The Civvys


The American Civic Collaboration Awards

Celebrating Partnerships that Strengthen America


The 2019 Civvys are here.

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

The nomination period closed on July 15, 2019 — and we received a record-breaking number of nominees, double from 2018! You can see the list of finalists and honorable mentions here.

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

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Read on for more about our criteria and review committee.

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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 supports dialogue 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.


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


Kayla Demonte | Managing Director, Citizen University


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


Betsy Wright Hawkings | Article One Advisors, LLC (2017, 2018 Review Committee)


Lisa Matthews | Program Director, National Conference on Citizenship


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


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


Sterling Speirn | Chief Executive Officer, National Conference on Citizenship


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


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