The Civvys


The American Civic Collaboration Awards

Celebrating Partnerships that Strengthen America


The 2018 Civvys 

In its second year, the American Civic Collaboration Awards will continue to highlight outstanding efforts of civic collaboration making impacts in local, national and youth communities. Awardees and finalists were celebrated at the National Conference on Citizenship in October 2018. 

Nominations closed on July 13, 2018. Finalists were announced in August. 

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Read more about our criteria below.

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Award Categories and Criteria

The Civvys celebrate best practices in civic collaboration that put community and nation before party, ideology and narrow interests.

In its inaugural year, the Civvys highlighted outstanding efforts of civic collaboration making impacts in National, Local and Youth communities. Since this is an election year, the 2018 Civvys will include a new category, “Political,” focusing on campaigns and leaders that make collaboration and civility a core part of their message and operations.

Award Categories

National: These projects are nationwide in scope and audience.

Local: These projects are designed to serve a local, state or regional community.

Youth: These projects have a focus on children, teenagers or young adults.

Political: This category celebrates collaborative political leadership, problem solving and campaigns.


We are looking for a range of projects, programs and people that use civic collaboration best practices to achieve real results in facilitating dialogue, enabling cross-partisan action, or putting civility and community above ideology. Here are some of the criteria the awards committee will consider:

Collaborative practices. To what extent does this work use civic collaboration best practices to achieve results?

Impact. Who has this work had an impact on, and in what ways?

Scalability. Is this work something that can easily be expanded to have a greater impact? Is it something that can appeal across geographic regions, or be used to effect change in other civics topics or challenges?

In addition, the Civvys celebrates programs and people that:

  • Engages a representative and diverse set of stakeholders

  • Cultivates civility and mutual respect

  • Creates meaningful shared goals for those involved, using the process of co-creation

  • Provides effective facilitation and support throughout the process

  • Develops or utilizes metrics to measure outcomes


Review Committee

We are pleased to have on board with us this year a committee of distinguished reviewers, including three of our judges from 2017. Three of our 2017 award winners have also signed on to serve as judges this year. Our 2018 review committee includes:


Betsy Wright Hawkings | Program Director, Governance, Democracy Fund (2017 Review Committee)

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Amy Lee | Program Officer, Kettering Foundation




David Ehrlichman | Partner, Converge




Peter Levine | Associate Dean for Research, Tufts University (2017 Review Committee)


Lisa Matthews | Program Director, National Conference on Citizenship 


Jody Thomas | Executive Director, National Foundation for Women Legislators (2017 Winner, National)


Bruce Mallory | Co-Director, New Hampshire Listens (2017 Winner, Local)


David Sawyer | Partner, Converge


(2017 Review Committee)




Dan Xie | Political Director,  Student PIRGs (2017 Winner, Youth)


Peter Weichlein | CEO, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (2017 Finalist, National)


Brenna Kehew Sculley | Director of Policy and External Relations, National Foundation for Women Legislators


John Richter | Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center




Sterling Speirn | Chief Executive Officer, National Conference on Citizenship


Michele Holt-Shannon | Co-Director, New Hampshire Listens (2017 Winner, Local)


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Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
— Henry Ford

Meet the winners and finalists of the inaugural year of the Civvys.