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Most frequently asked questions about The Renewal Awards

Since 2015, The Atlantic and Allstate have honored 30 local organizations that are creating positive change in their communities.

Update, July 16, 2020: The Atlantic and Allstate have announced the winners of the 2020 Renewal Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the annual program honors nonprofits that are creatively solving problems in their communities. The five winning organizations, selected from 13,000 nominations, each will receive a $40,000 prize from The Atlantic and Allstate.

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What are The Renewal Awards?

The Renewal Awards are a program from The Atlantic and Allstate that recognizes the social innovation demonstrated by thousands of nonprofits that are finding creative solutions to America’s most pressing problems.

How can I nominate a nonprofit to win a Renewal Award?

Nominations for the 2020 Renewal Awards are closed. Keep up with the latest news about the awards by subscribing to The Renewal Project’s newsletter, Renewal 365.

What do they win?

Five winners will each receive $40,000 in funding over two years from The Atlantic and Allstate; one of the winners will additionally be presented with the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award.

How are nominations evaluated?

A panel of judges from The Atlantic will evaluate all nominations based on the nonprofit’s unique approach to creating positive change; the impact it’s had to date; information available from nonprofit resources such as GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and GreatNonprofits; and a short answer submitted by the nominator.

What is the awards process?

After nominations close at 6 p.m. EST on Dec. 10, 2019, a small team selected by The Atlantic will begin evaluating the nominees to identify an initial group of 50 semifinalists. From there, 15 finalists will be selected by The Atlantic in late February 2020. The finalists will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of external judges that will select five winners. The winners will be announced in the summer of 2020.

Where can I read the official rules?

The official rules are here on The Atlantic‘s website.

How is The Renewal Project related to The Renewal Awards?

The Renewal Project is an Allstate platform that tells the stories of problem-solvers across the country, including Renewal Award winners.

How can I learn more?

You can contact RenewalAwards@theatlantic.com for more information about The Renewal Awards.

The Renewal Project

The Renewal Project is Allstate’s platform to support local problem solvers who are strengthening their neighborhoods block by block.