Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | July 2020Marc Schultz
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With help from the GCN community, the Business Judgement Rule cleanup bill was signed into law by Governor Kemp, ending inequitable liability burdens on nonprofit officers as of July 1, 2020.
In the first 8 weeks following the pandemic shelter-in-place order, MUST Ministries fed 34,164 people, distributing 324,869 pounds of food through 42 food pantries, each converted to a curbside pickup system.
► Through their weekly drive-thru distribution center, COR has been providing underserved South Atlanta families with food, hygiene supplies, clothing, and more using a client-choice market model; COR served 141 families during their July 1 event.
Georgia Organics awarded $22,700 in mini-grants to 10 organizations across Georgia that have mobilized the distribution of locally-farmed food to meet needs related to COVID-19, including Augusta Locally Grown.
The Arthur M. Blank Foundation is awarding a total of $470,000 in grants to seven organizations in Georgia and Montana focused on creating systemic change and ending the disenfranchisement of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; Georgia grantees include the Southern Center for Human Rights.
◄ HomeAid Atlanta volunteers provided maintenance and repair work for Positive Growth in Clarkston, including painting, pressure watching, landscaping, and building benches.
With help from the Georgia Council on Aging and its allies, a state bill improving senior care was signed into law in June, mandating higher staff ratios, better staff training, COVID-19-related requirements, and higher fines for death and serious physical harm.
The UPS Foundation has committed $3 million in funding and logistics support to expand vaccine delivery to children in the world’s poorest countries.
Over the course of the pandemic, The Boyce L. Ansley School has provided students and their families with over 100 grocery store gift cards, plus weekly MARTA cards, distance-learning computers, and birthday gifts, funded through a campaign that has raised more than $20,000.
◄ Since the start of the pandemic, Bearings Bike Shop has distributed 62 care packages and 36 mini-grants of $500 to help participant families in need, using a $15,000 grant from the Stand Together Foundation; they have since raised another $15,000 to continue the program. In addition, they donated 21 bikes to FCS Ministries for a new youth group riding program in South Atlanta.
Thanks to advocacy efforts led in part by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Georgia’s state budget for FY2021 spared the state’s Pre-K program from budget cuts, funded an Infant and Early CHildhood Mental Health coordinator position in the Dept. of Early Care and Learning, and expanded Postpartum Medicaid coverage to six months.
Wholesome Wave Georgia distributed Market Innovation Mini Grants to help 15 farms and markets adapt to pandemic conditions and continue supplying fresh food.
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta awarded a total of $182,000 in PROPEL Innovation Renewal grants to seven organizations focused on reimagining Jewish life in Atlanta.
► KIPP Metro Atlanta allocated funding for 2,500 loaner laptops, plus software and tech support, for students to use while in-person class is suspended; in place of their annual College Signing Day celebration, KIPP delivered more than 350 customized yard signs honoring their graduating students’ next steps.
Southface helped the Chicago Housing Authority achieve the first ever BIT Building certification, covering 16 best practices for resource efficiency and sustainability.
To help stem attrition and boost morale among Atlanta police, the Atlanta Police Foundation provided every officer in the city a $500 “bonus,” totalling more than $2 million in gifts.
Street Grace celebrated a policy victory with the passage of The Debbie Vance Act, which will give victims of human trafficking in Georgia a path to clear their records of charges and convictions received while they were being trafficked.
redefinED atlanta awarded two parents groups with a $100,000 grant to create a new COVID-19 relief fund, the “For Us By Us Atlanta Fund,” assisting Metro Atlanta families with basic needs.
As part of their new Campaign for Equal Dignity, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is hosting a series of online discussions looking at the issues involved in the resurgent outcry for racial justice, and the actions that can be taken. Find the replays here.
In honor of Ahmaud Arbery, Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority has set up a scholarship to support education for the next generation.
