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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | March 2020

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GCN announcements

COVID planning
To help you meet the challenges of our present public health situation, GCN has produced a Nonprofit guide to COVID planning, with emergency planning tips in three key dimensions: employees, stakeholders, and business disruption.

Legislative updates
In the Georgia Assembly, Governor Kemp’s FY 2021 and Amended FY 2020 budget proposals are being revised to curb certain cuts that directly affect critical services; in some cases, funds were not just restored but increased, including Medicaid support for new mothers and people with disabilities.

Meanwhile, Georgia SB 373 was approved by the Senate in a 53-0 vote. The House is now considering this important legislation, which extends the same liability protections to nonprofit leaders (including board members) that are currently enjoyed by for-profit entities.

Scholarship expansion
GCN’s member-exclusive scholarship program, generously funded by Wells Fargo, is relaunching with expanded support for three of GCN’s signature programs: Doing Labs, NU certificate series, and individual NU courses. Mark your calendar: Applications open on March 16, and only a limited number of awards are available.

Welcome, new GCN members!

  • CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors
  • Coastal Camden Art League
  • New Church Development Commission
  • Purr Nation Cat Alliance
  • In His Image Bible Institute International
  • Reaping the Harvest Outreach Ministries International


GoATL Fund, the impact investment arm of Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, closed on a $1.5 million loan to Local Initiatives Support Corporation in support of increased access to healthcare, healthy food, and financing in underserved Metro Atlanta neighborhoods.

Over two events in February, Wholesome Wave Georgia gathered farmers, market managers, and healthcare providers to train them in combating food insecurity with help from their core programs; they also celebrated the 14 recipients of their latest round of Market Innovation Mini Grants. (Image credit: LR Photo)


The Georgia Historical Society set a new institutional fundraising record with their 2020 Georgia History Festival, which brought in $1.625 million.

For the second year in a row, Tommy Nobis Center was named among the Metro area’s Top Workplaces by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as determined through anonymous employee surveys.

► Alongside American Red Cross of Georgia CEO Jennifer Pipa, Governor Kemp declared March as American Red Cross Month, which will celebrate Red Cross volunteers and seek to engage more of them.

At their JA Business Hall of Fame gala, Junior Achievement of Georgia welcomed more than 750 guests and raised over $890,000, two new records for the event.

Atlanta Audubon Society received a $20,900 grant from the Georgia Ornithological Society to support second-phase habitat restoration work at Alpharetta’s Big Creek Greenway, to be conducted with the Georgia Native Plant Society and others.

Georgia CORE, partnering with Mercer University, produced a new research report entitled 5 Actions to Save More Lives, aimed at improving cancer survivorship in Georgia.

◄ Rainbow Village earned a “Best of Gwinnett” in Family Services through a county-wide survey put together each year by Guide to Gwinnett.

Among the 44 nonprofits receiving a 2020 community benefit grant from Piedmont Healthcare: Covenant House Georgia, Gateway Center, Odyssey Family Counseling Center, Athens Community Council on Aging, Good Shepherd Clinic, Hands of Hope Clinic, and Team Up Mentoring.


GEEARS ED Mindy Binderman wrote a guest column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution arguing against the cuts to early education programs proposed in Governor Kemp’s FY 2021 budget.

Multi-Agency Alliance for Children ED Heather Rowles was recognized by the Georgia Professional Human Service Association with a Friend of Children Award.

Kidz2Leaders welcomes Alyssa Deslauriers as their new operations coordinator, and Ellen Cooper, formerly community relations manager, as their new Camp Hope manager.

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation has announced Sylia Obagi as their new vice president, finance.

On January 25, Kate’s Club CEO Kate Atwood delivered a TEDx talk in Big Sky Montana on reframing grief for children.

redefinED atlanta welcomed Adah Pittman-Delancey as their vice president of impact and external relations.

Park Pride Atlanta welcomed Luis Avila-Estrada, Atiba Mbiwan, and Susan Stainback to their board.

► Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta has named its 2020 Bigs of the Year, chosen from over 1,400 volunteers: Paola Juárez Castillo and Glenn Noronha.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced four new board members: Rabbi Peter Berg, Richard W. Courts IV, Julia Houston, and Wonya Lucas. In addition, long-time staffer Lita Pardi was named interim vice president of the community organization, joined by new subject matter experts Errika Moore, Alyssa Cobbs, and Katrina DeBerry. The Foundation also welcomed Mary Cernilli as their director, investments, and Alison O’Carroll as director and philanthropic counsel.

Atlanta Audubon Society elected Joshua Gassman, Gus Kaufman, Emmeline Luck, Paige Martin, and LaTresse Snead 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.

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