Marigold - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs this contest?
The contest is run by TakePart.com, the Social Action Network™ of Participant Media. Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose – and the publisher of Encore.org – assists in the evaluation of the submissions.

What makes a good idea?
Good ideas are ones that make the world a better place. We’re seeking ideas that can be realized, have a measurable impact on their intended audience and involve one or more passionate, committed leaders. See the submission criteria below and check the Official Rules for more details about the criteria and what our judges, and eventually the public voters, will be looking for when they review the contest submissions.

When does the submission period end?
There are six submission periods. They end at the end of each month -- on April 30, May 31, June 29, July 31, August 31, and September 28, 2012 -- at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

How does online voting for the Marigold Ideas for Good contest work?
Each voter is permitted to vote once per day during each of the voting periods. All results will be reviewed after the close of the final round of online voting every month. Dates of online voting are: 5/31-6/7, 7/2-7/9, 7/30-8/6, 8/31-9/4, 10/1-10/8 and 10/31-11/7. Check the Official Rules for further details about voting times and procedures. Public voting accounts for 50% of each finalist’s score, while the determinations of an internal judge or panel of judges from Participant Media will account for the other 50%.

Who can vote online?
Any adult 18 years or older can vote online — voting is limited to once a day, per person.

What can contestants win?
Thirty winners (five each month) will win $5,000 each to help them implement their ideas. Six grand prize winners (one each month) will win a trip (valued at $5,000 or less) organized by Road Scholar, in addition to the $5,000 grant. See the Official Rules for further details.

How will winners be selected?
The submission and voting process is entirely online. All submissions will be judged against the following criteria:

  1. Is the idea feasible and would a $5,000 prize significantly help to implement the idea?
  2. Does the idea focus on an important issue that fits within the stated criteria for the Contest?
  3. Does the Entrant demonstrate passion for the idea?
  4. Does the idea provide a compelling conversation starter for the online community?
  5. If executed with the idea likely make a significant impact on the people in the applicable community?
  6. Overall impression.

Does TakePart have any ownership of the idea submitted?
TakePart takes no stake in ownership of any ideas submitted through the contest. Ownership is strictly the purview of the contestant. However, TakePart reserves the right to use information from the contestants’ submissions for purposes of promoting the contest and for other purposes. Please review Section 5 of the Official Rules for further details.