February 11, 2019

Help a nonprofit win $20,000 from Allstate—Vote for The Renewal Awards!

The Atlantic and Allstate announce this year’s Renewal Awards finalists. Now through March 1, the public has a chance to vote.

The Renewal Awards winners will be announced at an event on April 3 in New York City. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know.

The Atlantic and Allstate just announced the finalists for this year’s Renewal Awards—and now it’s time for the public to weigh in. Vote for one of these 15 nonprofits, listed below in alphabetical order, to help them win a $20,000 prize from Allstate. Five winners, including the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award, will be announced at an event on April 3 in New York City. Voting closes March 1, so spread the word and vote today!

Vote for The Renewal Awards

This list of finalists was whittled down from over 9,000 nominations, which were submitted last fall.

Results from the public voting period, plus evaluation from a panel of judges, will determine the winners. Sign up for The Renewal Project’s newsletter to receive updates, including the announcement of the winners.
For a complete breakdown of the Renewal Awards’ official rules, please refer to the official rules document here. For more information, read these frequently asked questions, or visit TheAtlantic.com.

Here are the 15 finalists:

9 Dots

9 Dots partners with K-6 schools in low-income communities to provide fun and rigorous computer science classes. This programming prepares thousands of low-income students, girls, and students of color to pursue higher education, compete for 21st century jobs, and become informed citizens and leaders in the new digital age.

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming and education. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, California.

Adelante Mujeres

Founded in 2002, Adelante Mujeres was created to focus on the needs of marginalized immigrant Latina women in Oregon. Adelante Mujeres provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low-income Latina women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community.


For 50 years, Appalshop has used cultural organizing and place-based media, arts, and education to amplify unheard voices of Appalachian people to connect their vision and insight with others. Appalshop’s work has demonstrated the power of arts and culture to create meaningful social and economic change.

Arts for the Aging

Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA) is a social services organization that serves the greater Washington D.C. area. AFTA engages older adults and care partners in combating isolation, sparking imagination, and spreading joy and better health through regular participation in the multidisciplinary arts. AFTA’s therapeutic and customized interventions focus especially on those experiencing aging-related physical and cognitive impairments, and can include trainings for practitioners in structured improvisation methods.

Bicycle Collective

Bicycle Collective is a group of nonprofit bike shops that refurbishes bicycles by the thousands each year and puts them into the hands of those in need. It’s an upcycling factory that provides transportation to low-income Utahns while teaching people how to fix bikes and reduce waste.

College to Congress

College to Congress (C2C) is building a more diverse and effective Congress by empowering the next generation of leaders to launch their careers in public service. They do this by recruiting, training, and providing fully funded internships to talented students from low-income backgrounds to intern in Congress. In less than three years, C2C has partnered with a bipartisan group of 60 members of Congress and has sponsored 35 students, all while connecting hundreds of other students from lower- and middle-class backgrounds to positions on Capitol Hill.

The Compton Initiative

The Compton Initiative is a nonprofit organization with a 40-year commitment to restore the City of Compton by painting homes, schools, and churches in partnership with individual volunteers and other organizations. Starting in 2006 with a small group of volunteers eager to show love and inspire hope, the organization has grown to thousands of caring workers of all ages and backgrounds.

Emma’s Torch

Emma’s Torch is a nonprofit restaurant based in New York that provides culinary training and job placement services to refugees, asylum-seekers, and survivors of human trafficking. Emma’s Torch believes in changing the world one dish at a time.

Grow Dat

At Grow Dat, 85 young adults from across New Orleans come together in a safe, welcoming space to learn about sustainable agriculture, food justice, and community leadership. Young people collaborate each year to grow 25,000 pounds of food for their communities and donate about 7,000 pounds of harvest to local social justice organizations.

Space to Grow

Space to Grow transforms under-utilized schoolyards in low-income Chicago communities into vibrant, green outdoor spaces where kids can play, learn, and thrive. Space to Grow schoolyards also incorporate landscape features that capture significant amounts of water, helping keep the city’s water clean and reducing urban flooding. Space to Grow’s green schoolyards are a win for children, teachers, schools, families, communities, and the entire city.

New Moms

New Moms serves over 800 young moms and children each year through innovative, wrap-around support. For over 35 years, New Moms has helped youth find safe homes, get quality jobs, and strengthen their families. Through innovative programs and the social enterprise candle business Bright Endeavors, we help young families make rapid, lasting change—stabilizing their families and exiting poverty for good.

The New Orleans Junior Journalism Program

The New Orleans Junior Journalism Program inspires, cultivates, and mentors New Orleans area high school students in the field of print, photo, and video journalism. Mentored by local and national media, and working with major events, sports franchises, and cultural stakeholders, JRNOLA students earn media credentials and professional access to cover major events. They also earn publishing opportunities with mainstream news and content partners.


RE-volv raises money through crowdfunding to put solar panels on community-serving nonprofit organizations like homeless shelters, schools, community centers, and houses of worship. As these organizations pay RE-volv back, the nonprofit reinvest the money into more solar projects in underserved communities across the country. It’s a self-perpetuating, pay-it-forward model for solar energy that builds communities and makes them stronger.

Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger is a nonprofit that offers free classes and resources to adult immigrants and refugees. It empowers them to develop skills they need to become self-sufficient, active, productive, thriving members of their communities. Thousands of hours of volunteer labor each year have resulted in over 4,000 students from 104 different countries being served.

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