CIOGC Social Justice service challenge

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CIOGC Social Justice service challenge2020-08-03T13:33:34-05:00

Vote For Your Favorite Masjid Every Day!

Thank you so much for participating in the CIOGC Service Challenge, and for submitting your final videos in a timely fashion! We are very excited to share your projects with the Chicagoland community!

  • Voting will be done over the course of 5 days, with 6 masajid featured each day. So if you don’t see your masjid today, don’t worry! 
  • Please keep an eye out for your masjid’s voting date! We will email your masjid’s the night before you’re scheduled to go live.
  • Please vote only once per email/device! Repeats will be removed.
  • At the end of the voting period, CIOGC will pick a grand prize winner out of the winners of each day.
  • As a secondary prize, CIOGC is offering $500 raffle towards a masjid of the winner’s choosing. You will be automatically entered into the raffle if you vote everyday
  • On August 9th, one masjid will be declared the service challenge winner with a $5000 prize!

Project Timeline

Contest Rules

  1. All entries must be approved by the organization’s leadership (i.e. Youth
    Directors/Imams/Board Members/Committee Chairs) of a masjid in the Chicagoland
  2. The project must address a social injustice, as subject to the conditions of the grant.
    • Social injustice is a concept in which the relations between an individual or group
      and society are unjust.
    • You may interpret this definition to creatively come up with a plan and implement
      a project that will lead to a meaningful change in either your local or greater
    • We want this to be a fun project for your masjid, so be sure to think outside the
      box and collaborate with your community. We highly encourage collaborations
      with other masajid.
  3. The project must be entirely funded by the initial grant. Additional funds cannot be used
    to supplement your project for this challenge.
  4. All grant approvals are ultimately at the discretion of CIOGC. CIOGC reserves the right
    to request adjustments to or deny any proposals submitted if they do not meet our
  5. Although we encourage masajid to promote their project on their own social media, we
    require that any posts give mention to and/or tag CIOGC.
  6. Projects must follow the set timeline given:
    • Register by June 30th, 2020
    • Submit the following on a weekly basis:
      • Week 1 : Pics of your planning meeting by July 10, 2020
      • Week 2: Short ‘behind the scenes’ video showing project implementation
        by July 17th, 2020
      • Week 3: Share your project on social media by July 24, 2020
    • Submit official video and budget by August 3, 2020.
    • Winner will be announced on August 9, 2020.
  7. Failure to follow above timeline will result in the loss of potential prizes and/or revocation
    of initial grant.
  8. All materials must be submitted by emailing [email protected] Any materials altered or removed
    after the deadline date will be considered late, and subject to the same conditions
    detailed in Rule 7.
  9. Winner of this challenge will be chosen through a two part process. All entries will be
    posted on the website to allow for a public vote. The top five selected by public vote will
    then be presented to a panel of judges who will decide the winner.
  10. Contest winners must use awarded money to continue and/or expand their project.
  11. By applying or participating in any form with this challenge, you grant CIOGC all rights
    and interests in any and all submissions and interviews including but not limited to
    videos, photographs, animations, audio recordings, images, and presentations. You also
    grant CIOGC the right to use said materials in any of their promotional materials.
  12. All participants and their affiliated organizations, regardless of degree of involvement in
    the CIOGC Service Challenge, appreciate there are certain risks (some of which I may
    not fully appreciate) and that injuries, death, property damage or other harm could occur
    to me or others. Participants and affiliated organizations accept and voluntarily incur all
    risks of any injuries, damages, or harm which arise during or result from my participation
    in the Challenge, regardless of whether or not caused in whole or in part by the
    negligence or other fault of CIOGC, The Trustees of CIOGC, and/or its or their
    departments, affiliates, employees, officers, agents or insurers (“Released Parties”).
    Participants and affiliated organizations waive all claims against any of the Released
    Parties for any injuries, damages, losses or claims, whether known and unknown, which
    arise during or result from my participation in the Challenge, regardless of whether or not
    caused in whole or part by the negligence or other fault of any of the Released Parties.
    Participants and affiliated organizations release and forever discharge the Released
    Parties from all such claims. Participants and their affiliated masajid agree to indemnify
    and hold the Released Parties harmless from all losses, liabilities, damages, costs or
    expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees and other litigation
    costs and expenses) incurred by any of the Released Parties as a result of any claims or
    suits that they (or anyone claiming by, under or through them) may bring against any of
    the Released Parties to recover any losses, liabilities, costs, damages, or expenses
    which arise during or result from my participation in the Challenge, regardless of whether
    or not caused in whole or part by the negligence or other fault of any of the Released


A: This is an opportunity for your masjid to create meaningful changes in society. Consider
what types of efforts might be necessary beyond direct service to lessen the problems you are
witnessing firsthand. As you address the need, consider focusing your efforts on the injustice
that has created the need for service in the first place.

For more inspiration and guidance, please read this article on Islam and Social Justice.

A: Yes! This competition does not require CIOGC membership, though we hope your Masjid will consider joining in the future.

A: No, this challenge is not limited to only youth groups! We encourage diversity in age and interests to apply, as long as the project idea is approved by a masjid in the Chicagoland area.

A: Yes! We encourage Masjid leadership to appoint a Service Project Coordinator to lead
project efforts during the challenge.

A: Yes! We encourage you to collaborate with other masjids, as well as any other interfaith

A: In the effort to ensure fairness, $1000 is the maximum amount we are able to grant for each
project. If you find yourself with surplus money, please contact us and we will use it to award
more prizes at the completion of the competition.

A: Join us for a Zoom Q &A session on Tuesday, June 23rd where we will go over the rules and answer
any questions you may have. Also feel free to refer any further questions to [email protected]