New Orleans (March 27, 2018)—At a symposium in New Orleans today, The Atlantic and Allstate will announce winners of the third annual Renewal Awards, honoring nonprofits across the country for their innovative, grassroots approach to driving change in their communities and bringing progress to the country. Five winners and five runners-up were selected for the third annual award, which comes with $150,000 in grants from Allstate, the sponsor of the awards, to further their work.
This year’s Renewal Award recipients—based in Austin; Hazleton, Pennsylvania; Memphis; New Orleans; and Oakland—offer vastly different services with a common underpinning: to expand the scale of opportunity for a diversifying America. Many of this year’s winners are focused on building bridges to the social and economic mainstream for populations that have been excluded but are growing. Their work includes serving low-income or disadvantaged populations by offering job and entrepreneurship opportunities, mentorship, and educational resources. The winners have affected thousands of lives and serve as role models for other organizations grappling with how to drive change in communities across the country.
“The Renewal Awards are an important component in The Atlantic’s broad journalistic commitment to covering the way local communities are addressing challenges through bottom-up innovation and creativity,” said Bob Cohn, president of The Atlantic. “We’re grateful to Allstate for generously supporting the awards program and for its partnership on The Renewal Project.”