The Civic Impact Awards Were Amazing!

Last night, over 150 community leaders came together in Atlanta to celebrate finalists for the Center for Civic Innovation’s first annual Civic Impact Awards. The finalists were people and organizations in our city who are on the ground, day in and day out, taking action in our communities.

There was great table conversation, amazing food from Aviva by Kameel, jams from Gritz and Jelly Butter, and a sing-off. Yes, a sing-off! After that, we celebrated 23 finalists.

Here are our finalists and  the eight winners for the evening:

Nonprofit Moving the Needle Award

Finalists: 
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE)
Community Farmers Markets
Community Guilds
PowerMyLearning

Winner: Community Guilds!
Children are our future and Community Guilds is making sure every child gets an equal opportunity to learn STEAM or science, technology, engineering, and math plus the arts in their flagship program STE(A)M truck.

Corporate Civic Impact Award

Finalists:
Creative Loafing
King of Pops
MailChimp

Winner: King of Pops!
It’s one thing to provide healthy, yummy food to people, but it’s another to make a civic impression on the community that you serve. King of Pops is doing that with their yoga in Old Fourth Ward and their holiday initiative to send little elves to deliver and pick up Christmas trees for the holidays! After it’s picked up, the tree is mulched and composted at their farm to help grow organic fruit for future product!

Innovation in Government Award

Finalists:
Atlanta Workforce Development Authority
Invest Atlanta
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Winner: Invest Atlanta!
Invest Atlanta encourages investment in Atlanta’s community by attracting entrepreneurs and businesses. Their goal is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy by providing economic opportunities for its citizens. They are working with bicycle oriented transit and affordable home buying near the Beltline!  

Investing in Innovation Award

Finalists:
Awesome Foundation
East Lake Foundation
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Winner: East Lake Foundation!
No one would believe the dangerous and impoverished place that East Lake Meadows was before the foundation was started. However, it has transformed this community thanks to investment in programs that provide mixed-income housing, Cradle-to-college education and learning garden and urban farming!

Small business, Big Impact Award

Finalists:
Bearings Bike Shop
Boardwalk Capital Management
Honeysuckle Gelato

Winner: Bearings Bike Shop!
Bicycles instill the confidence and learning skills that kids need to be successful in life. Bearings Bike Shop is providing that opportunity for kids in the community!

Creative Impact Award

Finalists:
Atlanta Music Project
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Lucky Penny

Winners (tie): Atlanta Music Project & The Lucky Penny!
Often times, two is better than one and these two music and arts projects are making a commitment to creativity and artistry. They believe arts has the power to influence people to change their community.

Troublemaker Award

Finalists:
Ken Higa (Perkins + Will)
Mark Kendall (Dad's Garage)
Gerald Weber (Southern Center for Human Rights, Law Offices of Gerry Weber, LC)

Winner: Gerald Weber (Southern Center for Human Rights, Law Offices of Gerry Weber, LC)!
We may all need a good lawyer in some point of our lives, so what’s better than one that is dedicated and passionate? Gerald Weber is still relatively young, but he aims high. His work has allowed him to be recognized as a top achiever and someone to watch in the 21st century. He works with civil liberty, human rights, and constitutional law cases.