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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | Jan. 2020

The latest updates from our members and partners, highlighting accomplishments and impact, new partnerships, staff moves, and more. (Get yours delivered monthly! Sign up here.)

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GAgives update

Thanks to nearly 134,000 donations, December 3, 2019 was another record day for generosity in Georgia: We’re excited to announce that GAgives on #GivingTuesday 2019 raised more than $13.5 million for Georgia nonprofits, an increase of 73 percent over last year’s total, including more than $3.8 million through GAgives.org. Read the full story and watch WSB-TV’s recap.

Legislative win

The new tax on nonprofit transportation benefits, introduced by the 2017 federal tax overhaul, has been struck down by Congress, a victory for the state- and nationwide. GCN’s own efforts included joint discussions with Senator Johnny Isakson and other lawmakers, as well as multiple calls-to-action for the community to get involved. Thanks for everything you did to help us reach a succesful conclusion.

Welcome, new GCN members!

  • Newpoint Partnership
  • Food Well Alliance
  • United Way of Northeast Georgia


► The Southern Conservation Trust announced that it protected more than 14,000 acres in 2019; in all, they’ve protected 46,000 acres in 30 Georgia counties and seven states. 

The Home Depot Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the Piedmont Park Conservancy, renewing their 16-year commitment to the Park and support of the Active Oval.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awarded a grant to GEEARS through its Public Policy Fund, supporting their Get Out the Vote and Get Out the Count efforts.

In 2019, Trees Atlanta directed 39,215 volunteer hours devoted to planting and maintaining trees, restoring the urban forest, and more. By the end of planting season in March, they will have planted over 4,000 trees. 

Red Cross of Georgia announced that 2019 saw them responding to 2,204 home fire-related emergencies, and providing recovery assistance to 3,214 families.


MUST Ministries was awarded the 2019 State Litter Prevention Award by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, recognizing their work improving a 5.5-mile stretch of road near their Elizabeth Inn shelter.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta raised more than $1.4 million in donor co-investments for its GoATL Fund, including $500,000 from The Kendeda Fund.

◄ Wholesome Wave Georgia launched a video storytelling series featuring local farmers, market managers, SNAP recipients, and staff.

Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network raised more than $10,000 for GAgives on #GivingTuesday, exceeding their 2019 goal.

Atlanta Audubon Society received a $25,800 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore habitat at the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve in Southwest Atlanta.


The Nature Conservancy has named Dan Ryan as its new director of conservation.

Horizons Atlanta welcomes two new board members, Stacy Cullinan of Cox Automotive and James Calleroz White.

The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta welcomed Marian Dickson as their new development director.

Fulton County CASA has selected Joe Handy as their new board chair.

Patrick Canagasingham will take the role of COO at Habitat for Humanity International beginning in March.

Among Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019: Cobb Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Sharon Mason, Task Force for Global Health President & CEO David Ross, and Woodruff Arts Center President & CEO Doug Shipman.

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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