As part of this initiative, Maclellan and his partners accepted online applications of U.S.-based ministries with an annual budget of $4 million or less. Giving of Life leveraged the power of social media to help promote and publicize the applicants in a contest, awarding the top three substantial cash prizes. Seventeen more winners were awarded a $2,000 boost for 2012.

The winners were announced last week, and we’re delighted for all of them, including friend of The Gathering Shane Claiborne and The Simple Way. The Simple Way was the second-place winner, giving them a $20,000 grant to help in their work in Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Read more about the winners here.

Visit the Giving of Life website here.

Learn more about Dan’s work with The SoulCare Project.