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A Meaningful Way to Give This Holiday Season

A Meaningful Way to Give This Holiday SeasonIt’s the last day to nominate a local nonprofit for a chance to win a $20,000 grant. 

At Thanksgiving dinner last week, my family vowed not to get each other Christmas gifts this year. We already have so much to be thankful for, we said. It’s true. But we probably will end up getting each other a little something—because we always say we won’t, and we always do. That’s the holidays at my house. 

This year I’d like to be creative and give something more meaningful. We are all proud of our hometowns and our adopted hometowns—Detroit;  New York; Washington, D.C.; Lancaster, Pennsylvania—and we all care about and want to support our local communities. For many families, gift donations to a favorite charity are the perfect way to do that. Find a local nonprofit organization and donate money in honor of a friend or family member. 

Another way you can shine a light on an organization is by nominating them for a national award; they may even win a substantial prize to help them continue their mission. The Renewal Awards is looking to do just that. 

In its second year, The Renewal Awards honors organizations that exhibit ingenuity and creativity in solving their community’s biggest challenges. This award from The Atlantic, underwritten by Allstate, will honor local organizations that are creating innovative solutions in their neighborhoods. 

Five nonprofit organizations will receive a grant from Allstate for $20,000 to continue their work. 

The Renewal Awards’ judges will select a winner in each of the following categories: 

  • Allstate Youth Empowerment: Organizations that support youth growth and development
  • Neighborhood Revitalization: Projects focused on rebuilding communities
  • Ingenuity: Honoring projects that promote simple yet creative solutions to solve complex problems
  • Self-Starter: Underdog organizations founded without substantial support from large funders
  • Community Action: Creating change and opportunity for underserved communities 

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 30. Go to the nomination page on Read a complete breakdown of The Renewal Awards’ official rules here

Support the local organizations that are important to you and your family. Make it a new holiday tradition.  

Margaret_Myers-cropped.jpgMargaret Myers is an editor with Atlantic Media Strategies, where she oversees Previously, she was the digital news editor for PBS NewsHour and an editor for She also led the features department at the Amarillo Globe-News in west Texas. She proudly hails from metro Detroit.

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