Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | May 2021Kelli Lynn Karanovich
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Tax credits now available: Nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees can claim tax credits for paid sick and family leave through the American Rescue Plan Act; find out more from Smith & Howard.
Housing help for Atlantans: The City of Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta have reopened the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program through December 31. Residential renters in Atlanta can apply online now for assistance with rent, utilities, and security deposits.
Grant opportunity: Do you serve youth (up to 21 years old) in terms of basic needs, education, or illness/disability? Gas South invites you to apply for funding by June 5. To learn more, visit this page, scroll down to the headline “A Look at the Impact,” and click the “Impact Investment Application” button.
► Express yourself: Artists are invited to submit proposals across three categories to Atlanta BeltLine's 12th annual Art on the BeltLine exhibition. A virtual information session will be held May 19, and the deadline for submissions is May 28.
For the 12th year of Retool Your School, The Home Depot Foundation is doubling its commitment to $1 million and tripling its impact. This year, 30 campus improvement projects will be funded at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the most projects to be completed in one year through the program.
Truist Financial Corporation has invested $22 million in Atlanta's Mercy Care, a federally qualified health center serving uninsured patients and patients living below the poverty line.
In honor of its 135th anniversary, The Coca-Cola Foundation announced $35 million in new grants to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to support local community and environmental organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Chick-fil-A is providing $500,000 to Morris Brown College for a program preparing students for careers in organizational leadership and hospitality.
Acting in partnership with the Fox Theatre Institute, Southface Institute selected 17 nonprofits, including 3 historic theatres, plus schools and social justice organizations, to benefit from the GoodUse grant program.
Among the nonprofits receiving a grant from Gwinnett County's COVID-19 Nonprofit Funding Opportunity Program, funded through the federal CARES Act:
- Africa's Children's Fund
- Annandale Village
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
- Center for Pan Asian Community Services
- Easterseals North Georgia
- Goodwill of North Georgia
- Hi-Hope Service Center
- Latin American Association
- Quality Care for Children
- Rainbow Village
- Sheltering Arms
- Vision Tutoring Educational Foundation
Advocacy, equity, and justice
Fair Count and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, updated their Pandemic to Prosperity: South report with fresh data and ideas to guide the region's shift from response to recovery.
In April, the legal team at CAIR-Georgia secured a $40,000 settlement for a client who experienced religious discrimination in the job hiring process.
Georgia Council on Aging (GCOA) announced the success of this April's Engage with CO-AGE, a virtual week of advocacy. Highlights include participation from 18 senior centers and the release of a 20-minute presentation that has gained over 145 views online, featuring a Q&A with GCOA staff addressing recently passed legislation and the benefits CO-AGE membership.
Nonprofits receiving a Vote Your Voice grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center include Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Fair Count, CAIR Georgia, and Women on the Rise.
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students and Voices for Georgia's Children collaborated to release a research report and summary of recommendations for healthcare providers and policymakers regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Head Start programs and families.
Animals, environment, and greenspace
Southern Conservation Trust launched the new website for the Fayette Environmental Education Center ahead of the post-COVID opening of the physical location.
► Georgia Audubon has been awarded three grants totaling $35,000 – two from the Georgia Ornithological Society and one from KEEN – to fund habitat restoration, native plant awareness efforts, and STEM-based outdoor exploration for youth.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited The Good Food Guide by Georgia Organics as a great place for discovering local farms with "online, pick-up and delivery options."
Center for the Visually Impaired welcomed toddlers and pre-school students back to in-person Kindergarten prep classes, offered in partnership with Georgia PINES. In-person vision assessments and educational support for infants, babies, and children age three and under is also available.
VOX Teen Communications has released its Spring & Summer 2021 Lesson Guide, which provides interactive learning activities for use in digital learning, traditional classrooms, afterschool programs, and summer camps focsuing on the theme of "identity."
► Focused Community Strategies was featured in a 60 Minutes segment about the way that community
organizations can counteract the health risks Black Americans face as a result of racial inequality.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance raised over $20,000 during their virtual day of giving, part of Black Maternal Health Week 2021 and the BMMA's Black Maternal Health Conference, held April 16-17.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta has sold its building at the corner of 17th and Peachtree Streets, and will immediately begin buildout on a new headquarters office at The MET Atlanta in the West End.
▲ For this year's edition of The Next Gen Games, Next Generation Men & Women held a virtual event that connected 220 students and community members via their laptops to spotlight the talents, creative works, and unique perspectives of Atlanta youth; see the video recap here.
Rainbow Village marked its 30th anniversary with the Second Chance Golf Classic, which included 184 golfers and raised over $125,000 in support of Atlanta families experiencing homlessness.
► Tommy Nobis Center set an event record by raising more than $235,000 at its annual Galaxy of Stars, a fundraiser to help individuals with disabilities gain employment.
In April, HomeAid Atlanta broke ground on a new 10-bedroom home for nonprofit Gigi's House in Clayton County, which will provide a safe and dignified environment for teen girls seeking refuge.
The Giving Kitchen provided $85,366 to food service workers in need this April and completed 166 referrals via its Stability Network. Additionally, its Pop Up Doc provided food boxes, medical check-ups, and COVID-19 vaccines for 66 food service workers.
Over 50 campers joined Kate's Club online in April to attend a virtual edition of Camp Good Mourning, and then gathered in person for a safe, physically distanced Luminary Walk.
Central Atlanta Progress, in partnership with Atlanta City Council member Amir Farokhi and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, celebrated the completion of four Downtown Decides projects, including a reconfiguration of the Peachtree Center Ave. bike lines to improve safety and ease-of-use.
Through the first round of the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program, funded by the City of Atlanta through the CARES Act, United Way of Greater Atlanta was able to help 6,069 families and individuals stay in their home despite the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DDD Foundation welcomed Marcel Hannah and Philip Flynt to its advisory council, as well as Karen Carney and Maceo S. Sloan to its board.
Saadia Madsbjerg has been named the new president of The Coca-Cola Foundation, beginning June 1, and will also serve as the company’s Vice President of Global Community Affairs.
100 Black Men of Atlanta inaugurated new Board Chairman Keith Ivory Millner in a virtual ceremony featuring community leaders and the nonprofit's own Project Success Scholars.
Southface Institute welcomed Elizabeth Moore and Charles Reith to the board of directors and Amber Whittle in the role of managing director.
► Georgia Organics is excited to announce recent media coverage of board members and farmer members, including Jamila Norman in People magazine, Demetrius Milling on Eater.com, and Zach and Illana Richards in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
CAIR-Georgia welcomed attorney Murtaza Khwaja as new executive director this April.
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity announced the election of three new members to its board of directors: Dewayne King, Jeremy Silverman, and Jorge Valencia.
Wholesome Wave Georgia named Ben Tompkins board chair, and welcomed new members Peter Dale and Mallory deGolian to the board of directors.
Georgians for a Healthy Future welcomed four new board members: Jenny Besse, Abbie Fuksman, Amir Jones, and Chastity Walker.
The Schenck School announced six new members to its board of trustees: Thad Persons, Rick Rollins III, Sarah Bottini, Jennifer Morgan, Kate Denny, and Michaeline Roland.
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation board of trustees has unanimously elected Mathew Pinson as the Foundation’s next president/CEO, effective July 1. Pinson will succeed the Reverend Keith E. Lawder, who is retiring after five years of leadership.
The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta welcomed new Executive Director Justin Howell.
Jen Hidinger-Kendrick of Giving Kitchen appeared on the cover of Atlanta Magazine as part of the publication's 60th anniversary issue.
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.