Best of Humankind Awards
About the Program
The Best of Humankind Awards will recognize and celebrate real people showing the highest level of compassion, selflessness and doing great kind things in their communities. Their dedication inspires others and makes our world a better place. We will share and celebrate their stories!
During open nominations this past August, USA TODAY received over 650 nominations from across the US. The top finalists were selected by an advisory board and this October, voting will open for the public to decide, who are the 2021 Best of Humankind honorees, each taking home $1,000!
2021 Award Categories
Best of Animalkind Award
The Best of Animalkind will be awarded to the rescuer, adopter, or animal-friend who has exemplified the deepest level of respect and love for our animal friends.
Best of Militarykind Award
The Best of Militarykind will be awarded to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces for showcasing a high level of kindness or triumph while sacrificing for their country, service members and family.
Best of Womankind Award
The Best of Womankind will be awarded to a woman or group of women who are doing incredible things to lift people up in their communities.
Best of Sportskind Award
The Best of Sportskind will be awarded to the player, coach, or team who has exemplified the highest level of sportsmanship.
Best of Earthkind Award
The Best of Earthkind will be awarded to the person who is not only kind to others, but kind to our planet by combating climate change, recycling, planting trees and more.
Humankind Educator of the Year
The Humankind Educator of the Year will be awarded to the teacher, counselor, principal, or educator who devotes their time and energy towards teaching kids how to become kind humans.
Humankind Healthcare Worker of the Year
The Humankind Healthcare Worker of the Year will be awarded to the healthcare worker who has brought kindness to a year of unprecedented healthcare challenges.
Humankind Triumph Award
The Humankind Triumph of the Year will be awarded to the person who has overcome a personal challenge with courage, kindness, and perseverance to achieve something they didn’t think possible.
Humankind Act of Kindness Caught on Video
The Humankind Act of Kindness Caught on Video will be awarded to the person who showcased a touching act of kindness without knowing that they were being filmed.
Humankind Person of the Year
The Humankind Person of the Year will be awarded to the person who has showcased the highest level of kindness, compassion, and selflessness in their community.
Humankind Viewer’s Choice Award
This award goes to the viewers’ favorite kind human! Which of these stories of kindness inspires you to be better, do better and want better for our world?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Humankind?
USA TODAY’S Humankind features video stories and profiles of everyday people carrying out selfless and kind acts benefiting others and their community. Humankind tells stories that lift people up, touch our hearts and remind us about the resilience and beauty of the human spirit.
What is the Best of Humankind Awards?
USA TODAY’s Best of Humankind Awards will recognize and reward everyday people who have showcased the highest level of kindness, compassion, and perseverance. Awards will be given in 11 categories: Animalkind, Sportskind, Militarykind, Womankind, Earthkind, Humankind Triumph of the Year, Humankind Healthcare Worker of the Year, Humankind Educator of the Year, Humankind Caught on Camera Moment, Humankind Viewer’s Choice and Humankind Person of the Year.
Where can I nominate someone for the Best of Humankind Awards?
Nominations can be submitted at HumankindAwards.com
When do nominations close?
Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2021.
Who can be nominated for a Best of Humankind Award?
USA TODAY’s Best of Humankind Awards will recognize everyday people/individuals doing great things. Organizations/businesses/non-profits cannot be nominated for a Best of Humankind award.
Can I nominate a non-profit rather than an individual?
No. Businesses, including non-profits are not eligible for a Best of Humankind Award.
What information do I need to share during the nomination process?
Please share a detailed story of why this person should be considered for a Best of Humankind Award. Be as detailed as possible. Is there one moment you can share that personifies your nominee? Links to video moments and photos are highly recommended and helpful, but not required.
When will the Finalists & Winners be notified?
Finalists will be selected and contacted by September 17, 2021. Winners will be announced during the streaming broadcast this December.
What happens if I am named a finalist?
A representative from the Humankind team will contact you on or before September 17 for more information about your submission. You and your finalist will be interviewed on camera about your kindness.
When is the Best of Humankind Awards and how can I watch it?
The Best of Humankind Awards premieres Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. EST. Check HumankindAwards.com this November for streaming details.
Can I nominate myself?
Yes! You can nominate yourself and qualify to win both the $1,000 and the additional $250 for nominating a winner.
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