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.”