Atlanta's story is special. It is home to some of the world's most powerful social movements. The city is built on a history of people coming together to tackle challenges bigger than their own. Today, while not always the public narrative of Atlanta, that spirit of organizing and progress is alive in the city. Every day, we meet people who are on the ground, tackling inequality in topics like education, food security, criminal justice, and more.

We are launching the Civic Impact Awards to celebrate the people who put in the time and energy day in and day out, not for credit, but to change the lives of other people for the better. Without them, the story of Atlanta is incomplete.

Do you know a person, organization or business doing what it takes to really move the needle on some of our cities toughest issues?



Investing in Innovation Award: this award is for an Atlanta-based foundation that, instead of investing in the same old same, made investments in programs or services that advance a new idea or thought.

Corporate Civic Impact Award: this award is for a corporation that went above and beyond to make their hometown of Atlanta better. This corporation represents how cities and businesses can work together to solve systemic social challenges.  

Small Business, Big Impact Award: this award is for a small business in Atlanta that has improved its neighborhood or community in a positive way. 

Innovation in Government Award: this award is for a government agency at the local (city, county, region, state) level that broke through the status quo and tried something new or different in effort to make government more innovative, effective, and/or participatory.

Atlanta Creative Impact Award: this award is for an organization that uses art, film, music, or culture as a vehicle for social impact in Atlanta. We want to recognize the work of creatives in Atlanta and their role in making Atlanta a better city.

Civic Troublemaker Award [Awarding an Individual]: in the spirit of Congressman John Lewis, we want to recognize a person that has been creating "good trouble" for Atlanta. We are looking for those who are tireless advocates for those whose voice goes unheard. We want to recognize a strong advocate and champion for the city of Atlanta.


All nominees must be based in the Greater Atlanta area. For corporations and large organizations, home office must be located in Atlanta and scope of work related to the nomination must be locally focused.

Nominees must uphold the Center for Civic Innovation’s values of:

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Authenticity of work, action and reason
  • Engagement of the community in which they serve
  • Focus on true impact, not short-term fixes

Once the nomination process closes, nominees will be contacted with information about the Civic Impact Awards and next steps for their participation.