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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | November 2020

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Free mental health training:
In partnership with CHRIS 180, Mental Health America of Georgia, and other experts, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is providing training in mental wellness for nonprofit leaders. See the schedule for November and December events.



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  • The Village Center for Culture & Character
  • Sincerity Consulting
  • Sheltering Arms
  • Agnes Scott College
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Wildlife Critters Circle of Life Rehabilitation Center

PPP forgiveness decoder:
Aprio has a new easy-to-use flowchart for determining which PPP loan forgiveness application you should use.

Editorial opportunity:
Atlanta INtown is inviting endorsements for organizations or individuals to feature in a December story titled “20 Who Made 2020 Bearable.” Email suggestions to Editor Collin Kelley.

Emergency housing assistance for Atlantans:
With funding from the City, United Way of Greater Atlanta is offering direct relief to residents hurt economically by the pandemic to cover rent, utilities, mortgages, or security deposits.

Crisis relief for immigrant families:
Immigrant families not eligible for a CARES stimulus check can now apply for a $500 grant to help cover pressing needs.

GCN announcements

With a new three-part series for CEO- and COO-level staff, GCN is giving 50 nonprofit leaders an immersive learning experience in Leading Through Crisis & Change. Learn more and apply now, before seats fill up!

Thanks to popular demand, Mauldin & Jenkins is again offering their Financial Liquidity webinar free for the GCN community; get a preview of the insight you'll pick up this new article from co-host Chris Fields.


The Arthur M. Blank Foundation has donated $200 million to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for their new hospital, which will be named for the foundation; their gift is the single largest in the nonprofit’s history, and the single largest naming gift for a freestanding pediatric hospital.  

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta were honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with their 2020 Spirit of Collaboration Award.

In addition, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center to invest up to $30 million in voter outreach organizations through 2022.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

▲ Georgia Equality is celebrating the election of 70 percent of their endorsed candidates, including three new LGBTQ members of the Georgia General Assembly, as well as the passage of new LGBTQ protections in Statesboro.

The Georgia Innocence Project is celebrating the freedom of wrongly-convicted Ron Jacobsen, now out on bail following 30 years in prison and years of work by the Project, which secured new DNA evidence proving his innocence in 2017.

In their September poll of likely voters in Georgia, GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students) found overwhelming support for their policy proposals; CEO Mindy Binderman shared the results in a piece for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

GAIN (Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network) spoke to 70 victim advocates as part of the Building Bridges series hosted by Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, illuminating issues specific to immigrant victims of crime.

Georgia Council on Aging released its CO-AGE 2021 issues brochure online, outlining solutions for issues facing Georgia’s seniors; they’re inviting all supporters to share it with their legislators. Hard copies are available by request.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

For the third consecutive year, Georgia Audubon received a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund to support their work reducing bird collisions with buildings.

Trees Atlanta celebrated the success of their fifth Youth Tree Team cohort; over seven weeks, the 29 participating teens serviced 2,278 trees and helped restore 39 acres of greenspace.

Piedmont Park Conservancy received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to fund park preservation and enhancement.

Arts and culture

Music in Common hit their $15,000 goal for this year’s Move-a-Thon fundraising campaign thanks to nearly 200 participants, teams, donors, and pledgers.

Among the 77 recipients of 2021 "Vibrant Communities" and "Cultural Facilities" grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts: Altama Museum of Art & History, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Festival Hall, the Georgia Military College Foundation, the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Arts Council, and the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association.

Central Atlanta Progress celebrated the completion of their Auburn Avenue Historic and Cultural Information Project, through which they installed 25 new informative signs and a large-scale mural (pictured) along Auburn Avenue.


For the third consecutive year, Agnes Scott College was ranked the no. 1 Most Innovative School in the country by U.S. News & World Report; the college also placed no. 1 in First-Year Experience, no. 2 in Undergraduate Teaching, and no. 6 among Social Mobility Top Performers.

redefinED atlanta has launched the Innovation Fund for Pandemic Education and Restart, a competitive grant program for innovative ideas that reimagine and enhance public education.

Human services

MUST Ministries broke grown on a new Marietta campus, which will house a 44,000 square-foot emergency shelter complete with a kitchen, dining hall, clinic, chapel, and workforce development services.

Construction has begun on Covenant House Georgia’s new 30-unit apartment building, set to expand the capacity of their Northwest Atlanta crisis shelter by 20 percent. Among the donors behind the $9.7 million capital campaign: The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Tull Charitable Foundation, Zeist Foundation, and SunTrust Trusteed Foundations.

Focused Community Strategies was awarded a $1 million grant by the Lilly Endowment to expand their City Shapers capacity-building program for churches and organizations to 12 more cities over the next 5 years.

The Center for the Visually Impaired launched their new website this month.

Food Well Alliance received a $250,000 USDA Regional Food System Partnership grant, supporting an East Point-based pilot program for Atlanta’s first-ever City Agriculture Plan.

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to help the African-American communities disproportionately affected by COVID through a strategic education and awareness campaign.


The Arthur M. Blank Foundation named Fay Twersky as their new president.

CURE Childhood Cancer announced six new members of its Young Professional Leadership Council: Diana Diaz, Amelia Dortch, Rachel Keyes, Uren Patel, Rachel Phipps, and Tanisha Pinkins.

Rainbow Village CEO Melanie Conner has joined the board of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Janine Musholt has been selected as the next president of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, co-founder and former CEO of Future Foundation, was selected by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to serve as Atlanta’s chief equity officer.

The Center for Puppetry Arts has welcomed new board members Sydney Langdon and Sundeep Reddy.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity will be welcoming new Chief Development Officer Rosalyn Merrick to the team on November 30.

The Association for Fundraising Professionals honored Mary-Kate Starkel of redefinED atlanta with this year’s Stellar Professional Award, and Kiana Lawrence of Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta with the Young Professional Award.

Buckhead Christian Ministry announced six new board members: Ronnie Brown, Bob Cunningham, Ed Easterlin, Jennifer Means, Christy Roberts, and Greg Weller.

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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