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Imagine living in a place where:

  • Turnout in local elections is so high – and voters are so well-informed – that it draws national attention.
  • Kids learn about their community at an early age and are motivated to get involved, developing leadership skills that will strengthen our nation's future.
  • People all share a basic civic literacy, understanding how decisions are made and how they can contribute to the decision-making process.
  • Residents aren't just opinionated – they're informed and engaged in making the community a better place to live and work.

Ann Arbor can be that kind of place, and CivCity is making it happen!

As a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CivCity's mission is to create a healthier, dynamic civic culture. We're helping residents learn how local government works, providing ways to be better informed, and motivating people of all ages to be involved in civic life. 

We’ve established partnerships with a broad range of community groups, including the Ann Arbor District Library, the League of Women Voters, Washtenaw Literacy, the Ann Arbor Art Center, A2Ethics, A2 Game Designers and many more to achieve these goals. We’ve received financial support from the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and individual donors.

As board members, we're proud of what CivCity has accomplished in less than a year since it launched. But we need to do more! That includes an all-out effort to help residents prepare for elections in 2016, when many local positions – the mayor, city council, county commissioners, school board, library board, judges and more – will be on the ballot.

Help transform our civic culture:

Donate Now!

Make a tax-deductible donation to CivCity today! 
Or mail your check to:
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104

Please join us in rebuilding a civil, civic-minded democracy, one community at a time – starting in Ann Arbor!


The CivCity Initiative Board of Directors
Mary Morgan, founder & executive director
Ingrid Sheldon, chair
Linh Song, secretary
Devon Akmon
Paul Courant

Want to know more?

Check out our website at, where you'll find a link to CivCity's 5-year strategic plan. Join CivCity on Facebook. On Twitter, you can follow us at @A2CivCity, where we post details about local public meetings and other items of civic interest. 

Help Spread the Word

Know of someone who might be interested in our work? Please forward this message – we appreciate your help in letting people know about CivCity.



CivCity founder Mary Morgan (2nd from right) accepts a grant from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation earlier this year.

Our Work

In less than a year, CivCity has embarked on more than a dozen projects to begin saturating our community with ways to get informed, educated and engaged in civic life. Here's a sampling.

Summer Game

Players in the Ann Arbor District Library's popular Summer Game had the chance to earn up to 15 CivCity badges for completing civic-related tasks like attending public meetings, crowdsourcing early elections results at the Aug. 4 primary, or learning to edit Ann Arbor's LocalWiki. We awarded 1,068 badges and opened up a world of local civics to hundreds of residents.

POP-X Picnic

As part of the Ann Arbor Art Center's 10-day POP-X festival at Liberty Plaza, CivCity co-hosted a picnic where participants discussed issues of community interest with civic leaders. 


We're strengthening Ann Arbor's LocalWiki pages with an eye toward using the site as a platform for news and information on local government and civic topics.

Color Your Ward

Kids attending the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's Oct. 25 concert learned about the city's ward system while coloring maps of Ann Arbor. In many cases, their parents learned something new too!

Partners & Supporters

CivCity's strategy – infusing the community with ways to get informed and involved – relies on partnering with a broad range of groups, including:

Ann Arbor District Library
Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor Film Festival
A2 Game Designers
Ann Arbor Symphony
League of Women Voters
Skyline High School Communication, Media & Public Policy magnet program
Summers-Knoll School
Washtenaw Literacy

We're grateful for financial support from:

The James A. & Faith Knight Foundation

The United Way of Washtenaw County

The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
Copyright ©2015 The CivCity Initiative, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
118 S. Main St. Ann Arbor MI 48104

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