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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | January 2021

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Dad’s Garage Theatre Managing Director Lara Smith contributed this new essay about the arts organization’s Get Out the Vote efforts, and how nonprofits can make a huge difference in civic engagement locally.

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Get a new website for free: The 48 in 48 initiative is seeking nonprofits in need of a new website (or a website update) for their April “hackathon” event. Participants will receive a free WordPress site, training in digital marketing, and support. Apply by March 15.

Atlanta-area pandemic response opportunities: You can now send your thoughts on Atlanta COVID response efforts to Central Atlanta Progress; you can also direct Atlanta residents to apply for housing assistance through the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the City.

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


The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation made a $90 million grant to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics to help them secure leading pediatric researchers.

The Truist Foundation announced a 3-year, $7 million grant for Purpose Built Communities.

The Home Depot Foundation surprised Must Ministries and HOPE Atlanta with grants of $50,000 each using repurposed holiday party funds; in addition, the Foundation renewed its partnership with Habitat for Humanity International with a $2 million grant supporting the Repair Corps program for veterans.

Georgia Power Foundation announced a $500,000 donation to the Atlanta Beltline Partnership in support of their Legacy Resident Retention Program, which helps ensure longstanding residents can stay in their homes despite property tax increases.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta recently announced a total of $2.48 million in grants across a number of programs. Among the 60-plus recipients: Jerusalem House, Communities in Schools Atlanta, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children, Nobis Works, STE(A)M Truck, Atlanta CASA, youthSpark, Covenant House Georgia, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Lekotek of Georgia, The W-Underdogs, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, HOPE Atlanta, Women on the Rise, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and COR. In addition, they awarded $6.51 million in COVID-19 Response and Recovery grants in November with the United Way of Greater Atlanta; more than 50 percent of this round’s funding went to BIPOC-led organizations. (Click here for the complete list of recipients – all 214 of them!)

In the latest round of their True Inspiration Awards program, the Chick-fil-A Foundation awarded a total of $1 million in grants to six Atlanta nonprofits, including Share the Magic Foundation and Agape Youth & Family Center; in addition, Chick-fil-A has pledged $10 million to the University of Georgia to support their Institute for Leadership Advancement.

Gulfstream Aerospace continued its longtime support for United Way of the Coastal Empire with a holiday season donation of more than $1.53 million.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

Over the 8-week runup to Georgia’s runoff election, Georgia Equality’s Get Out the Vote campaign deployed 20 election staffers and 450 volunteers, made over 450,000 contacts by text and phone, reached 600,000 households by mail, and garnered 14 million digital impressions – including 3.3 million video completions.

▶ Ahead of the 2020 election, Women on the Rise registered over 300 Black voters, including 36 formerly-incarcerated people who thought they were ineligible; for the January runoff, they launched the #Free2Vote media campaign with billboards across the city, including a “mobile billboard,” to inform formerly-incarcerated people of their right to vote. (Image: @magdadoesart)

The Georgia Council on Aging released the 2021 edition of their online CO-AGE legislative priorities brochure, centered around prescriptions for “Georgia Seniors Amidst a Pandemic.”

Animals, environment, and greenspace

The Southern Conservation Trust raised $7,330 through their GAgives on GivingTuesday campaign, more than doubling their goal, in support of their Fayette Environmental Education Center.

▶ Dunwoody Nature Center is launching a volunteer leadership training program called Certified Forest Stewards, providing in-depth education on the ecology of the Center and the Georgia Piedmont for those interested in leading volunteer groups.

Georgia Audubon installed bird-friendly window treatments for Gainesville’s Elachee Nature Science Center, making 538 square feet of windows visible to birds that might otherwise fly directly into them.

Thanks to $14,652 in donations from 108 donors and a $10,000 matching gift from the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Satilla Riverkeeper surpassed their $24,000 GAgives on GivingTuesday campaign goal.

Arts and culture

The Center for Puppetry Arts was recognized in Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta 2020 issue for “Best Home Edutainment.”

