Nominations are Open for 2018 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award

The third Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award is officially open for nominations.  The award will be presented in April at Net Inclusion 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio, by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA).

Potential nominees could either be long time veterans of the digital inclusion field, or new and passionate supporters of digital skills for all. Nationally focused or locally based – We are looking for everyone making difference.

Named for Charles Benton, the founder of the Benton Foundation, the award was created by NDIA to recognize leadership and dedication in advancing digital equity:  from promoting the ideal of accessible and affordable communications technology for all Americans, to crafting programs and policies that make it a reality.

Nominees should demonstrate:

  • Sustained commitment to digital inclusion programs, practices, and/or policy work.
  • Innovative approaches to solving problems and bridging gaps.
  • Thoughtful use of data to shape programs and/or policies.
  • Demonstrated leadership at the local, regional and/or national level.
  • History of collaboration with other people and organizations that advance digital inclusion.
  • Additional personal or professional characteristics or accomplishments.

Eligibility for this award is limited to U.S. residents. NDIA Staff, Consultants and Directing Council Members are not eligible.

The Champion will be selected by a committee representing diverse constituencies, geographies, and sectors with an interest in digital inclusion, including NDIA and the Benton Foundation.

See nomination form 

Benton, a non-profit, operating foundation, believes that communications policy—rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity—has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities to bridge our divides.