The Civvys


The American Civic Collaboration Awards

Celebrating Partnerships that Strengthen America


The 2019 Civvys are Coming!

In its third year, the American Civic Collaboration Awards will continue to highlight outstanding efforts of civic collaboration making impacts in local, national and youth communities.

Nominations will be open from June 17 - July 12, 2019. You can check back at this site for a link to the nomination form.

We will celebrate all winners and finalists in an awards ceremony at the National Conference on Citizenship in October.

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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.

Since its inaugural year, the Civvys have highlighted outstanding efforts of civic collaboration making impacts in National, Local and Youth communities.

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.


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


2019 Review Committee

We are pleased to have on board with us this year a committee of distinguished reviewers, including several who have served as Civvys judges for multiple years. We are also pleased to welcome some 2018 winners to the review committee. We are grateful for the involvement of this dedicated group, and the Civvys would truly not be possible without them lending their time and talents.


Betsy Wright Hawkings | Program Director, Governance, Democracy Fund (2017, 2018 Review Committee)


Sterling Speirn | Chief Executive Officer, National Conference on Citizenship (2018 Review Committee)


Peter Levine | Associate Dean for Research, Tufts University (2017, 2018 Review Committee)


Lisa Matthews | Program Director, National Conference on Citizenship (2018 Review Committee)


John Richter | Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center (2018 Review Committee)


Louise Dubé | Executive Director, iCivics (2018 Winner, National)


Martin Carcasson | Director, CSU Center for Public Deliberation (2018 Winner, Local)


Nancy Rose, Chief Operating Officer at EducationNC and FirstVote (2018 Winner, Youth)


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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.