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The Civil Society Awards recognize the best of America’s next generation of nonprofit leaders who have found innovative ways to solve our most serious public problems.

The Manhattan Institute pursues an aggressive reform agenda to ensure that all students receive a quality education. It is centered on four tenets: meaningful preparation for either college or the workforce; a focus on effective schools in all sectors; holding schools accountable, through systems that recognize the value of diverse outcomes tied to student needs; and policies to insure that schools are safe environments for students and staff.

The Manhattan Institute’s health policy team promotes policy reforms that empower patients and consumers by encouraging competition, transparency, accountability, and innovation. Our goal is a 21st century health care marketplace that better utilizes technology and new business models to offer consumers more accessible, higher quality care at a more affordable price.

In modern America, the rule of law is increasingly being eroded by trial lawyers, prosecutors, and socially oriented shareholder activists that manipulate legal rules to achieve policy objectives outside the normal bounds of legislative action and administrative rulemaking. Manhattan Institute studies civil litigation, overcriminalization and corporate governance to assess these trends and formulate policy solutions.

The Manhattan Institute brings cool-headed analysis to discussions of race, family, and society. MI raises questions about the limits of social policy and government welfare programs to achieve a crucial American goal: improve the lives of the minority poor.

The Manhattan Institute develops innovative ideas - grounded in fiscal responsibility - to help state and local policymakers deliver strong economies, good schools, and safe neighborhoods.

Beginning with groundbreaking work in the 1980s on policing and welfare reform, the Manhattan Institute has consistently aimed at helping governments perform their vital, core responsibilities. MI has especially focused on ways to ensure that public services are effective and efficient in our cities, where new economic ideas are born.