Member Directory

Center for Civic Innovation

Address 401 Water St E
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Phone (434) 414-1085
Website https://www.centerforcivic.org
Primary Contact Christie Taylor
Primary Email director@centerforcivic.org
Executive Director Christie Taylor
Primary Focus Area Civic
Service Areas
  • Albemarle
  • Charlottesville
  • Statewide

Mission Statement

Empowering problem solvers in our community.


CCI is a community-based innovation ecosystem where residents, businesses, local governments, and academia tackle our region’s challenges. We support civic innovation that leads to a more equitable and sustainable community.

Key Programs

Program 1
Description:To intentionally foster civic innovation, including equity-related projects, we've developed this program to give innovators the space, network, and support to realize success.

We seek fellows who are passionate about bringing change to our community. Fellows understand how challenging this work can be, and bring a sense of humility combined with a track record of perseverance. We encourage fellows from all backgrounds but prioritize funding for those from historically underrepresented groups or those working on equity-related projects. Your project can be in the "idea" or "ready to pilot" phase. You need to be committed to taking action during the fellowship but not need to have demonstrated progress to apply.

Applicants are individuals who have a civic project or idea that is ready for a pilot phase up to micro-organizations (budgets under $10,000). Projects do not need to be tech or data related, but participants should be open to how tech and data can support their goals. This is a leadership development program, meant to build the foundation to become a civic innovator, with focus on growth mindset, design process, business education, technology/data literacy skills, government and community relations, intervention practices, and other topics to build problem solving skills.
Applicants receive:

Access to work space and technology

A core team of advisors to support your endeavor

Support for tech or data needs

Expert-led training, workshops, and activities

Cohort of peers working to improve the community

Community event for you to share and discuss your project and its progress

$1,000 stipend (can be used for project or personal expenses)

What is expected

Flexibility and openness - this is a pilot program for us!

Attendance at the planned training and workshops

Willingness to help other cohort members find success

Monthly meetings with your mentor group

Completion of regular activities intended to promote your project's progress

Participation in an end-of-program community event where you will share your progress
Examples of Program Success:Generation of data visualization tools
New nonprofit connecting infant supply items to families in need
College application resource app for immigrants
Total Program Budget:$25,000
Category:Fellowship, training, civic innovation
Program 2
Title:Coalition systems management
Description:We work to ensure equitable, inclusive, and diverse participation for community members engaging in coalition-based work. We facilitate work groups to establish the vision and design process of the project, develop and manage the action plan, collect and report progress to stakeholders, implement systems to manage the project, and collect and share data. If you are engaging with the community and would like to learn more about our services leveraging empowered communities and data, contact us.
Examples of Program Success:Data mapping for safety improvements in Belmont
Total Program Budget:$10,000
Category:Neighboorhood improvement

Giving Opportunities

Opportunity 1
Title:Coaching and Mentoring
Description:Volunteer to assist a civic innovator through their project
Project Timeline6 months, year-round opportunities

CNE is excited to launch 7 Actionable Principles for a Strong Social Sector!

Building on themes from 10 discussion sessions with 67 community members, and several leading national frameworks for nonprofit health and impact, the 7 Actionable Principles aim to create a shared understanding of what makes a healthy nonprofit and build a supportive learning community of nonprofits and funders.

We encourage you to check out the site and you can find a recording of our launch town hall here.

CNE Members: Schedule a complimentary hour of support and coaching around the 7 Actionable Principles here.