Photo by Jordan McLeod

Photo by Jordan McLeod

For immediate release - Thursday, December 15, 2016

ATLANTA, GA - On Thursday, December 8, 2016, the Center for Civic Innovation held Atlanta’s second annual Civic Impact Awards. Atlanta is home to some of the world's most powerful social movements. 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 is incomplete.

Community members submitted nearly 200 nominations for seven award categories. With the assistance of outside judges, CCI narrowed those nominations down to 22 semi-finalists. Nine winners were announced at the Civic Impact Awards:

  • The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation won the Nonprofit Moving the Needle Award for their work in Thomasville Heights keeping students in safe, stable homes to build a striving school system.

  • Wayfield Foods won the Corporate Civic Impact Award for their commitment to using their grocery stores to educate the community on healthy living.

  • The Investing in Innovation category had a tie between the Decatur Education Foundation for their work providing educational opportunities for all Decatur youth and the City of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative for their investments in early stage entrepreneurs who happen to be women.

  • CompostWheels won the Small Business, Big Impact Award for building resilient local food systems by recycling food nutrients between urban consumers and local urban farmers.

  • The Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections won the Innovation in Government Award for the impact of their efforts promoting and expanding early voting for the November 2016 election.

  • In the Creative Impact category, there was a tie between Jessica Caldas for her work using art to create conversation about domestic violence and mental health and Out on Film for their excellent LGBT film festival.

  • The Good Troublemaker Award went to Jonathan Rapping for his work through his organization Gideon’s Promise to end mass incarceration through well-trained and supported public defenders.

“Atlanta is often its harshest critic and for all the right reasons. We have a lot of work to do. The awardees represent people and organizations that have dedicated their life to do this hard work. Celebrating them is a celebration of our history and the amazing things ahead for this city’s future,” commented Rohit Malhotra, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation.


The Center for Civic Innovation empowers people to shape the future of their city. We do this through advocacy events, a resource hub and training center for social enterprises, and a fellowship program that invests in Atlanta’s emerging leaders.

For more information:
Melonie Tharpe
Programs Director
Center for Civic Innovation