BOSTON, MA–Classy, the world’s first social impact platform with the goal of helping organizations solve social problems more effectively and efficiently, announced Nuru International 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

“All of us at Nuru are incredibly excited to be among the finalists for this year’s Classy Awards,” says Billy Williams, Strategic Partnerships Director for Nuru International. “I personally consider it a great privilege to be able to represent Nuru at the Collaborative + Classy Awards in Boston this year, and I hope to bring back ideas and insights that will help Nuru continue to improve and grow in our ability to serve our farmers and their families.”

Since 2009, Nuru International has enabled over 85,000 people in Kenya and Ethiopia to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Nuru credits its success to equipping local leaders to identify the needs of the community, design solutions to address those needs and effectively and efficiently implement and scale solutions. Nuru International Founder and CEO Jake Harriman sums up the organization’s philosophy as, “A strong African woman who possesses the same skill set and knowledge that I have is far more capable of sustainably ending extreme poverty in her country than I will ever be.”

Classy reviewed over 1,300 program submissions from 1,100 global organizations. 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 on Thursday, June 16. Follow the event on Twitter at #collaborative16 and @Classy.

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


About Classy

Classy ( is the world’s first social impact platform with the goal of helping organizations solve social problems more effectively and efficiently. Since launching in 2011, Classy has helped more than 2,500 social enterprises including Oxfam, World Food Program USA, and National Geographic to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Classy also hosts the Collaborative and Classy Awards to recognize excellence in social innovation. Based in San Diego, CA, Classy employs a staff of over 180 people and was recently recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s 10 Most Innovative Companies for Social Good. Classy is backed by investors including Mithril and Salesforce Ventures.

About Nuru International

Nuru International ( is a U.S.-based social venture on a mission to end extreme poverty in remote, rural areas. It establishes sustainable community development projects, such as Nuru Kenya and Nuru Ethiopia, to deliver high touch, holistic programming – in Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Education – to engage all household members in building resilience and ending intergenerational poverty.

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