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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | April 2021

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Thanks to generous partners like Wells Fargo, Ben and Teresa Chestnut, and the David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund, over 100 Georgia nonprofits have received scholarship support to participate in GCN’s Resiliency Planning Cohorts. Participants work with our expert Consultants and a cohort of peer nonprofits to build skills and retool strategies to achieve sustainability over 18 to 24 months, and recover with strength in the years to come. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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APD requests feedback: Per Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta residents are invited to take this 10-minute community survey to help the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department improve its services and processes.

Tax filing advice: This comprehensive guide from Mauldin & Jenkins will help you in completing the revised Form 990-T.



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  • Golden Harvest Food Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity of Georgia
  • Ryan's Gift of Advocacy
  • Family Wellness Outreach Center of Georgia 
  • Atlanta Angels
  • Christian League for Battered Women
  • Young Genius Crew
  • Trey Clegg Singers
  • DeKalb County CASA Program 
  • Ascent Educational Foundation
  • Literacy Alliance
  • Hand, Heart and Soul Project
  • Represent GA Action Network
  • Africa's Children's Fund
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Mecca Chapter
  • Horizon Theatre Company
  • Joy Community Kitchen
  • Vision Tutoring Educational Foundation
  • Worth County Rams Alumni Reunion
  • TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Fair Fight
  • National Black Arts Festival
  • Humanity & Health Foundation
  • L.E.A.D.
  • Augusta Jewish Museum
  • Philanthi R. Koslowski

Relief for venues: Check this guide to Shuttered Venue Operator Grants from Smith & Howard, showing you how to get a part of the $16.25 billion apportioned for venues severely impacted by COVID-19.

Vaccine education materials: The University of Georgia Extension has compiled a list of COVID-19 vaccine factsheets, in English and Spanish, ready to distribute to clients who may be wary or otherwise uninformed about safety, efficacy, and the vaccination process.

Free mental health training: Mental wellness training for nonprofit leaders is ongoing through CHRIS 180Mental Health America of GeorgiaCommunity Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and their partners. See the schedule for upcoming training.


As announced on World Water Day earlier this month, The Georgia Power Foundation has awarded Trees Atlanta and 7 other Georgia organizations a total of $1 million for projects focused on preserving and restoring Georgia's waterways, lakes, and rivers.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

Georgia Council on Aging (GCOA) announced that the Appropriations Committee approved funding for a Behavioral Health and Housing Coach for South Georgia, and that GCOA's CO-AGE resolution for Disaster Planning Equity passed the House 167-0, calling for the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan to prioritize long-term services and support systems providers equally with essential health care and public health workers. 

Trees Atlanta has submitted, and posted online, amendments to be considered for inclusion in the City of Atlanta’s proposed Tree Protection Ordinance, to be voted on May 3.  

Voices for Georgia's Children has curated an extensive list of resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers to help guide conversations with children of all ages about individual and systemic racism, discrimination, inequity, and current or past events.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

Georgia Organics announced that famer-led collective Georgia Organic Peanut Association distributed the first batch of Georgia grown, USDA certified organic peanut butter in collaboration with Georgia Grinders. 

▲ The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, in collaboration with other local organizations, announced the grand opening of the Westside BeltLine Connector, which includes 1.7 new miles of trail beginning in downtown Atlanta.

Arts and culture

The Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts has announced a return to in-person performances and is partnering with the Atlanta Opera on their production of The Threepenny Opera.

Human services

For the fourth year in a row, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) has been recognized as one of the AJC's Top Workplaces, placing in the top ten for the Small Business category and taking home the Meaningfulness Award.

The DDD Foundation commemorated its recent move with a virtual tour and ribbon cutting ceremony, showcasing the new space's transformation into a special needs dental practice that has increased their capacity to treat patients by 20 percent. 

Wholesome Wave Georgia and Food Well Alliance kicked off  the Georgia Plant to Plate Program this month at Trefoil Gardens in Woodstock, providing over 123 starter fruit and vegetable plants, 16 gardening kits, and 46 grow bags to Georgia SNAP recipients. 

Kate's Club announced that Northwestern Mutual Foundation is set to make a $15,000 donation in recognition of the volunteer efforts made by Board Chair Rob Spencer, recipient of the 2021 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award for his long-term commitment to Kate’s Club. 

HomeAid Atlanta and volunteers from local business organizations joined forces at Rainbow Village in Duluth to paint two apartment units that house families transitioning out of homelessness. 

▶ The General Assembly voted in favor of restoring $300,000 to Georgia CORE's budget beginning July 1, and also approved a redesigned breast cancer awareness license tag and a newly designed all-cancer awareness tag. 

United Way of Greater Atlanta announced the upcoming opening of Gwinnett County's first official homeless shelter, HomeFirst Gwinnett, which will serve homeless women and children. 

Voices for Georgia's Children released the Sustaining Georgia's Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Workforce Through Supervision report, featuring testimony from CHRIS 180 and Metropolitan Counseling Services, along with a plan for retaining more highly qualified and culturally competent behavioral health professionals. 

Goodwill of North Georgia is administering a DeKalb County housing assistance program. 

GEEARS released the comprehensive PAACT Conversation Report on parenting during the pandemic, which shares research results and other insights gleaned from their work with Civic Dinners holding community conversations on the impact of COVID-19 on Atlanta parents and caregivers. 

On March 30, FCS Ministries partnered with Piedmont Health Foundation and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church to administer over 400 COVID vaccines in what they describe as "a beautiful display of hope and resilience."


At this month's Galaxy of the Stars event, Tommy Nobis Center will be honoring MUST Ministries President and CEO Ike Reighard with a Lifetime Achievement Award and FOCUS + Fragile Kids Executive Director Lucy Cusick with this year's Family Member Advocate Award.

Lara Smith, Managing Director of Dad's Garage Theatre, will be stepping down toward the end of 2021; the company is currently being headed by Interim Artistic Director Tim Stoltenberg.

Kate's Club welcomed new Executive Director Lisa Aman

MUST Ministries has hired Milton Beck as Senior Security Director, following his service as Safety and Security Consultant. 

Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director Greg Levine and Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Involvement and Events Manager Erica Glasener are co-authoring "The Environmental Gardener," a new monthly column for Atlanta INtown

Beth Shiavo, Executive Director of the Center for Puppetry Arts, was recently named one of "50 Influential Atlanta Women You Should Know" by the Atlanta Convention & Visitor Bureau. 

Kerry Anne Eales has joined Smith & Howard as the firm's first Chief Human Resources Officer.

TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation recently welcomed Jason Bernstein to their board, while naming Mani Young new Board Chair, Mike Kozel new Vice Chair, and Dr. Cheryl Gabram to the Executive Committee.

This roundup was sourced from member and partner submissions, as well as their websites, newsletters, and social media channels; the Coxe Curry & Associates Week in Review newsletter; and GCN staff.

Kelli Lynn Karanovich is a professional copywriter and educator who publishes poems and essays as Kelli Lynn Grey.

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