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#XEDOS Social Media #Contest

It's back for 2018!

By: | June 1, 2018 7:00 pm

Check your entry counts daily from Tuesday, September 4 through Saturday, September 8 at Updates post at noon MT!


The Xcel Energy Day of Service (XEDOS) Social Media #Contest, sponsored by the Xcel Energy Foundation, will award six grants to Colorado-based not-for-profit organizations. To receive a grant, not-for-profit teams will earn one point for each qualifying post; an organization’s total points will then be divided by the number of volunteers supporting that organization’s project. This formula will generate a percentage that ensures organizations with a large group of volunteers are tallied the same way as organizations with a small group of volunteers. The top two teams will each be invited to apply for a $5,000 grant. Third- through sixth-place organizations will each be invited to apply for a $2,500 grant, for a total of $20,000 in grants from the Xcel Energy Foundation.

See the list of #XEDOS #contest projects and organizations here.

Who can post:
• Volunteers, team leaders, friends, family – anyone! Recruiting others who are not volunteering on-site to help post for your project is a best practice.

Where to post:
• The Xcel Energy Colorado Facebook page
• Your personal Instagram account

What your post must include to be eligible:
Step 1. The hashtags #XEDOS and #contest,
Step 2. Tag Xcel Energy Colorado:
• On Facebook: post directly to the Xcel Energy Colorado Facebook page AND tag @XcelEnergyCO
• On Instagram: post a photo or video about your project and tag @xcelenergy,
Step 3. Tag or name your project’s organization (tag the local organization ONLY — posts or tags to national organizations are not eligible) referencing the list of #XEDOS #contest projects, and
Step 4. Why you love the nonprofit/organization or project, what your Day of Service project is about, or volunteer activities to support the project.

*Shares, reposts, and Stories will not count towards points.*

When to post:
• Begins Sept. 4, 2018 at 12:00:01 a.m. MT, and ends Sept. 8, 2018 at 11:59:59 p.m. MT.

Using photos and videos in posts:
• In addition to the contest tagging requirements listed above, a photo or video is required to post on Instagram.
• While not required to earn a point, including photos and videos with your posts is always a great addition to help tell your organization’s story, e.g. images that showcase the projects and volunteers, or the natural beauty of Colorado and people hard at work.

See the list of #XEDOS #contest projects and organizations for 2018 here.
See the full contest rules here.

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