Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | June 2021Kelli Lynn Karanovich and Marc Schultz
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In July, Nonprofit University takes a new approach to our popular Certificate of Capital Campaigns by dividing the five-course certificate into two miniseries – The Essentials and Donor Prospecting – that lets you better target your training dollars. Sign up for one or for both here.
Vaccination playbook: To help nonprofits offering vaccinations to constituents or working to educate people about its importance, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta released a COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts and Communication Barriers playbook.
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Need a gym? Georgia nonprofits are invited to apply for a new or renovated on-site fitness center from Innovative Fitness through their annual Chris Monti Memorial Grant, which covers consultation, design, equipment, delivery, and installation. Apply by July 1.
Georgia Power Foundation has committed to investing $75 million over five years to help advance racial equity and social justice efforts in Georgia, focusing on education equity, criminal justice, and economic empowerment.
The GoATL Fund, an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, launched a program to accelerate nonprofits’ access to federal stimulus and other public contract funding through Community Development Financial Institute partners like the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership. Learn more here.
In addition, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta announced a new, $3.325 million round of grants through their Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, including $1.125 million to make vaccine access more equitable, $550,000 to bolster capacity for nonprofits and nonprofit leaders, $1 million for summer learning opportunities, and $650,000 for policy and advocacy efforts. Recipients include:
- 100 Black Men of Atlanta
- 21st Century Leaders
- Agape Youth and Family Center
- Amani Women Center
- Center for Pan Asian Community Services
- Feminist Women's Health Center
- Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
- Latin American Association
- Refugee Women’s Network
- STE(A)M Truck
- Raising Expectations
- VOX Teen Communications
- Women Engaged
- Women on the Rise
For their 2021 spring grant cycle, Georgia Humanities distributed nearly $50,000 in grant funds to 17 cultural organizations in 12 communities across the state, including ArtsXchange in East Point.
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation awarded a $15 million grant to Georgia State University, one of the largest gifts in Georgia State history, to establish an innovative new Student Success Center in the University’s historic Southern Bell Telephone Company buildings.
Advocacy, equity, and justice
▲ On Juneteenth (June 19), Black Voters Matter launched a voter outreach tour honoring the 60th anniversary of the original Freedom Rides, named the Freedom Ride for Voting Rights. Traveling from Jackson, Miss. to Washington, D.C., the tour aims to raise awareness and drive action around voting rights, D.C. statehood, and issues important to Black communities.
Central Atlanta Progress organized more than 200 volunteers for this year’s ATL Downtown Counts: Street Homeless Survey, including stakeholders from Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Results from the survey will be available later this month.
► Volunteer Atlanta Early Education Ambassadors from GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students) canvassed the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods to educate residents about lead levels in area soil, and how they can protect themselves. In addition, GEEARS celebrated the May 5th signing of HB 146, providing state workers three weeks of paid parenting leave, which GEEARS research and advocacy helped make possible.
Arts and culture
With donors from all 50 states plus Calanda, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Argentina, and Australia, the Center for Puppetry Arts’s online Call to Auction event raised $166,500.
Music in Common (which serves both Georgia and Massachusetts) provided the featured musical performance at this year's Berkshire Nonprofit Awards, hosted by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires on May 18.
The New Georgia Encyclopedia, a Georgia Humanities project, partnered with Digital Library of Georgia to launch Georgia Exhibits, an educational website that leverages material from 25 libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions to tell lesser-known state history. The first three exhibits explore newspaper journalism, convict labor, and Forsyth County race relations.
Animals, environment, and greenspace
► Thanks to Jekyll Island Foundation donors, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center secured a new utility terrain vehicle that allows its research team to cover more ground, better track turtle movements, and more thoroughly patrol beaches, golf courses, and residential areas.
Park Pride awarded a $66,000 Legacy Grant to Woodruff Park, which will be matched by Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, to support a project making it easier for everyone to access the park, especially visitors in wheelchairs.
Georgia Audubon completed habitat restoration work at the Little Creek Horse Farm and Park in DeKalb County, part of a 2019 Habitat Restoration Grant they awarded to the Little Creek Farm Conservancy to restore a creek bank and create a bird- and wildlife-friendly habitat. The restoration area has also been certified as a Georgia Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary.
VOX Teen Communications released their Spring & Summer 2021 Lesson Guide, providing interactive learning activities suitable for wherever teens are meeting and learning – including online. This year’s guide was produced in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Master of Arts in Creative and Innovation Education program.
The Home Depot Foundation announced new strategic partnerships with 100 Black Men of America and Girl Scouts of the USA, each providing introductory trades training experience and career education for their young constituents. Pilot programs will launch in Atlanta and several other U.S. locations this fall.
