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Video takes top honors for outstanding storytelling in competition with more than 13,000 entrants 

A PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) video spotlighting its 2018 grant to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (the Fund) has been named a Gold Winner in the 41st Telly Awards® competition in the Social Video: Not-for-Profit category. The Telly Awards honor those who tell high-caliber, innovative stories across all screens, with Gold Telly Winners described as “the standard bearers of excellence in the industry.” PMIEF created the video in collaboration with Pursuant, a full-service, technology-enabled, data-driven fundraising agency that serves nonprofit organizations.

PMIEF's investment in the Fund provided project management training, coaching, and resources for its professionals to increase organizational capacity and enable the nonprofit to establish a project management office (PMO). As a result, the Fund sustains the impact of its work on behalf of Africa’s youth and the legacy of its iconic and eponymous founder.

"Our investments build the project management capabilities of organizations that deliver life-changing initiatives for youth, including those most vulnerable," said Olivier Lazar, PMI Vice President of Strategic Alliances. "The Fund does not simply help young people ameliorate their challenging circumstances, but rather empowers them as change agents who possess the project management knowledge and skills necessary to eradicate poverty and its elemental causes. We are honored to have partnered with the Fund and to have shared the story of how PMI drives value in both this leading nonprofit and the lives of the young people it serves."

“Our founder, Nelson Mandela, knew that education and learning are powerful weapons in changing the world,” said Konehali Gugushe, Chief Executive Officer of the Fund. “This once-in-a-lifetime capacity-building opportunity that PMIEF has provided our organization has sharpened our skills to be more effective and efficient in how we do our part in changing the way society treats its children and youth. We are grateful to have an organization invest in our people and our mission.”

“We are thrilled to share this award with PMIEF,” said Jennifer Bielat, Executive Vice-President for Client Strategy at Pursuant. “Working alongside PMIEF and the Fund partners to plan the shoot, our team quickly realized the specialness of this project, and set out to ‘create the best video ever’ to showcase both organizations’ work. It’s wonderful to know that our collective dedication to this endeavor was recognized.”

The Telly Awards Judging Council, a group of leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology determine award recipients. The Council selected the Fund video from among more than 13,000 entrants.

About Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund) is an advocacy development agency and a leading champion for the general well-being of children, founded in 1995 by the former statesman Mr. Nelson Mandela. To make the life of children a celebration, the Fund is undoubtedly honoured with the task of continuing the legacy of its founder. The key message that goes with carrying out this honoured task is found and embedded in the vision of the Fund, which is: “Changing the way society treats its children and youth.” The Fund believes that children should enjoy the absence of hunger, abuse, exploitation and homelessness. This is underpinned by a clear notion that the eradication of poverty and its systemic causes are the ultimate desired change, rather than amelioration of difficult and unchanging circumstances in which targeted beneficiaries find themselves. It is possible to have a world where children live with dignity, are safe, nurtured and their voices are heard and that the transformation needed to create such a world needs every part of society to play its role.

About Pursuant

Pursuant, based in Dallas, Texas, is a comprehensive direct-response fundraising agency that leverages strategy, analytics and insights, and creative storytelling to help nonprofit organizations raise more money to change the world. Since 2001, Pursuant has helped thousands of organizations raise billions of dollars. Visit us at  to help you achieve your fundraising goals.

About PMI Educational Foundation

PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for those who consider project, program, or portfolio management their profession. Founded in 1990, PMIEF cultivates long-term relationships with nonprofits across the globe to help them integrate project management in their youth programs and to build their own project management capacity. The Foundation achieves its mission to “enable youth to realize their potential and transform lives through project management” and its vision for “inspiring youth to achieve their goals, making dreams a reality” by investing in high-quality organizations that exemplify a commitment to preparing young people for 21st century success and an appreciation for both the societal application and value of project management. Visit for more information.


About Project Management Institute (PMI)

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leading professional organization for project management, and the authority for a growing global community of millions of project professionals and individuals who use project management skills. Collectively, these professionals and "changemakers" consistently create better outcomes for businesses, community and society worldwide.

PMI empowers people to make ideas a reality. Through global advocacy, networking, collaboration, research, and education, PMI prepares organizations and individuals at every stage of their career journey to work smarter so they can drive success in a world of change. 

Building on a proud legacy dating to 1969, PMI is a not-for-profit for-purpose organization working in nearly every country around the world to advance careers, strengthen organizational success, and enable project professionals and changemakers with new skills and ways of working to maximize their impact. PMI offerings include globally recognized standards, certifications, online courses, thought leadership, tools, digital publications, and communities.

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