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Fonkoze Named a 2016 Classy Award Finalist

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Fonkoze Named a 2016 Classy Award Finalist


BOSTON – Classy, the world’s first social impact platform with the goal of helping organizations solve social problems more effectively and efficiently, today announced  Fonkoze as a finalist for the 6th Annual Classy Awards. The Collaborative + Classy Awards bring together top social innovators from around the world for a unique three-day experience of speaker series and networking opportunities that culminates in the Classy Awards. This year’s event will take place June 14-16, 2016, in Boston’s Innovation District.

“The Classy Awards team spends a year extensively researching social innovations from around the world. We’ve been fortunate to discover some incredible organizations over the past few years, but this year’s pool of nominees is one of the strongest we’ve ever seen! We’re honored to play a role in convening leaders throughout the sector to recognize their efforts,” said Pat Walsh, Co-Founder and CIO of

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a Finalist for this year’s Classy Awards recognizing the most innovative organizations of the year. Fonkoze is being recognized for our Boutik Sante (Community Health Store) Program, which – at full-scale – will provide basic health services and products to over 2 million Haitians in rural and underserved areas. One of the most exciting aspects of the program is that after an initial investment, it will become self-sustaining and won’t require additional donor funding,” said Natalie Parke, Fonkoze USA’s Program Manager.

This year, Classy reviewed over 1,300 program submissions from 1,100 global organizations. This year, Finalists were awarded based on their scale and scope of the problem, an innovative approach; ability to solve the problem; and organizational effectiveness. Of the 100 finalists selected from the submissions 10 winners will be chosen by the Leadership Council and announced on stage at the Classy Awards.

The Finalists recognized this year are addressing the incredibly complex and equally severe problems we face today. Their efforts span global poverty and hunger, disease, education, climate change, disaster response and preparedness, and health care accessibility.

The Collaborative + Classy Awards, presented by Southwest Airlines and Classy, are produced in partnership with Guidestar, Stanford Social Innovation Review,, Plenty Consulting, WePay, GOOD, GLG, Babson College, and Echoing Green. For more information on the Collaborative + Classy Awards and to register for the event, visit



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