Spirit of the Awards

We celebrate the work that often goes unheralded, and the people and organizations that keep our vision for a just world alive. Too frequently, we focus only on the final outcome of a campaign instead of taking a moment to honor the often-unsung heroes behind the scenes. The Community Change Champion Awards were created to do just that: to recognize the people and organizations whose work is making real progress toward social justice. We honor work that reshapes the political landscape and challenges us to press forward toward a better world:

The organizers and leaders who inspire people to identify the changes they need and take action to fight for them.

The public servants who carry the voices of the people with them into the corridors of power.

The artists and thinkers who envision a more just future, and what it will take to get us all there.

The donors and philanthropists who help build a broader movement by connecting people with resources that help them fight for change.

Our partners in the labor movement, who share our commitment to rights and opportunity for hard-working people.

The organizations that bring people together and build their communities with grassroots power.

And the activists who demonstrate bravery, determination and resolve, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable and change seems out of reach.