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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | March 2021

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Vaccine education materials: The University of Georgia Extension has compiled a list of COVID-19 vaccine factsheets, in English and Spanish, ready to distribute to clients who may be wary or otherwise uninformed about safety, efficacy, and the vaccination process.

Your input needed: Georgia's Department of Community Affairs wants your help with this year's Emergency Solutions Grants and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs. Learn more here, including where to send your comments.

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 April.


▲ The Home Depot Foundation has doubled its commitment to the annual Retool Your School program and is granting $1 million to support campus improvements at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation is matching Bernie Marcus with a donation of $20 million to lay the groundwork for a nationwide mental health network, featuring 20 treatment sites around the U.S. to serve military veterans, first responders, and their families.

Among the donors contributing to $700,000 in grants distributed through this year's Beloved Benefit events are Chick-fil-A, The Coca-Cola Company, UPS, and Wells Fargo; recipients include Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Atlanta University Center Consortium, and Focused Community Strategies.

Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund also made the largest donation in its history, granting $3.5 million to Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), providing capital to minority-owned businesses and low-income communities.

Southface Institute is pleased to announce 19 new nonprofit partners, including Gateway Center and The Southern Center for Human Rights, selected for the GoodUse grant program that guides nonprofits through resource efficiency upgrades to reduce environmental impact.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

▶ With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Georgia Legal Services Program, and the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) collaborated with additional organizations to launch a new legal assistance network, connecting crime victims with free civil legal assistance across Georgia.

Georgia Equality unveiled their 2021-2024 strategic plan to support equity across race, gender and geography.

Voices for Georgia’s Children has released the 2021 Whole Child Primer, a comprehensive guide to the best child and youth policy ideas for Georgia.

Southface Institute launched a 3-part series of reports about the role state and local governments can take in transitioning to a regenerative economy.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

Thanks to volunteer efforts, the Piedmont Park Conservancy and Trees Atlanta planted 25 trees in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.

The National Center for Civic and Human Rights also joined Trees Atlanta in planting over 300 flowering trees at Freedom Park during a 3-day project to honor the legacy of late congressman John Lewis.

The Georgia Conservancy and Refugee Women’s Network have partnered to introduce a monthly hiking program, designed to introduce some of Georgia’s newest residents to the state’s most stunning natural areas and outdoor recreation sites.


GPB has launched Georgia Forests Virtual Learning Journey II, a free classroom resource that provides an interactive and educational experience using the latest technology, including virtual and augmented reality.

State legislators and early childhood advocates from 26 Georgia cities participated in this year’s Strolling Thunder, organized annually by Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) to help make the needs of Georgia’s youngest learners a statewide priority; GEEARS hosted the 4th annual event online, with help from Alliance Theatre “to get everyone on their feet and energized.”

Human services

The Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) received a $500 gift from the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia after being voted January’s Ministry of the Month.

The Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies successfully concluded this year’s New Americans Celebration with a virtual week of action, during which over 200 people logged on to view Georgia Senator Kimberly Jackson’s address, then sent 3,512 emails and made 136 phone calls to elected officials. The CRSA is a 21-member collaborative that includes Catholic Charities Atlanta, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Friends of Refugees, Global Village Project, Inspiritus, International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, Jewish Family and Career Services, Latin American Association, New American Pathways, Refugee Women’s Network, and Tapestri.

In February, The Giving Kitchen broke an organization record by awarding a total of $134,380, and making 75 “stability network” referrals, to food service professionals in need of assistance and support.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership are collaborating with other local organizations to bring an additional 59 affordable, single-family houses to Atlanta Habitat’s new Browns Mill Village community.

The Georgia Council on Aging hosted its first-ever virtual Senior Week at the Capitol as a Facebook Live event; view it here.

▶ In celebration of its 30th anniversary transforming the lives of homeless families with children in Georgia, Rainbow Village released a new logo and plans for the year ahead.

Central Atlanta Progress has joined the team of community leaders and organizations developing a comprehensive Curbside Management Action Plan to identify projects and policies that “advance the mobility, safety, and equity of people and businesses in two of Atlanta's bustling neighborhoods.”


The Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) welcomed Rafaela Alvarez as the organization’s first official operations manager, Darragh Wright as a board member, and interns Pamela De La Cruz, Rachel Morley, and Anna Nicholson.

100 Black Men of Atlanta selected Louis Enrique Negrón Sr. as its next executive director and chief operating officer.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity announces new board officers, directors, and advisory council members for 2021: Danielle Cheung, John Goff, Kristina Kopf Thomas, Joel Glasco, Isabelle Helms, Patrick Boushka, Mike Hibbison, Amber Murray, and Althea Broughton.

Kate’s Club Board Chair Rob Spencer earned the distinguished 2021 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award for his volunteer leadership and long-term commitment to the youth-serving organization.

▶ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is proud to announce the 2021 Bigs and Littles of the year, chosen from more than 1,100 mentor-mentee matches across 12 metro counties: Gloria Kliyanko and Little Sister Aniyah, and Jonathan Wortham and Little Brother Trevon. BBBS Atlanta also named Randy Tanner as their new board chair, and welcomed new board members Nelson Boyce and David Duncan.

Quality Care for Children welcomed Angela Melton as vice president of early care and learning, and announced the addition of board members Jayson Hill, William Hudson, Scott Lyon, Ben Pivar, Alexandra Peurach, and Unn Werner.

Georgia Equality welcomed new board members Rigel Cable, Ary Lee, Rashaun Holliman-Kemp, and Alejandro Ugarte.

Following the retirement of Tamara Carrera, the Community Assistance Center named Francis Horton as the organization’s new CEO.

The Center for Puppetry Arts announced the election of Catherine Love Craft to the board, and celebrated Design Director Stephen Mullinax for once again making it to the final round in the 2021 Peachtree Road Race T-shirt contest, organized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia Council on Aging Legislative Chair Maureen Kelly testified by Zoom at a House Appropriations Human Resource subcommittee meeting on the FY2022 budget, informing lawmakers of the spike in demand for services among Georgia’s seniors, which has led to a 7,000-person-long waiting list despite CARES and Families First funding.

Music in Common is continuing its transition to a youth-led model with the addition of teen board members Makheer Singh, Justice Carswell, Kayla Thomas, Ruby Citrin, Zoe Lemos, and Vianne Militar.

Task Force for Global Health named retired UPS executive Teri McClure as chair of the board.

The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture & the Environment welcomed seven new board members: Doug Cloud, Katrina Erin, Camille Lowe, Ron Sumpter, Gigi Wilborn, Lalohni Campbell, and Celeste Pendarvis.

MUST Ministries announced the addition of board members Angelo Brown, Ellen Hill, Milton Overton, Ellen Pugh, and Dan Styf.

Second Helpings Atlanta welcomed Bianca Frails, Jeff Handler, Paul Clements, Srinivas Somayajula, and Lisa Boren Sivy to its board of directors.

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.

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