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 progress toward social justice a reality. 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 CCC’s 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.
Quinn Delaney, President of Akonadi Foundation
George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East
Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director of OneAmerica
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera
Frances Fox Piven, Professor of Political Science CUNY
Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Arizona’s 7th District
Communications Workers of America
Paulette Meyer and David Friedman
Ohio Organizing Collaborative Award
Mary Kay Henry
Angelica Salas and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips
Katrina vanden Heuvel and The Nation
Dorsey Nunn and All of Us or None
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Jonathan and Connie Heller
Arnie Graf and the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation
Anthony “Marc” Perrone
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Champion in Philanthropic Leadership
Champion in Community Activism
Champion in Community Organizing
Champion in Labor Partnership
Emerging Change Champion
These awards are all about honoring an outstanding group of leaders in the fight for economic equity and social justice. Each year we celebrate social justice heroes – both sung and unsung – who have dedicated their work and, in some cases, their lifetimes to change the lives of low-income people and people of color across the country.
The Emerging Change Champion Award was established by the Center for Community Change and the Petra Foundation to recognize emerging or overlooked champions of change, who work to build power for greater social and economic justice in low income communities, specifically low income communities of color. The application for nominating potential Emerging Change Champions is now closed.
Nominate a Champion
The Emerging Change Champion Award was established by the Center for Community Change and the Petra Foundation to recognize emerging or overlooked champions of change, who work to build power for greater social and economic justice in low income communities, specifically low income communities of color. With this award, the Center for Community Change will acknowledge an up-and-coming leader who has demonstrated high levels of leadership and promise, with the potential to reach beyond organizational boundaries to build a broader movement.
Individuals nominated for the Emerging Change Champion Award should display a combination of activism and thought, force of character, independence of judgment, and clarity of expression.