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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | June 2020

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Cox Enterprises and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution launched the Art from the Heart program, engaging kids to create artwork thanking frontline workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has distributed more than $12.7 million in grants since the beginning of March. Among those receiving funds through their latest round of grants, totalling $1.39 million, are Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta and The Bremen Museum.

Buckhead Christian Ministry received a grant of $500,000 from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

The Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive alliance (PAACT), convened by GEEARS and Quality Care for Children, has deployed nearly $1 million to support 61 child care centers and family child care homes in Atlanta, funding more than 4,500 licensed child care slots. Funders for the PAACT Fund include United Way of Greater Atlanta and The Arthur M. Blank Foundation.

In response to the pandemic, the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) partnered with the rent relief program at New Story to pay the rent for 40 GAIN client families in May.

In the first three weeks of its new Food Fight GA program, Georgia Organics provided Farm Boxes of vegetables, fruit, bread, eggs, and more to 200 restaurant workers.

The Future Foundation coordinated with 135 families experiencing acute pandemic-related challenges to provide for their particular needs; within days, they had delivered 4,500 meals using their bus fleet. They also provided loaner laptops and hot spots, and engaged students in the AJC’s Art from the Heart program.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta announced $580,000 in grants for 11 arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including Dad’s Garage Theatre and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. They also announced the sixth round of COVID-19 Response and Recovery fund grants, distributing $5.3 million to 245 organizations.

Since March 13, Buckhead Christian Ministry has provided 350 families with rent, mortgage, and utility assistance totalling more than $326,000; their efforts were aided by a $500,000 grant from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.


In response to the injustices of discrimination – as demonstrated by the recent, high-profile slayings of Black Americans and the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on communities of color – the National Center for Civil and Human Rights has launched the Campaign for Equal Diginity, designed to galvanize people to demand equality for all.

CaringWorks received a grant from the Communication Service for the Deaf to purchase new laptops for delivering virtual mental health services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity established the Home Matters Mortgage Relief Program to help Habitat homeowners cover their mortgage payments in the wake of the job loss or other unexpected costs due to the pandemic.

A consortium of Augusta arts organizations including the Morris Museum of Art, Westobou, and the Greater Augusta Arts Council, with funding from the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area and United Way of the CSRA, has established an Artist Emergency Relief Fund to compensate area artists whose work was disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Center for Pan Asian Community Services received $64,400 in federal pandemic relief funds through the Atlanta Regional Commission, supporting their efforts delivering meals to older adults.

New American Pathways raised more than $65,000 through GAgives on #GivingTuesdayNow.

◄ The COVID-19 Family Relief Fund was started by Rainbow Village with a goal of $10,000; as of June 4, it had received $118,514 in donations, plus gifts of food, toilet paper, toys, and computers.

To better serve and represent LGBTQ+ Georgians, Georgia Equality has joined OUT Georgia Business Alliance in a strategic partnership that will strengthen connections between advocacy, economic, and community progress.

The May 11 episode of NPR’s Marketplace featured the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Saturday Lawyer Program, a legal clinic that pairs low-income Atlantans with volunteer attorneys.

Southface unveiled a revamped website at the beginning of June, and released the results of a survey asking how and when people would be ready to attend in-person events.

Truist announced another $25 million commitment to relief efforts, including $6 million to support nonprofits in communities where Truist employees live and work.

To gather data and stories for their advocacy efforts, GEEARS has created a parent/caregiver survey and launched a new story collection webpage where families can share their experiences.

► Wholesome Wave Georgia announced 5 new partners to their Georgia Fresh for Less program, which doubles SNAP dollars at farms and markets, extending the program’s reach to Albany, Alma, Statesboro, and Brunswick. Wholesome Wave also teamed with Food Well Alliance to pilot the Georgia Plant 2 Plate program, giving SNAP beneficiaries 50 percent off plant starts and seedlings, plus a limited number of gardening kit giveaways.

COUNTRY Financial announced that it will triple its commitment to the Operation Helping Heroes program, supporting first responders and military service members, for a total of $3 million in funding.

Voices for Georgia’s Children released a new in-depth analysis of school-based mental health programs, with a foreword highlighting its relevance to the effects of the pandemic.


Greening Youth Foundation is pleased to welcome Laurene Hamilton as their new vice president of programs.

Wellspring Living Director of Women’s Residential Services Andrea Hipwell has been appointed to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.

North Fulton Community Charities added three new members to their board: Kali Boatright, Misty Fernandez, and Heather Jallad.

Georgia Equality welcomed Dani Quesenberry as their new office administrator.

CaringWorks has appointed Shamika Martin Walls to the position of chief operating officer.

Atiba Mbiwan has been named new executive director of the Zeist Foundation.

Piedmont Park Conservancy has welcomed Courtney Bugler as their new chief development and marketing officer.

Rainbow Village welcomed Michelle Livingstone to their board of directors.

The Junior League of Atlanta announced a new board of directors, including President Bre West and President-Elect Joy Dyess.

The Center for Puppetry Arts has named Beth Shiavo as their new executive director, effective July 1.

The Woodruff Arts Center welcomed new Board Chairman Douglas Hertz, along with members Peter Aman, Jon Bridges, Lisa Calhoun, Howard Feinsand, John Foreman, Jordy Gamson, Ty Johnson, David Leiter, Milford McGuirt, Pat Mitchell, Howard Palefsky, Erica Qualls-Battey, Michael M. Rogers, Pradeep Sinha, Lyle Tick, and Carol Yancey.

Lita Pardi was promoted to vice president of the community team at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

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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