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In a time of divisiveness, an award for collaboration: The Civvys open call for nominations through July 12

Looking for some good news in a sea of political gridlock, entrenched bickering, and partisan rancor?

The American Civic Collaboration Awards, or the Civvys, are the only national awards programcdedicated to celebrating projects that emphasize working together across divides to strengthen communities and empower citizens. By leveraging collaboration as a core strength, these initiatives put community and nation before party, ideology, and narrow interests, embodying a civic spirit that inspires other Americans to take action.

Now in its third year, the Civvys will accept nominations in the National, Local, and Youth categories from June 17-July 12 2019. These awards are among the most impactful and visible aspects of the civic renewal movement, hosted by the Bridge Alliance Education Fund, Big Tent Nation, and the National Conference on Citizenship – key leaders in this space.

Previous years have highlighted efforts such as student-led public interest research groups; a digital civics educational platform; and a junior city council led by dedicated middle-schoolers in Alabama, among other inspiring winners and finalists. Nominations are evaluated by a distinguished review committee, comprised of thought leaders in government, civic engagement, philanthropy, and media including:

  •  Betsy Wright Hawkings, Democracy Fund
  •  Peter Levine, Tufts University
  •  John Richter, Bipartisan Policy Center
  •  Sterling Speirn, National Conference on Citizenship
  •  Lisa Matthews, National Conference on Citizenship
  •  Louise Dubé, iCivics (2018 National Winner)
  •  Nancy Rose, FirstVote NC (2018 Youth Winner)
  •  Martin Carcasson, CSU Center for Public Deliberation (2018 Local Winner)

The awards will be presented in October 2019 during the National Conference on Citizenship; a distinguished event that brings together the best minds in civic engagement. Nominations can be made online at beginning Monday, June 17. Anyone is welcome to nominate a person, organization, project, or campaign through Friday, July 12, 2019.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Caroline Klibanoff:


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