Halloween is coming fast, which means the holidays, and all the related giving that goes along with it, are right behind. The end of the year also marks 7x7's Favorite Charities contest, created in partnership with fellow San Francisco native Pacific Gas and Electric Company. It's our fourth year running, and it’s your nominations and votes that help recognize the organizations that you think are doing the most good in San Francisco.

In true 7x7 fashion, we'll be recognizing seven finalists. The top six will be taking home $2,000 grants from PG&E. But, one who garners the most votes will have their holidays brightened with a total of $10,000.

While it feels good to give, it never hurts to receive too. Anyone who nominates has a chance to join in the celebration by automatically being entered to win a pair of tickets to 7x7’s “Giving Season” holiday event, where the Favorite Charity awards will be presented.

Let us know which charity you are passionate about and who is helping those here in San Francisco. They just might end up with added help for the holidays.

Check out last year's winners here and 2011's winners here. (This year, the rules have changed! Only the grand prize winners are not eligible to enter; former top 7 finalists can!)

Ready?  Here’s a breakdown of how it will all go down:

Nominate: September 26 - October 11

Vote: Top 49 October 16 - November 12

Vote: Top 7 November 13 - November 29

Celebrate: Winner Announced the first week of December (TBD)