This past year, GCN and the Peyton Anderson Foundation teamed up to study the needs of low-income residents in Macon and surrounding Bibb County, and assess the sector’s ability to meet them. The process began by identifying more than 200 area nonprofits, followed by focus groups, in-depth data collection, and analysis, which was used to quantify issues, assess capacity, and find both duplications and gaps in services.
First Step Staffing already won a Nonprofit Revolution Award in 2011, when it was pioneering a novel way to secure sustainable income for people without homes. Their new idea, business acquisition, is set to replicate their impact in cities across the U.S.
In 2011, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (MAAF) surveyed the financial health of 40 nonprofits they’d supported over the years, and found that “this cohort of fantastic, creative, mature, highly productive arts organizations had extremely low liquidity,” said founding Director Lisa Cremin. “This was no way to do business.”
When City of Refuge was gifted a large facility by philanthropist Malon Mimms, CEO Bruce Deel envisioned turning the space into a “one-stop shop” for families facing the crisis of homelessness. “Many of our clients were struggling to get the resources they need, because they had to visit many organizations, make multiple appointments, find funds for public transportation to get there, line up child care,” said Deel.