2016 Civic Impact Award Finalists!

The Center for Civic Innovation launched the Civic Impact Awards to celebrate the people who put in the time and energy day in and day out to change the lives of other people for the better. Without them, the story of Atlanta would be incomplete. We are thrilled to announce the finalists for Atlanta’s second Civic Impact Awards!

Small Business, Big Impact: 
CompostWheels: building resilient local food systems by recycling food nutrients between urban consumers and local urban farmers
PREP Cook | Create | Connect: building and supporting small food businesses in Metro Atlanta by providing state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources, food procurement and guidance
Torinity LLC: developing and implementing community and civic outreach programming of the future

Moving the Needle:
Atlanta Community Food Bank: engaging, educating, and empowering Atlanta to fight hunger
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation: creating safe and stable homes and families by inspiring attorneys to fight for equal justice
Youth Spark: advocating for youth who are in need of legal and adult protection in abusive and exploitative situations

Investing in Innovation: 
Decatur Education Foundation: harnessing community resources to provide educational and enrichment opportunities for all Decatur youth
Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Foundation: Advancing The Herndon legacy to educate, mentor, and equip the next generation of entrepreneurs
Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative: providing unprecedented access to the human, educational and financial capital to empower early stage company-building entrepreneurs, who happen to be women

Innovation in Government:
Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability: embedding sustainability best practices into Atlanta city government and across the community
Atlanta Regional Commission: working with local, state and federal governments, as well as businesses and nonprofit partners, to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future
Fulton County Registration and Elections: working to promote early voting and ensure that all voters are enfranchised

Good Troublemaker: 
Kwajelyn Jackson: working to achieve reproductive justice, which will be achieved when all people have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, sexuality, and reproduction
Phi Nguyen: working through Vietnamese Voices to increase civic engagement among Vietnamese Americans and all underrepresented communities of color
Jonathan Rapping: working to end mass incarceration through his organization Gideon's Promise, building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities

Creative Impact: 
Jessica Caldas: creating space for conversation and reflection on topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and mental health through art and bringing together of different perspectives
Moving in the Spirit: a dance program for youth that combines modern dance training with performance opportunities, social-emotional learning, mentoring and leadership development
Out on Film: Atlanta's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender film festival
Spark Corps: a design non-profit specializing in branding and design strategy for non-profits and social impact organizations

Corporate Civic Impact:
Creative Mischief: a full-service branding and marketing agency committed to improving our Atlanta community by helping non-profits that are understaffed and underfunded achieve their visions
King & Spalding: a 130+ year old international law firm that annually partners with more than 40 nonprofits, investing over than 4,200 community service hours and 17,000 pro bono service hours in areas including domestic violence, homelessness, and asylum seekers
Wayfield Foods: providing great and nutritious food at the lowest price while empowering and educating our community about healthy living.


A huge congratulations to these amazing finalists! Winners from each category will be announced at the

Civic Impact Awards
Thursday, December 8, 6:00 p.m.
M. Rich Building

To join CCI in celebration of Atlanta’s most dedicated movers and shakers, 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Civic Impact Awards as well. To learn more, please visit our website.