For Immediate Release

May 4, 2016

PAI Named a Finalist for the 6th Annual Classy Awards

PAI has been selected as a finalist for the 6th Annual Classy Awards—the largest social impact awards ceremony of its kind, celebrating the greatest champions of social progress. This honor recognizes the innovation of PAI’s quality-focused QUEST initiative in the human rights and social justice category. QUEST: Quality Upheld, Every Service, Every Time assists local advocates in Ethiopia, Myanmar, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Pakistan in strengthening their abilities to assess and monitor the quality of family planning programs and make the case for quality and rights to be a national priority.

Around the world, 225 million women and girls want to prevent pregnancy but need modern contraception. While national and international interest in expanding access to reproductive health is on the rise, policymakers often don’t place adequate emphasis on the quality of care delivered and the rights of the women and girls receiving that care. That’s why PAI launched QUEST. Through this initiative, PAI and its partners will deliver original analysis to inform a broader understanding of the gaps, opportunities, and challenges affecting quality and rights at the national and sub-national levels.

Classy reviewed over 1,300 program submissions from 1,100 global organizations. Eligible programs needed to address a social problem, have at least one year of measurable results, and have at least one headquarter in the US or Canada. Of the 100 finalists, 10 winners will be selected by the Leadership Council and announced onsite at the awards in Boston on June 16th.

“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 Classy.org

Contact: Adrienne Lee, Senior Communications Officer

Email: alee@pai.org

Phone: 202-557-3426


About PAI

PAI champions policies that make it possible for every woman to have quality reproductive health care. We work with policymakers in Washington and our network of proven partners in developing countries to advance women’s rights by removing barriers between women and the care they need.

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 150 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.

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