diversity; Equity & Inclusion; Education; Art & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment & Climate. 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 & Mobile Sites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, dApps & Software; Social; Podcasts; Games and Metaverse, Immersive & Virtual. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 14,000 entries from over 70 countries worldwide. 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, Canva, Omidyar Network, NAACP, KPMG, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Podcast Movement, All Tech Is Human, and AIGA


Find The Anthem Awards Online: 



Twitter: @anthemawards

Instagram: @anthemawards

LinkedIn: The Anthem Awards



For a selection of winners, see below:


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • AARP: Pride Month: Profiles of Pride, Voices of Courage
  • Al Jazeera Digital: Justice for Shireen: The Israeli investigation – Part 1 / Justice for Shireen: The US investigation – Part 2
  • Allison+Partners/The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Launches Mental Health & Suicide Prevention for Black Communities with Soul Shop™ for Black Churches
  • Carrot Fertility: Destigmatizing Menopause in the Workplace
  • Courageous Studios: The Milestone Initiative
  • Curb Free with Cory Lee: Curb Free with Cory Lee
  • IFC – World Bank Group: For Venezuelans in Colombia, Micro-loans Offer a Fresh Start
  • Matter Unlimited/Capital B: Capital B – News We Need
  • Media.Monks/Anne Frank House: The Bookcase for Tolerance
  • Mirrored Media/Mattel: Barbie You Can Be Anything Series
  • MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks: VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race LGBTQ Herstory Month
  • NPR: NPR Music Celebrates Black Music Month
  • Partizan Entertainment: WhatsApp – Naija Odyssey
  • Revery/Black Ambition: Black Ambition: Decode the Encoded
  • Skoll Foundation: COMMON FUTURE | Rodney Foxworth – 2022 Skoll Awardee
  • The Asian American Foundation/Enfranchisement Productions: AAPI Heritage Heroes
  • Tommy Hilfiger BV: Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge
  • Vox Media: Language, Please
  • Weber Shandwick/Ancestry: A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson
  • World Surf League: World Surf League | Surfing is for Everyone


Education, Art & Culture

  • C&G Partners/Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian:Native New York
  • Caring Across Generations: Now Is The Time
  • Center for Black Educator Development: We Need Black Teachers
  • Duolingo: Duolingo Haitian Creole
  • It Gets Better Project: I Always Knew Gender Was Fluid
  • Mighty Engine: UNCF ICB Career Pathways Institute
  • MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks: Duke University x MTV Entertainment Studios “Voting Early is Easier” Research
  • Passion Point Collective: Neutrogena Studios: First Frame Fellowship
  • PayPal: MADE x PayPal
  • Savannah College of Art and Design: Savannah Women of Vision
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:Reframing the Narrative: Blacks in Ballet
  • UNICEF: Digital Labs



  • AARP: The Devastating Cost of Prescription Drug Prices
  • Ad Council: COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence (Ad Council & Sesame Street)
  • AJ+: His Pregnant Wife Lay Dying, Waiting for an Ambulance
  • American Museum of Natural History/NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Get Vaxxed Under the Blue Whale
  • American Psychiatric Association Foundation: SMI Is Not A Crime: CJ Reform and Mental Health
  • AtlanticLIVE: People v. Cancer
  • Black Women’s Health Imperative: Ciara Moves Black Women to Protect their Cervical Health
  • Blue State/Center for Reproductive Rights: The Center for Reproductive Rights – abortion as an essential human right
  • Havas Germany / Havas New York/ Deutsche Parkinson Vereinigung e.V. (German Parkinson Association): Staybl
  • The Be There Certificate: An interactive course to help you safely support someone struggling with their mental health
  • Jay Shetty: On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: The Study that Could Change Everything about Parkinson’s Research: PPMI
  • UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center The Science of Happiness
  • WebMD: State of Mind: Psychedelic Therapy
  • Work & Co:


Human & Civil Rights

  • Active Theory/ESPN: Fifty/50 World
  • Al Jazeera Digital: Inaccessible Cities
  • Brooklyn Public Library: Books Unbanned
  • Constructive: Legal Aid Society
  • Daniel J Edelman Ltd/United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): Bodyright
  • Disability Justice Project: The Disability Justice Project
  • Elkanodata/United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA: Getting to Zero Gender-Based Violence, We Rise
  • Freedom March NYC: Freedom March NYC
  • GlobalGiving: GlobalGiving + Last Week Tonight Collaboration
  • Level Forward: The POTUS Coalition
  • me too. Movement: me too. Movement Rebrand: Beyond the Hashtag
  • Mother Jones: The Mother Trap
  • Paid Leave for All: Paid Leave for All
  • Steven Latham Productions: Shelter Me: Soul Awakened (John Legend)
  • Crooked Media: Strict Scrutiny Emergency Pod: What the SCOTUS Leak Could Mean for Abortion
  • The Artemis Agency LLC/The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation: Night Over America
  • UNFPA: The Virtual is Real
  • Zealous, a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center: Chicago Transformation Collab


