15 Nonprofit Finalists, chosen from among 9,300 nominations, represent nine states and Washington, D.C.
Voting open through March 1
Press Release – February 11, 2019—Fifteen nonprofits from across the country have been chosen from nearly 9,300 nominations to be named finalists in The Renewal Awards, a project of The Atlantic and Allstate. The national competition—now in its fourth year—recognizes local organizations driving positive change in their communities and bringing progress to the country.
The competition now turns to public voting, which opens today and runs through March 1. Voting details and a profile of each finalist can be found at The Atlantic. Five winners will be announced on April 3 in New York City at The Atlantic’s Renewal Summit, where each will receive a $20,000 grant from Allstate, the sponsor of the awards, to further their work.
The 15 finalist organizations have transformed their communities by creating solutions to some of the most pressing—and often overlooked—challenges. Many of this year’s finalists, who come from localities of all sizes and represent nine states and Washington, D.C., are dedicated to serving and empowering low-income populations by harnessing the positive effects of community-building, creativity, and technology.
“From New York to California, and Oregon to Kentucky, this year’s Renewal Award finalists testify to the creativity, tenacity, and determination of the grassroots innovators rejuvenating communities around the country,” said Ronald Brownstein, senior editor of The Atlantic. “We are proud to help shine a spotlight on the work of our extraordinary finalists and to give the public a chance to learn more about them. Their collective message is that even with all of the conflict and stalemate of national politics, America’s capacity to renew itself from the bottom up remains as vibrant as ever.”
“Allstate makes The Renewal Awards possible because we know good ideas start at the local level, and there are many creative ways to drive positive change in communities,” said Stacy Sharpe, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations of Allstate. “We also know from the vast number of applicants that the need is great—but so too is the creativity and diversity among changemakers across the country. We are proud to support the organizations and individuals working hard to make their neighborhoods stronger.”
The Renewal Awards drew nearly 9,300 nominations, three times the number of nominations in 2018. The 2019 finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Allstate Youth Empowerment Award Finalists // Selected by Allstate, an organization that exemplifies a commitment to empowering younger generations with the strength, confidence and skills to become successful leaders.
Winners are selected through a combination of public voting and evaluations by a panel of judges: Anne Marie Burgoyne, Emerson Collective; Cesar Espinosa, For Families and Their Education; Charlie Dent, former representative from Pennsylvania; Kate Nack, The Allstate Foundation; Marilyn Strickland, president and CEO of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and former mayor of Tacoma, Washington; Mick Cornett, former mayor of Oklahoma City; Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans; Ron Brownstein of The Atlantic; and two 2018 Renewal winners, Bob Curry of the Hazleton Integration Project in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and Melissa Sawyer with the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans.
Started in 2015, The Renewal Awards spotlight grassroots solutions to challenges faced by communities around the country and the people making a positive difference. The awards are the flagship initiative of The Renewal Project, The Atlantic and Allstate’s broader partnership that spotlights innovation and celebrates change-makers in local communities. To date 16 organizations have received more than $300,000 in grants from Allstate to further their work. To learn more about the awards, and read about past winners, please visit TheRenewalProject.com.