Guiding the Way for Corporate Citizenship: The Civic 50

The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey administered by True Impact.

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Deadline for action is March 16 -- you don't want to miss out!

Since it was launched in 2012, The Civic 50 has served as benchmarking tool and platform for sharing best practices in the corporate citizenship sector. The survey is based on Points of Light’s Corporate Civic Engagement Framework that creates a roadmap for companies committed to using their time, talent, and resources to drive social impact in their business and communities. The Civic 50 honorees are selected based on the four dimensions of their community engagement and social impact programs: investment of resources, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems and impact measurement.

The Civic 50 honorees are selected based on the four dimensions of this framework: 

  • INVESTMENT: How the company strategically invests its resources in community engagement and social impact, including employee time and skills, cash, in-kind giving and public leadership. 
  • INTEGRATION: How the company integrates its community engagement and social impact programs throughout its business functions and interests (i.e., “does well by doing good”). 
  • INSTITUTIONALIZATION: How the company institutionalizes its community engagement and social impact programs through organizational policies, systems, and incentives.
  • IMPACT: How the company measures the social and business impact outcomes of its community engagement and social impact programs.

You will find more information about the 2020 survey including key deadlines, instructions, a downloadable document with the survey questions, and FAQ at

Survey Timeline

  • 12/5/2019 – Survey launch 
  • 12/10/2019 – Survey overview and support webinar (recording / presentation)  
  • 3/16/2020 – Survey submission deadline 
  • April 2020 – Company status notification 
  • 6/9/2020  – Public announcement and honoree reception at the Points of Light Conference in Washington, D.C. 
  • July 2020 – Scorecard reports provided to applicants 
  • Summer 2020 – The Civic 50 key findings report released


Public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more are eligible to participate and the survey. Points of Light reserves the right to not include companies on The Civic 50 list which are not considered to be in good standing during the research year. Basis for not being “in good standing” includes, but is not limited to: the company experiencing official, significant legal sanction; an adverse company event so significant that it deems The Civic 50 practices presented in its application as a misrepresentation of the company’s overall community involvement efforts; or any development that puts into question the company’s community involvement to the degree that most people would not find it reasonable to find the company on a list of the most community-minded companies in the nation. 

Katy Elder

Vice President, Business Innovation, Points of Light

A member of the Points of Light team since November 2012, Katy serves as Vice President, Business Innovation. She brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in employee volunteerism, community affairs and internal communications. After leading Points of Light’s corporate consulting practice for six years, she is now responsible for developing content and innovative learning opportunities to advance the corporate citizenship sector.
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