► To tackle barriers to vaccination in Southwest Georgia – especially in Black, LatinX, and Native American communities – Fair Count and the Southern Economic Advancement Project launched the #CountMeIn mobile vaccination clinic series. Check here for the current schedule of vaccination events and other vaccination resources.
At a May 26 event, Dementia Spotlight Foundation, Dementia Friends Georgia, and DeKalb County launched a new collaboration aiming to create Georgia’s first dementia-friendly county via easy-to-access resources; see coverage from Atlanta’s CW69 News here.
Over the last nine months, Tommy Nobis Center produced 10,000 COVID prevention kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and education materials, distributed by neighboring nonprofits to individuals impacted by the pandemic. Funding from a Cobb County Community Development Block Grant paid for the effort, which also provided employment opportunities for people with disabilities that the Center serves.
► KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools opened the doors to the KIPP Vision Health Center, created in partnership with Southside Medical Center, Emory University School of Medicine, and The Marcus Foundation, to serve the KIPP Vision Campus and the surrounding community.
HomeAid Atlanta’s 20th Annual Essentials Drive brought in and delivered a record-breaking total of 225,000-plus items, as well as funds, benefiting 23 nonprofits serving families with infants or toddlers that are experiencing or at risk for homelessness. In addition, HomeAid kicked off its fifth major project at The Drake House on May 12 by prepping an 8-unit apartment building for major plumbing and restoration work.
Focused Community Strategies (FCS), City of Atlanta leaders, and developers celebrated the groundbreaking of Haven at South Atlanta, an 84-unit “deep affordability” rental community spearheaded by FCS and developer Pennrose with funding from Housing Opportunity Bonds (approved by Invest Atlanta) and a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit granted by the State.
► Refugee Women’s Network was selected by REI for a 2-year partnership to support their Women’s Hiking Group, a program launched in partnership with Georgia Conservancy to increase accessibility to and inclusion in outdoor spaces for refugee and immigrant women.
Child Enrichment raised over $26,000 at their first Pullin’ 4 Kids clay shoot fundraiser. In addition, their CASA training has resulted in the swearing in of 18 new CASA volunteers for the Augusta area since the end of March.
In May, Giving Kitchen provided a total of $64,322 in financial assistance to 29 food service workers; made direct referrals for 152 more through their Stability Network; and hosted 7 mental health seminars with food industry leaders and mental health pros. They also launched an online Stability Network resource library featuring a curated list of no- and low-cost services.
North Fulton Community Charities completed their three-year, $6.2 million dollar capital campaign to fund the construction of a new service center (to be named after long-time ED Barbara Duffy) and the expansion and remodel of their thrift shop and food pantry.
Jewish Family & Career Services and Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah received a $225,000 grant from Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta, the largest single project allocation in the Fund’s history, to collaborate on a multi-tiered program that empowers women and girls.
The Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) welcomed new board members Dr. Candace Body Williams and Lamar Smith.
Deisha Barnett has joined the board of directors of the Grady Health Foundation.
Georgia CORE board member Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD was named new editor-in-chief of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has a new board vice chair in Charmaine Ward-Millner.
► North Fulton Community Charities welcomed new board members Daniel Abad, Damian Bounds, Dr. Karim Godamunne, Tracey Grace, Dr. Cicily Mapp, and Paul Sharman.
Child Enrichment is excited to announce the promotion of Nicole Beggs to full-time Forensic Interviewer and Therapist.
GAIN (Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network) is grateful for new board members Christina Buensuceso and Jeremy Burnette.
L.E.A.D. Inc welcomed new board members Rendell Jackson, Nick Slappy, Felix Turner, and Jason Washington. Additionally, L.E.A.D. formed a new Leadership Advisory Council populated by Lisa Baker, Kevin Donovan, D.J. Huyck, Ty Lord, Monte Wilson, and Joseph McCrary.
The Junior League of Atlanta announced its new president, Joy Dyess, along with the rest of their 2021-2022 board members: Cassandra Seibles, Chris Brodnan, Sarah Cadagin, Katherine Lanham, Summer Duperon, Laura Guerin, Chaundra Luckett, Erin Cannaday, Joanne Louis, Quiana Riche-Clark, Maranie Brown, Cara Hergenroether, Olivia Watkins, Alex Seblatnigg, Ryan O’Neill, and Sharon Klein.
Covenant House Georgia welcomed Anika M. Calloway, Kara Finley, Jo Ann Herold, Dr. Sivan Hines, Anna Umphress, and Isaac Washington to their board.
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.