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The Powerful IDEA (Impact on Democracy, Elections, Advocacy) Awards are GAIN POWER’s inaugural progressive political communications & leadership awards. The Powerful IDEA Awards will recognize the most impactful people, organizations, technology, communications, and other resources that power progressive politics, advocacy, and our democracy over the past year. We will honor bold, brave, creative, impactful leaders, campaigns, and advocacy organizations. Awards will go to powerful people, campaigns, technology, communications, and organizations that significantly impacted our democracy, elections, and advocacy. We aim to elevate and shine a spotlight on the people and programs that power progressive politics fight to save our country through running for office, advocacy campaigns, elections, civic engagement, participatory events, and public communications.


  • Nominations Open: March 15, 2022
  • Nominations Close: April 20, 2022
  • GAIN Power Review of Submissions: April 16 – 26, 2022
  • Public Voting and Judging Begins: May 3, 2022
  • Public Voting and Judging Ends: May 23, 2022
  • Award Winners Announced at Event June 8th
  • Progressive Professional Expo. Training & Career Fair. June 9, 2022


Below is a list of our categories! Start a nomination today by clicking here, selecting a category, and filling out the form. Don't forget to check out after you are done!

For all categories in the Transformational Talent and Leadership, entries will be free. For all other categories, we will be charging similar to other awards to help cover the cost of ensuring this program is accessible to as many members of our community as possible. There are waivers available for very small organizations on request. Costs for these entries will be as follows:

  • Regular Entry (March 15th - April 15th): $100 per submission
  • Late Entry (April 16th - 22nd): $200 per submission

Individual Transformational Talent and Leaders (Free)

  • Artist
  • BIPOC and Constituency Organizer
  • Candidate
  • Communication Staff
  • Consultant Digital
  • Consultant Field
  • Consultant Fundraising
  • Consultant General
  • Consultant Legal & Compliance
  • Consultant Mail
  • Consultant Media
  • Consultant Polling
  • Consultant Research
  • Data Staff
  • Digital Staff
  • Field Staff
  • Finance Staff
  • Issue Activist or Movement Leader
  • Leadership through Equity/DEI Leader
  • Legends
  • Manager/Leader
  • Media Strategist/ Influencer
  • Operations Staff
  • Party Leader
  • Political Staff
  • Researcher Staff
  • Social Media Strategist / Influencer
  • Trainer

Creative Communication Or Piece Of Content ($)

  • Art (any medium)
  • Campaign Content
  • Podcast

Inspirational Organizations & Campaigns ($)

  • Campaign
  • Corporation Leading on Democracy
  • Leading Through A Racial Equity Lens
  • New organization making impact (501c3/501c4)
  • Voter Education Organizations (501c3)

Powerful Program ($)

  • Convenings - Virtual / Live event
  • COVID Education
  • Impactful Program

Transformative Technology ($)