Humanitarian Action & Services

  • 72andSunny: Loopholes Cereal
  • American Red Cross: Red Cross for Kids: Animated Videos
  • Babbel: Free Digital Language Courses for Ukrainian Speakers
  • Blue State: UK for UNHCR – The UN’s Refugee Agency – Who is a refugee? (Winter Appeal)
  • charity: water: charity: water Water Sensor
  • DKC/DoorDash: Project DASH
  • PepsiCo: Food For Good- Changemakers
  • PIND (Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta): Thousands of Nigerian Youths Positively Impacted by PIND’s Youth Employment Pathways Project
  • Comic Relief US: Comic Relief US, Critical Role and Stephen Colbert, Partner on Special D&D Campaign To Fundraise for Red Nose Day
  • Rooftop/UNOCHA: #TheHumanRace
  • SHOWTIME: Comida Gratis
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group: Sinclair Cares: Summer Hunger Relief
  • Global Citizen’s Stand Up For Ukraine
  • Swell Creative Group/The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor: The People’s Project
  • UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator: WFP Innovation Accelerator x Humanitarian Grand Challenge Partnership
  • USA FOR UNHCR: Engineering Engagements


Responsible Technology

  • buyVerde: buyVerde: Shop Your Values, Create Conscious Consumers
  • DEPT®: Metafestival 2022
  • Forbes/Aviram Family Foundation: 2022 Aviram Awards — Tech for Humanity
  • Games for Change: Games for Change Student Challenge
  • GoodUnited: How the TREVOR PROJECT Shattered Their Social Fundraising Goal with Facebook Challenges
  • Fellowship: Crisis Response
  • Human Rights Watch: #StudentsNotProducts – A Human Rights Watch Campaign
  • iHeartMedia: FORCE MULTIPLIER: A Podcast from iHeartRadio and Where Action Meets Impact – Season 2
  • MIT Technology Review: Want a job? the AI will see you now (investigative artificial intelligence and Hiring Series)
  • Movilizatorio: DigiMENTE
  • Mozilla Foundation: IRL: Online Life is Real Life
  • Purpose: Tracking climate disinformation
  • R/GA: Google – Auditorial
  • Think of Us: Check For Us Campaign
  • Threespot: Mozilla Rally
  • TrollBusters, a project of the Media Innovation Collab: Generation Zeitgeist: From User to Creator


Sustainability, Climate & Environment

  • Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE): ACE Youth Advisory Board: Elevating Youth Leadership
  • BBC Studios – Games & Interactive: The Green Planet AR Experience, using EE 5G
  • Bloomberg Media Studios/Samsung: Tech Goes Green
  • C&G Partners: Little Island
  • Clean Cooking Alliance: Clean Cooking Forum 2022
  • Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports’ Fight for Safe and Sustainable Food Packaging
  • See Us, Hear Us: Climate Justice
  • Economist Impact: The Sustainability Project
  • Fifty & Fifty: Only One Earth – UNEP World Environment Day
  • FORTUNE Brand Studio/Salesforce: Salesforce and Fortune Brand Studio present ‘The Ecopreneurs’
  • Google: #RecyclingHeroes – 2022 Google Sustainability Campaign
  • Harvard Business School: Climate Rising
  • Inbrax/WWF Chile: Footprints of Extinction
  • Media.Monks/Studio Roosegaarde: SEEING STARS
  • Montclair State University: New Orleans | Raging Storms
  • NASA/Caltech: NASA Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
  • National Audubon Society: Bird Migration Explorer
  • NationSwell/American Family Insurance: Expanding the power and influence of Gen Z climate advocates
  • Nisolo: Sustainability Facts Label
  • PHORIA/United Nations: Sea of Islands
  • Rainforest Connection: Rainforest Connection
  • The Nation of Artists/United Nations Development Programme & Hyundai Motor Company: for Tomorrow
  • UNDP: Don’t Choose Extinction
  • Warner Music Experience/REI: REI: Better is Out There!
  • WONGDOODY/The Financial Times: The Financial Times Climate Game
  • World Surf League: World Surf League | We Are One Ocean – Sustainability Initiative