In response to community feedback, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced updates to its Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund grants program, including measures to prioritize racial equity in grantmaking, adjust eligibility criteria, and streamline the application process.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights received a $300,000 contribution from Arthur M. Blank to celebrate the publication of his memoir, Good Company; proceeds from the book’s sales will also be donated to the Center.
Georgia CORE released results from a recent survey asking 800 cancer survivors about their needs, designed to help CORE build out their catalog of survivor resources.
With their lease up at the end of 2020, the DDD Foundation (Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled) secured new clinic space in their most patient-dense area, which will allow them to increase capacity by roughly 20 percent.
◄ As part of their fundraising campaign to launch a new record label, Music in Common released the first single from their debut EP, “Shine Through,” performed by their Amplify 2019 summer residency band.
On June 14, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt ran a story featuring Wholesome Wave Georgia’s work helping food desert communities, especially in the wake of the pandemic.
HOPE Atlanta received a $5,000 grant from the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia to help their work helping homeless individuals with housing and other emergency services.
The Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta announced that it will devote the remainder of its events in 2020 to the intersection of Corporate Social Responsibility, racial inclusion, and equity in the workplace, including a July 29 event featuring GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor.
Dunwoody Nature Center launched a newly-redesigned website.
MOCA GA announced the winners of their 13th annual Working Artist Project Fellowship – Davion Alston, Kelly Taylor Mitchell, and Erin Jane Nelson – bringing the total number of Project Fellows to 39.
Among the nonprofits receiving a $50,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the CARES Act: Alternate ROOTS, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Film Society, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center on behalf of the High Museum of Art, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, The Columbus Museum, Aurora Theatre, The Hambidge Center, and The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture, and the Environment.
► The Atlanta History Center launched the Corona Collective program to document Atlanta’s response to COVID-19, inviting residents to submit video, audio, photography, and written accounts of their personal experiences.
To tackle systemic issues underlying the correlation between race and zip codes, place, and equity, United Way of Greater Atlanta has established the United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund; their board of community volunteers will be matching the first $1 million in donations.
Park Pride announced that they will waive the grant award matching requirements for Atlanta-area Friends of the Park groups in low-income neighborhoods, with support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation; Park Pride has also committed to deploying one-third of their grant dollars to these groups.
Mary Hall Freedom House and Traveler’s Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta each received grants of at least $400,000 from the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.
Since launching the Home Matters Mortgage Relief Fund on April 26, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity has raised more than $135,000 to fund mortgage payments on behalf of 280 Atlanta Habitat families experiencing job loss or financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Among the Georgia organizations receiving grants from UnitedHealthcare to help support COVID-19 response efforts: Atlanta Community Food Bank ($250,000), Open Hand Atlanta ($175,000), Wellspring Living ($150,000), and Prevent Blindness Georgia ($125,000).
Georgia CORE received a five-year, $3.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to provide colorectal services for 15,000 Georgians.
► The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced that Frank Fernandez will be its new president and CEO, effective in August; he replaces outgoing CEO Alicia Philipp, who led the Foundation for 43 years.
Voices for Georgia’s Children welcomed four new board members: Stacey Chavis, Leslie Kurtz, Jose Perez, and Calvin Ward.
The Woodruff Arts Center has chosen John Yates to lead their fundraising efforts and oversee development at the Alliance Theatre, the High Museum of Art, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta announced that CEO Eric Robbins has committed to another 5 years in his role for the organization.
◄ Dunwoody Nature Center surprised volunteer Donna Burt at her home with this year’s Dave Adam’s Award, honoring her for 20 years of service.
Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta appointed Rick Aranson as their new executive director.
Ashley Stocks has been named a new executive administrative assistant at MedShare.
Rainbow Village added Jann Joseph and Jill Edwards to its board of directors.
Georgia Conservancy has appointed Dr. Mark Berry, of Georgia Power, as the new chair of their board of trustees.
CHRIS 180 appointed Chaundra Luckett as their new chief marketing officer.
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.