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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | February 2021

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Support for summer meal service: To prep for their Summer Food Service Program, which funds healthy meals for Georgia's children, the Dept. of Early Care and Learning invites nonprofits to attend a Feb. 16 virtual summit.

Free workforce training: Free training boot camps for entry-level construction industry jobs is available through The Home Depot Foundation, including access to job opportunities with Home Depot pros.

  • Free mental wellness training for nonprofit leaders is ongoing through CHRIS 180, Mental Health America of Georgia, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and their partners.

Get a new website for free: The 48 in 48 initiative is still seeking nonprofits for their April “hackathon” event. Apply by March 20 to receive a free WordPress site, training in digital marketing, and support.


The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announced a five-year, $17 million grant to the new, $50 million National Center for Civil and Human Rights capital campaign, which aims to add 20,000 square feet to the Center and transform programming.

Through their GoATL Fund, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta made a $750,000 investment in the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, financing affordable single-family housing in South DeKalb, and a $250,000 investment in LiftFund, which provides interest-free loans to BIPOC-owned businesses; the Fund also received a new $2 million capital commitment from a local foundation.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

The Georgia Infant-Toddler Coalition, a 47-organization partnership convened by GEEARS to push for quality care and access to services, has released their 2021 policy priorities. GEEARS also released a new fact sheet outlining Georgia’s early care and education landscape.

Georgia Equality introduced the Ending the Epidemic Policy Fellowship, funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, through which they will hire three recent graduates for a 12-month immersion course in policy-making to address the HIV epidemic locally and statewide.

Women on the Rise received $20,000 from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to support ongoing advocacy efforts and work developing civic leaders.

More than 150 companies have signed on to the new ATL Action for Racial Equity project, a collective impact initiative organized by the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Among the participants: Central Atlanta Progress, Cox Enterprises, The Coca-Cola Company, Woodruff Arts Center, UPS, Truist, Atlanta Police Foundation, Aprio, Goodwill of North Georgia, Georgia Power, The Home Depot, Chick-fil-A, 11 Alive, Alston & Bird, Atlanta Humane Society, Coxe Curry & Associates, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Junior Achievement of Georgia, King & Spalding, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Bobby Dodd Institute, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Cox Media, and Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

Trees Atlanta announced several new partner programs, including Flowering Forest: A Tree Tribute to Civil Rights Leader John Lewis, partnering with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Freedom Park Conservancy to plant 300 blooming trees in Freedom Park; the Green Infrastructure Job Training Program, in association with Atlanta BeltLine and STRIVE; the Green Infrastructure Rain Garden Program, alongside the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts and Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District; and the Front Yard Tree Program, together with the cities of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Decatur, and Sandy Springs, plus DeKalb County.

Arts and culture

Lonely Planet travel guides named the Morris Museum of Art as one of the nation’s top nine museums for American art.

Artportunity Knocks was awarded a $1,500 grant from the MDRT Foundation to support their work building stronger families and communities.

The Alliance Theatre’s civil rights-themed animated production Sit-In was featured in a recent New York Times story on theatre productions that teach young audiences about race and African-American history.

Human services

In December, Giving Kitchen launched a substance abuse recovery initiative to provide financial assistance for food service workers undergoing in-patient treatment for substance abuse. They also refreshed their website, making it easier to navigate and adding automatic translation into Latin American Spanish, with plans to include more languages soon.

▶ A January article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights the work of Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Organics, Food Well Alliance, and Giving Kitchen to assist food workers during the pandemic.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Jewish Family & Career Services each received a $2.8 million donation from the Frances Bunzl Family Trust of Atlanta, the largest endowed gift in the history of both organizations.

In addition, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s COVID-19 Fund has provided $200,000 so far to Jewish preschools and children’s groups to help them support families throughout the crisis, covering supplemental programs, reopening costs, emergency response, operational support, and scholarships that have aided 98 children at 12 preschools.

HealthMPowers, Boys and Girls Clubs of Georgia, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and their partners announced 120 sites for their new Girls Empowering Movement program, a five-year statewide initiative that will bring leadership training in fitness, advocacy, and social emotional learning to approximately 7,000 girls in 52 counties. The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, part of The Arthur M. Blank Foundation, has committed $4.1 million to this $5.8 million initiative.

Wellspring Living was gifted $400,000 from Amerigroup Georgia and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Georgia to help combat human trafficking in Georgia.

HomeAid Atlanta’s first Care Day of the year saw volunteers breaking down several walls in the Crossroads Community Ministries facility, contributing $4,000 in work to a major renovation project that will expand services for people experiencing homelessness.

▶ To celebrate their 133rd anniversary, Hillside Atlanta dedicated itself to completing 133 volunteer hours in the month of January; in total, 212 hours were contributed by Hillside employees, clients, and families to Metro area nonprofits including Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House and Open Hand Atlanta.

On World Cancer Day, February 4, Georgia CORE released a new version of their virtual screening tool to help women assess their hereditary risk for breast and ovarian cancer.  

VOX ATL is helping the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network plan their summer program with a series of Zoom-based listening sessions; anyone aged 12-18 in Georgia can register to voice their wants and needs, then complete a follow-up survey to earn $25.

▶ Childspring International is celebrating the completion of their 5,000th surgery, which took place on February 1.


Piedmont Park Conservancy welcomes five new board members: Bill Bolen, Mona Harty, Lisa Cannon Taylor, Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier, and Chandra Stephens-Albright of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

GEEARS added Marti M. Walsh and Trevor Neuman to their board of directors.

The Center for Puppetry Arts welcomed new Museum Director Sarah Dylla.

The Atlanta Ballet President and CEO Arturo Jacobs will be retiring at the end of the 2020-2021 performance season, capping a 12-year run as leader of the organization.

Georgia CORE is honoring the life and work of clinical research partner Joseph V. Simone by sharing a free, downloadable copy of his book Simone’s Maxims: Understanding Today’s Academic Medical Centers.

Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) named Atlanta Journal-Constitution publisher Donna Hall as their new board chair, making her the first woman to fill this role in CAP history.

Bentina Terry has become both the first African American and the first woman to chair the board of Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, which also added three new members: Scott Burton, Dr. Herman “Skip” Mason, and Lain Shakespeare.

Atlanta Pride announced the addition of four board members: Quita Tinsley Peterson, Chris Ruiz, Toby Vargus-Jaume, and Justin Averette.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta added seven new members to their board: Ron Alston, David Cummings, Fran Gary, David Roemer, Jewel Burks Solomon, Kelli Stewart, and Ryan Wilson.

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.

Marc Schultz is communications editor at GCN.

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