The Atlanta Opera received a $500,000 grant, supporting the launch of a new web-based streaming platform, infrastructure enhancements, and the creation of a digital film studio.

Though it remains closed for live audiences, Dad’s Garage Theatre opened up their facility to host a voting location for the past three elections; Managing Director Lara Smith contributed this new essay to GCN discussing their Get Out the Vote efforts, including lessons for other nonprofits.


Over the course of the pandemic, STE(A)M Truck has delivered education programming to 477 students at eight Atlanta-area YMCA sites and 40 classrooms.

Since its launch in March, the virtual peer-support forum created by Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement, Connected Community, has brought together more than 200 educators and leaders from some 70 Georgia school districts, and attracted participants from at least seven other states.

Human services

HOPE Atlanta and Action Ministries announced plans to merge as of January, to be known as Travelers Aid until a new, official name is decided based on feedback from the community.

Atlanta Mission received a $500,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta in support of a new housing facility.

In partnership with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Young Professionals Group, HomeAid Atlanta raised nearly $3,000 to provide Thanksgiving food baskets and gift cards for Jerusalem House clients, plus a donation to the organization. In addition, HomeAid volunteers did $4,500 in work transforming the playground and landscape for Ascensa Health at St. Jude’s Recovery Center for Women and Children.

Central Atlanta Progress celebrated the completion of two ADA compliant intersections along Williams Street, the first project in the Downtown Decides! initiative that asks Atlanta citizens how to spend $1 million in transportation improvements; 16 more projects will follow.

Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network raised nearly $12,000 for GAgives on GivingTuesday, surpassing their goal by almost $2,000.

Through their 2020 holiday program, North Fulton Community Charities and their partners served over 1,000 families, including 3,000-plus children, providing them with coats, food, toys, and holiday baskets.

Tommy Nobis Center was named one of the 2020 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation, recognizing their achievements in empowering employees.

Georgia Organics is celebrating a GAgives on GivingTuesday fundraising total of $66,500, thanks to 145 donors; in addition, the Farmer Services team recently launched the organizaiton’s first online event series specifically for farmers.

New American Pathways distributed gifts to over 600 children through their End of Year Cheer program.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta and YWCA of Greater Atlanta each received funding in the latest round of grants from MacKenzie Scott.

Bearings Bicycle Shop announced a giving season fundraising total of $101,000 helping them surpass their 2020 fundraising goal.

In their new video series What’s In It for Kids? Important Conversations with Georgia’s Lawmakers, Voices for Georgia’s Children will interview a different lawmaker each day over the first few weeks of the legislative session.

Rainbow Village announced seven inaugural recipients of its “Be the Change” Microgrants, a new program funded by the efforts of the Rainbow Village Women’s Giving Circle, providing a total of $6,500 in extra support for Village residents and alumni. In addition, Rainbow Village raised $220,000 through their first ever virtual gala in November.

Habitat for Humanity International received a $30 million donation through the Larson Family Foundation, the largest single cash donation from an individual in the nonprofit’s history.

L’Arche Atlanta, Global Growers Network, and the Global Village Project each received a COVID-19 Emergency grant from the City of Decatur.

Through the Bezos Day One Fund’s Families Fund Leadership program, Must Minsitries received an award of $5 million, while HOPE Atlanta was awarded $2.5 million.

Albany Community Together (ACT!) received a $1 million grant from Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund and a total of $1.15 million in funding from Grow With Google.

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation provided bags of presents and wrapping paper for 200 families ahead of the holiday season.

Goodwill of North Georgia was the winner of an Atlanta Business Chronicle Diversity & Inclusion Award in the category of Outstanding Diversity in an Organization.

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership has launched the Closing the Gap: 2K BY 2025 project, aiming to develop or preserve 2,000 affordable housing units by 2025, priorizing neighborhoods where low-income residents are most likely to be priced out.


