The very first Project for Awesome was organized in 2007, and has been held each December since. This year, Project for Awesome is December 15th (beginning at 12:00pm EST) to December 17th (ending at 11:59am EST).
During Project for Awesome, thousands of people post videos about and advocating for charities that decrease the overall level of world suck. As a community, we promote these videos and raise money for the charities.
In 2016, the community raised over $2,000,000, including several generous matching donations. The donations were split between two organizations chosen by John & Hank — Save the Children & Partners in Health — along with twenty charities chosen by the online video community.
Legally speaking, the Project for Awesome is a project of the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, a Montana-based 501(c)3 charitable organization. You can see a list of all the charities that the FTDWS has disbursed money to in the past here.