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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | August 2020

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▲ The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta announced $1.125 million in grants for the seventh round of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund awards; among the 10 recipients are Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inspiritus, and Latin American Association (pictured above). Details for round eight will go live September 1.

Wells Fargo Foundation made an $8 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International to support house construction and repairs in collaboration with 350 families across the U.S.

Google announced the five winners of the Georgia Google.org Impact Challenge, including Georgia Organics and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Each winner receives $175,000, and an online vote will single out one winner for an additional $125,000.

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta awarded $100,000 in their latest round of Propel Innovation Grants, including funds for a film about the impact of COVID co-produced by The Breman Museum. The Federation also announced an annual fundraising total of $23 million, including $4 million for COVID relief.

In their latest round of COVID response fund grants, the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area distributed $321,100 among 17 organizations, including the Burn Foundation of America, Heritage Academy, Mach Academy, and When HELP Can’t Wait. To date, the Foundation has distributed over $1.4 million in COVID response funds.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

Georgia Equality celebrated an advocacy win, and the Savannah locals behind it (like the PROUD Savannah Mayoral taskforce pictured here), in the city’s new nondiscrimination ordinance featuring explicit protections for LGBTQ individuals.

United Way of Greater Atlanta announced the first large donation to its United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund: $250,000 from Global Payments, Inc.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

The Atlanta Audubon Society announced that it has become Georgia Audubon, adopting a statewide focus that includes partnerships with other Georgia-based Audubon chapters.

Dunwoody Nature Center raised $57,000 through this year’s Monarchs & Margaritas fundraiser.

Trees Atlanta earned its 7th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

▶ To serve couples whose wedding plans were displaced by COVID, Piedmont Park Conservancy has begun offering affordable Elopement Packages accommodating up to 20 people.

Arts and culture

The first album from Music in Common’s own MIC Records label, Amplify ‘19, is now live on multiple streaming platforms and available to purchase on CD.

True Colors Theatre Company received a $50,000 grant through the CARES Act, which they will put toward virtual productions, writing labs, and commissions for new “mini-works."

Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance has launched a new Pandemic Banner Project to memorialize those killed by COVID-19; anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to submit a tribute by mail.

Food security

With funding from the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, LeadingEdge Georgia has provided food for more than 4,200 low-income seniors throughout Georgia since the start of the pandemic.

Since closing the doors to 20 of its clubs in March, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta has delivered more than 125,000 meals to families in need.

Through their new Atlanta Community Kitchen Project, reviving corporate kitchens closed due to the pandemic, Second Helpings Atlanta and Atlanta Community Food Bank are on track to provide 500,000 meals by the end of August.

Human services

Wellspring Living will receive $500,000 in housing assistance grants from the federal Office for Victims of Crime, supporting housing and other services for human trafficking victims.

North Fulton Community Charities received a $300,000 commitment from LexisNexis to open a technology lab for workforce readiness, career search programs, and adult education.

Over four months of COVID rapid response efforts, MUST Ministries has distributed 815,832 meals and helped 1,017 people find or keep housing.

In July, FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) distributed 6,000 medical gowns and other FEMA-provided PPE to long-term care facilities and healthcare systems in Georgia and Florida; FODAC also supplied 24 pallets of medical equipment and items to FEMA for field hospitals in the U.S. Virgin Islands and delivered supplies to five Albany healthcare facilities.

▶ HomeAid Atlanta’s 2020 Essentials Drive brought in some 50,000 baby supplies and other items for Atlantans experiencing homelessness; in addition, they assembled 500 CareKits for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, including hygiene items not covered by SNAP.

The Empty Stocking Fund will provide school supplies to 65,000-plus kids this season via a revamped distribution model that features socially-distanced and health-screened volunteers.

Using a drive-thru setup, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta distributed more than 300 backpacks to students including school supplies, activity kits, and PPE.

Tommy Nobis Center raised more than $6,700 through their annual silent auction.

Using their Care Mobile, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and Healthcare of Atlanta, with support from GEEARS and others, provided 41 free immunizations, 70 immunization records, and 5 vision and hearing screenings for kids and teens on location in Atlanta’s Westside.

GEEARS published a report on the experiences of Georgia families during the pandemic; titled “Simply Not Sustainable,” the study is based on input from 465 respondents across 78 counties.


HealthMPowers welcomes new President and CEO Jennifer L. Owens, who will be taking on the role as of August 24.

▶ Georgia Audubon has hired Corina Newsome, one of the organizers of the #BlackBirdersWeek movement, as their new community engagement manager.

Rainbow Village CEO Melanie Conner has been named a finalist in the 3rd Annual Gwinnett Chamber Moxie Awards for the “Pay It Forward” category.

CaringWorks announced that Chris Hester has joined their team as Chief Financial Officer.

North Fulton Community Charities has named Marten Jallad their new director of operations.

Woodruff Arts Center announced that Hala Moddelmog will serve as interim CEO starting September 1.

Goodwill of North Georgia announced four new additions to their board: Dr. DeRetta Cole Rhodes, Dr. Eloisa Klementich, Heather Ostis, and Ellen Stern.

Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia welcomed Jocelyn Blain as their new CEO.

Our House added six new members to its board: Matt Brock, Laura Diamond, Dallie Gaskin, Anna Holcombe, Natalie Morhous, and David Siegel.

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.

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