DEFENDER ABOVE & BEYOND SERVICE AWARDS

RECOGNIZING NONPROFITS THAT GO ABOVE & BEYOND FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES

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The Defender is a versatile tool, capable of scaling mountains and crossing treacherous rivers — but it’s most powerful when the driver is steering it on a mission to help others.

ABOUT THE DEFENDER ABOVE & BEYOND SERVICE AWARDS

Over the past year, there have been incredible displays of bravery and resilience. As defenders and helpers in your own right, you have been pushed to your limits—only to discover how truly capable you are. We are inspired

For seven decades, Land Rover has been creating hard-working vehicles that are known worldwide for taking service workers on missions to help others. Now we are awarding seven customized Defender models to seven U.S. nonprofits that go Above & Beyond for their communities every day.

We know that great things happen when a highly capable vehicle is driven by highly capable people. From first responders and conservationists to search and rescue volunteers and wildlife advocates—we want to hear your stories.

Create a video up to three minutes long that describes your 501(c)(3) nonprofit’s work, explains what your group is all about, what need you address in your community and how a Land Rover Defender will help support your cause. When the submission window opens for your nonprofit’s area of service, upload your video and supporting materials here on the Land Rover website. The Land Rover team will select three finalists in each category, then voting will open for the public to choose the winning organizations.

Submissions are now open for FIRST RESPONDERS and ANIMAL WELFARE. All materials must be uploaded by June 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Find the full submission and voting schedules in our FAQ section below.

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Submissions are now Open

Submissions are now open! Be sure to upload your video and supporting materials before your category’s deadline, or refer your favorite nonprofit to win a new Defender. Five finalists will be selected, then public voting will open. Read the official contest rules and sign up to receive email alerts when voting begins.

If your nonprofit falls into the following categories, start working on your video now and check back later to enter. Sign up to receive an alert when your category opens for submissions.

FIRST RESPONDERS

Medical first responders, disaster relief, EMTs. No matter what life-saving equipment your team needs when responding to an emergency, the Defender can be fitted to carry it.

Submissions deadline is June 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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ANIMAL WELFARE

Community pounds and shelters, wildlife rescue, veterinary efforts. If the animals you rescue need to travel with you, the Defender can be equipped with accessories and an interior protection pack that make the process seamless.

Submissions deadline is June 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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FIRE SAFETY & RESPONSE

Wildfires, fire management, evacuation and rescue efforts. When your team is called into action, respond fearlessly in the Defender. The unique unibody structure provides triple the torsional rigidity of a body-on-frame design, making it especially durable in extreme environments.

Submissions will open on June 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

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URBAN IMPROVEMENT

Community beautifying, green spaces, home rehabilitation. If your organization needs to transport materials for use in urban projects, the Defender can be equipped with an expedition roof rack that is capable of handling a 291 lb. dynamic load.

Submissions will open on June 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

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ENVIRONMENTAL

Land conservation, air quality monitoring, environmental maintenance. No matter what kind of environment your team serves, the Defender can take you on your mission. A range of 18” to 22” wheels, including off-road tires, will effortlessly carry you over whatever terrain you traverse.

Submissions will open on June 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

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REFER A NONPROFIT

Do you know a nonprofit that’s capable of great things? Fill out the referral form and we will contact your chosen organization(s) with details on how they can be considered for the Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards.

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Voting is now Closed

Voting has closed for the Coastal & Marine Conservation and Search & Rescue categories. Check back on September 2, 2021 to see a full list of winners.

COASTAL & MARINE CONSERVATION

Conservation efforts, marine biology, marine animal rescue, coastal cleanup. If your nonprofit defends the ocean and could use a robust vehicle with a 35.4-inch wading depth,22 we want to hear from you.

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SEARCH & RESCUE

Remote areas, mountain terrain rescues, devastation. The Defender could help your team respond to emergencies in nearly any environment with its advanced terrain and traction control features.

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Only not-for-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status are eligible for the Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards. Each nonprofit must fall into one of seven categories of service: Fire Safety & Response, Coastal & Marine Conservation, Animal Welfare, Environmental, First Responders, Search & Rescue and Urban Improvement.

Create a video that is up to three minutes and demonstrates how your nonprofit goes Above & Beyond to defend your community, the need the organization addresses and how your team would benefit from a customized Defender. Check this page to see if your category’s submission window is currently open and, if so, upload your video and information by clicking “Enter Now.”

All video submissions must include an explanation of:

  • How your organization’s work aligns with the category you’ve chosen to enter
  • How your organization’s activities meet an urgent need in your community
  • How a Land Rover Defender vehicle will help move your organization’s efforts forward and/or expand your reach

Your submission can be filmed professionally or shot on your cell phone—any level of experience is welcome, as long as your footage is recorded in widescreen or a horizontal screen orientation. The video can be up to three minutes long. Do not include music in your submission; any video containing music will be disqualified.

All videos and materials must be submitted via the Land Rover website before each category’s submission window closes.

Submission Schedule:
All submission windows open at 10:00 a.m. EST and close at 11:59 p.m. EST. The submission schedule is subject to change.

Coastal & Marine Conservation: Submissions currently open; submit by April 7, 2021.
Search & Rescue: Submissions currently open; submit by April 7, 2021.
First Responders: Submissions open on May 3. Deadline to submit is June 1, 2021.
Animal Welfare: Submissions open on May 3. Deadline to submit is June 1, 2021.
Fire Safety & Response: Submissions open on June 28. Deadline to submit is July 27, 2021.
Urban Improvement: Submissions open on June 28. Deadline to submit is July 27, 2021.
Environmental: Submissions open on June 28. Deadline to submit is July 27, 2021.

After the submission window closes for each service area, the Land Rover team will select three finalists per category. Finalists will be announced on this page and the vote for winners will open to the public. Click on “Vote Now” to watch the finalists’ videos and cast up to one vote per day, per category, for the nonprofit you feel deserves to win. See the entire voting schedule below.

Public Voting Schedule:
All voting windows open at 10:00 a.m. EST and close at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please note that the voting schedule is subject to change and results will not be available in real time.

Coastal & Marine Conservation: Voting will begin on April 21 and close on May 3, 2021.
Search & Rescue: Voting will begin on April 21 and close on May 3, 2021.
First Responders: Voting will begin on June 16 and close on June 28, 2021.
Animal Welfare: Voting will begin on June 16 and close on June 28, 2021.
Fire Safety & Response: Voting will begin on August 11 and close on August 23, 2021.
Urban Improvement: Voting will begin on August 11 and close on August 23, 2021.
Environmental: Voting will begin on August 11 and close on August 23, 2021.

All winners will be revealed publicly on September 2, 2021.

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