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2019 Civil Society Awards

David Brooks The New York Times
Howard Husock Master of Ceremonies
Megan Rose Better Together
Kevin White & Kim Turner Newburgh Performing Arts Academy
Florence Phillips ESL In-Home Program of Nevada
Steve Shelton Trade Institute of Pittsburgh
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 New York, N.Y.

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2019 Civil Society Awards

Wednesday October 16
Wednesday October 16 2019
PAST EVENT Wednesday October 16 2019

Editor’s note: Video from the event will be available shortly.


The New York Times
David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and the Executive Director of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. Weave seeks to renew America’s social fabric by building relationships and deep connections across differences in communities. He is the author of several books, including The Road to Character, a #1 New York Times bestseller. His most recent book, The Second Mountain, also a New York Times bestseller, was released in April 2019.

Civil Society Award Recipients:

Better Together, Naples, FL
Better Together strengthens families and communities by promoting work, protecting children, and supporting families in crisis. With the help of compassionate volunteers and church communities, Better Together helps build lasting support systems that empower the whole family and reduce the need for foster care.

Newburgh Performing Arts Academy, Newburgh, NY
Newburgh Performing Arts Academy provides professional dance, music, theater, and visual arts instruction to children in one of the most dangerous cities in New York. The academy helps at-risk youth build self-esteem, improve their academic performance, and develop the discipline necessary to achieve success in all areas of life.

ESL In-Home Program of Nevada, Carson City, NV
English as a Second Language (ESL) In-Home Program of Nevada uses a wide network of community volunteers to teach English and citizenship preparation to those in need. At no cost to the student, the tutoring program helps people improve their lives and become more productive members of American society.

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh provides training and employment opportunities for ex-offenders looking to rebuild their lives and for at-risk high school graduates. With a growing local need for skilled workers in the trades—masonry, carpentry, and welding—the institute provides a solid pathway to a steady job and livable wage.

Do you know someone deserving of a Civil Society Award? The Manhattan Institute welcomes nominations on a rolling basis. To tell us about an outstanding individual, and their nonprofit organization, who is contributing to a vibrant civil society in your community, please visit our nomination page

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For nearly 20 years, Manhattan Institute has sought to advance America’s long tradition of civil society by honoring nonprofit leaders who address and prevent some of our most pressing public problems.

With the help of volunteers and philanthropy, civil-society organizations 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.

Formerly known as the Social Entrepreneurship Awards, the 2019 Civil Society Awards and a $25,000 prize were presented to four inspiring nonprofits whose work—outside of government—strengthens our communities and keeps our social fabric from fraying.

To learn more about the Civil Society Awards, please click here.


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Civil Society Awards

The Civil Society Awards, formerly known as the Social Entrepreneurship Awards, recognize nonprofit leaders who have identified a significant social challenge in their community and developed an effective solution through private means and effort. These individuals address America's most pressing needs and problems, while helping to keep our social fabric from fraying.

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