Jekyll Island Foundation welcomed Michael Scott as their new director of historic resources.

Dr. Calinda Lee has joined the National Center for Civil and Human Rights as head of programs and exhibitions.

Tommy Nobis Center announced that David Hamilton has been selected as their new vice president, administration.

Georgia CORE has named Lynn Durham as their new CEO, and added new staffers Sheryl Gabrm-Mendola, Chief Scientific Officer and Shantoria Brown, Research Manager.

The Center for Puppetry Arts appointed Sydney Langdon and Sundeep Reddy to their board.

Dad’s Garage Theatre named Tim Stoltenberg as interim artistic director while they conduct a nationwide search for a permanent director.

Longtime Community Assistance Center CEO Tamara Carrera announced that she will be retiring in 2021, once a new CEO has been secured.

New to the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta board: Ron Alston, David Cummings, Fran Gary, David Roemer, Jewel Burks Solomon, Kelli Stewart, and Ryan Wilson.

Rainbow Village added Paul Culberth to their board of directors.

CURE Childhood Cancer added Andy Dufresne and Liz Stanton to their board.

Georgia Trend magazine recognized GCN CEO Karen Beavor among their 2021 Most Influential Georgians, and featured her in a piece on Georgia nonprofit fundraising during the pandemic; in addition, they inducted Cox Foundation Chairman James C. “Jim” Kennedy and Coxe Curry & Associates Senior Consultant Ann Cramer into their Most Influential Hall of Fame.

The United Way of the CSRA announced ten new board members: Leland Adams, Tony Bernados, Cordell Carter, Yvonne Meeks, Dr. Tarak Patel, Missy Polhemus, Paige Walden, Dr. Jermaine Whirl, Briana Williams, and Angela Williams.

Food Well Alliance named Kate Conner their new executive director.

Coxe Curry & AssociatesLaura Hamm was promoted to director.

Georgia Audubon elected four new members to its board: Joshua Andrews, Dr. Robert Cooper, Marc Goncher, and Susie Maclin.

The Atlanta Preservation Center announced that Director of Education and Operations David Mitchell will become their new executive director.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta named Eric L. Barnum, Althea Broughton, Arnall Golden Gregory, Helen S. Carlos, Jenny Cybul, Bennett Thrasher, Jimmy Morris, and Aniska Moss-Melford to their corporate board of directors.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is expanding their Atlanta Jewish Foundation with two new staff positions: Jori Mendel will become the Foundation’s first Deputy Director, and Staci Eichelbaum will serve as Director of Philanthropic Advising.

Among the 32 leaders recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2020 Most Admired CEOs feature: Kwame Johnson of Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Atlanta, Sean Taylor of Smith & Howard, and Kyle Wade of Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Alliance Theatre has elected Jocelyn Hunter as their board chair-elect (effective June 1), alongside new board members Alba Baylin, Joe Crowley, Alison Danaceau, Carrie J. Kurlander, Shareka Nelson, and Robyn Roberts.

The ALS Association Georgia Chapter announced new board members Delia McIntyre Carter, Hillary Gardner, Kisha Morris Wesley, and Patrick Willis.

CHRIS 180 welcomed new board members Lori Chennault, Kimberley Euston, Deirdra Glover, Michael Lammons, Marybeth Leamer, Condace Pressley, and Sheila Ray.

EarthShare Georgia has hired Jami Buck-Vance to serve as co-executive director alongside Madeline Reamy.

Park Pride announced eight new board members: Sofia Bork, Wesley Brooks, Lane Courts, Omari Henderson, Pedro Pavón, Cynthia Searchy, Daryl Smith, and Nikki Walker.

The STE(A)M Truck board welcomed new members Natoisha Anderson, Susan Bergethon, Shaun Evans, Kendi O’Mard, Nate Riley, and Shereta Williams.

Among those recognized by Atlanta Magazine in this year’s Atlanta 500 list, spotlighting the city’s “most powerful leaders” for 2021:

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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