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Most frequently asked questions about The Renewal Awards

Nominations for the fifth annual Renewal Awards are now open. Nominate a nonprofit here. The awards will be announced in Spring 2020.

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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 opened on Oct. 16, 2019, and they will close at 6 p.m. EST Dec. 10, 2019. Nominate a nonprofit here.

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 6:30 p.m. 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 at the spring 2020 Renewal Summit, in Chicago.

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

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