Based in New York City, the Manhattan Institute is a free-market think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility. For nearly twenty years, the institute has sought to support and advance America’s long tradition of civil society organizations and leaders who, with the help of volunteers and private philanthropy, work to address and prevent the nation’s most serious public problems.
The organization currently is accepting nominations for its 2020 Civil Society Awards, which were created by the institute to reinvigorate public understanding of America’s historically vibrant civil society and honor nonprofit leaders who take it upon themselves to address or prevent social challenges and work toward a common purpose in their communities. These inspiring individuals and their organizations rely on philanthropy and volunteers — rather than government support — to empower the poor and disadvantaged, build caring relationships to support those in crisis, prepare the next generation to realize their full potential, restore and revitalize struggling neighborhoods, and much more.
Through the program, four winners will each receive a $25,000 award for their efforts to keep the social fabric from fraying, assist those who need it most, and help people change the course of their lives.
In 2019, the winners were selected from more than one hundred nominations of civil society organizations located in fifty-six cities across the United States. Nominees are evaluated by a selection committee composed of Manhattan Institute staff and external judges.
Those looking to nominate a nonprofit must complete the short nomination form by March 20, 2020.
For additional information, including eligibility criteria and a list of past award winners, see the Civil Society Awards page on the Manhattan Institute website.