Meet our 2016 Emma 25 honorees!


Each year, we recognize the amazing work being done by nonprofits in their communities by awarding 25 deserving organizations with a free Emma account for life. 

As engagement specialist (and Emma 25 coordinator) Pearl Nichols said, "This program gives us an opportunity to learn about the variety of incredible causes out there – plus, we get to help them expand their sphere of influence, raise more money, and rally more volunteers. It's such an honor to help the helpers!"

It was tough work selecting finalists out of over 400 applicants, but now, we're over-the-moon excited to announce our 2016 Emma 25 honorees:



1. Act Like a GRRRL

At the very moment our culture is asking girls to “sit down and shut up,” Act Like a GRRRL invites them“stand up and speak out” through autobiographical writing and performance in a supportive community.


2.  Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

SIMA's mission is to advance global awareness, social justice, human rights and humanitarian development by catalyzing creative works of visual storytelling that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation.



3.  Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media exists to serve Native producers and Indian country in partnership with public television and radio. Vision Maker Media works with Native producers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media including public television and public radio.


4.  Blanket Fort Hope

Blanket Fort Hope's mission is to love and care for child trafficking victims through housing, services and long-term commitment; and to prevent kids from becoming victims.


5.  Streetside Stories

Streetside Stories cultivates the voices of young people from underrepresented communities by teaching them how to write, illustrate and share stories that honor their personal experiences.



6.  Girls on the Run - DC

Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for girls ages 8-13 teaching life skills through a curriculum that equips girls with the information and empowerment they need to meet life’s pressing challenges.


7. T.A.C.T. (Teaching Autistic Children Trades)

T.A.C.T. is a mobile 501(c)(3) providing trade and technical skills to children, young adults and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


8.  Literacy Council of Buncombe County

Their mission is to increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors and to provide access to literacy resources in our community.



9.  Community Nashville

Community Nashville is dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism; and promotes respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures in the area through advocacy and youth education.


10.  Mladiinfo International

Mladiinfo International's mission is to help young people from all over the world fulfill their educational potential, despite being challenged by many disadvantages of personal, social, cultural or economic character.


11.  Voices Together

Through Music Therapy, they empower individuals with developmental disabilities to transform their own lives.


12.  YouCanFreeUs

Their mission is fighting human trafficking through rescue, rehabilitation and advocacy of victims of trafficking.


13.  Rebuilding Together Nashville

Rebuilding Together Nashville restores, rebuilds and performs essential repairs at homes of low-income area residents—free of charge—with the goal of having a safe and healthy home for every person.


14.  Homes for Homes

Homes for Homes sustains families around the globe by providing them a quality home.



15.  Catch A Lift Fund

The Catch A Lift Fund (CAL) helps post 9/11 combat wounded veterans all over the U.S. recover, rehabilitate and reintegrate through physical fitness by providing them with gym memberships, in-home gym equipment, personalized fitness programs and a peer-to-peer support network.


16.  PetsEmpower

Their mission is to increase the capacity across the United States for short-term pet fostering during crisis situations through stable funding, volunteer referral, and consulting.


17.  Hells Canyon Preservation Council

Hells Canyon Preservation Council works to protect, connect, and restore the Greater Hells Canyon Region for today and future generations.



18.  Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption

Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption (NLGA) is a nonprofit group of volunteers dedicated to finding responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds and educating the public about greyhounds as pets.


19.  A Step Ahead Foundation of East Tennessee

A Step Ahead Foundation provides free long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) to all women in East Tennessee, thus preventing unintended pregnancies.


20.  ASPEN

ASPEN is committed to breaking the cycle of violence by providing free and confidential support services to victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and educational and awareness activities in the community.


21.  NAMI Clackamas

NAMI Clackamas is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone impacted by mental health issues through support, education, and advocacy.


22.  The Exceptional Partner Service Dogs

The Exceptional Partner Service Dogs provides psychiatric service dogs, free of charge, to people suffering from PTSD, severe depression, debilitating anxiety, or any of the other psychiatric disabilities that have halted someone's life.


23. Casita Copan

Casita Copan's mission is to prevent child abandonment by nurturing orphaned and vulnerable children and supporting single mothers.



24.  Food Finder GA

The mission of FoodFinderGA is simple: using technology to connect food insecure families in Georgia with their next meal.


25.  Schoolhouse Supplies

Schoolhouse Supplies works to support public education in the Portland, Oregon area by providing free school supplies to students in need



Thanks for helping us spread the word about Emma 25 this year, and as always, we'll be accepting applications again in November 2017! 

If you'd like to check out some of our past honorees, head here

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McKenzie Gregory is a senior content manager on Emma’s marketing team. A Nashville native, she can be found covering all things email on the Emma blog, debating hyphenation rules, and watching obscene amounts of Netflix without a trace of shame.

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