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KENNEBUNK, Maine — Natural personal care manufacturer Tom's of Maine is once again holding its 50 States for Good program, which celebrates and rewards nonprofit organizations committed to meaningful change and work that addresses local needs.
Anyone who is energized by the work of local nonprofit organizations can nominate their favorite for a chance to share in $150,000 in funding. Fifteen organizations will be awarded $10,000 each, as determined by a public vote in September. Nominations can be made at 50statesforgood.com through July 8 via a short essay.
This year's program presents individuals with an opportunity to help their favorite nonprofit organization secure funding. Fifty-one finalists — one from each state and the District of Columbia — will be chosen by a panel of independent judges from the pool of nominees and the public will vote for the winners.
"For the first time, we're inviting any individual who's passionate about a nonprofit to make a nomination," stated Susan Dewhirst, public relations and goodness programs manager at Tom's of Maine, of the program that is now in its fifth year. "The best part is we've made it easy for anyone to give back to their community by nominating their favorite nonprofit."
In past years, Tom's of Maine has funded 50 States for Good projects that have built community playgrounds, maintained sustainable nature trails, provided shelter and food for the homeless and cared for animals, among many other initiatives.