The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

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All-America Leader Award

To celebrate the work of civically engaged community members, the National Civic League launched the the All-America Leader Award to recognize an individual’s outstanding civic contribution to their community.

Winners will be announced in April 2024 and recognized through the League’s website, newsletter and social media channels. Winners will also be invited to participate and be recognized at the All-America City Award Event. Recipients will be invited to make a presentation about their work during workshops at the awards event, will be featured in the League’s Promising Practices Database and potentially in the National Civic Review


The National Civic League’s All-America Leader Award seeks to recognize individuals who have successfully spearheaded civic engagement efforts in their community. All individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, political affiliation, employment status or any other factor are eligible to be nominated.

Nomination Process:

Applicants must be nominated by a third party to be considered; self-nominations will not be accepted. To nominate someone for the All-America Leader Award, submit a letter not to exceed 500 words describing how the nominated leader meets the following award criteria. A second letter of support may be submitted as well.


  1. Exemplifies the All-America City criteria of impact, inclusiveness, innovation, collaboration, equity and civic engagement.
  2. Has had an impact on the wider community (i.e. What difference did they make?).
  3. Inspired others to get involved to undertake comparable efforts.
  4. Demonstrates the insight and courage to collaborate across lines that usually divide people.

Nomination letters are due by April 1, 2024. If two letters are being sent on behalf of the same nominee, they should be packaged into one email. Letters should not include photos or external links.

Contact [email protected] with questions.

Past Winners

Olivera Jankovska, Dallas, TX (2023)

Jeremy Burnside, Portsmouth, OH (2022)

Hon. Roy Buol, Dubuque, IA (2022)

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Webinars, Interviews and Speeches

This page includes webinars, interviews and speeches covering promising practices around the country. The free monthly Promising Practices Webinar series highlights successful projects around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement. These webinars are free and open to anyone who is interested in creating stronger communities. The National Civic League's interview series includes conversations with elected officials, civic engagement experts, figures important to our history and others. Recorded speeches allow you to re-live the keynote addresses of past All-America City awards events and conferences.

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