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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | October 2020

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Fresh insight into racism and equity: The recently-launched Campaign for Equal Dignity, a project of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, has built a library of event replays covering racism and equity from a wide range of angles.

New election integrity effort: Georgia Support the Vote is a new, nonpartisan coalition of businesses and community leaders committed to ensuring a safe, fair election. Find easy action steps for employers, and join the coalition, on their site.



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Truist made an initial $40 million donation to launch a new national nonprofit fund, CornerSquare Community Capital, to support community development financial institutions.

The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to The Salvation Army to support relief efforts for those affected by wildfires on the West Coast.

Cox Communications pledged to invest $60 million over the next year to help close the digital learning gap, and launched a new program to help school districts implement virtual learning.

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta announced a new round of microgrants (up to $5,000) in support of outside-the-perimeter groups and initiatives, including masks for youth and teachers. Their next microgrant cycle will benefit North Fulton projects; apply by Oct. 22.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students) released their 2020 Georgia Voter Guide on Early Care and Learning ahead of the election on November 3.

United Way of Coastal Georgia received a $50,000 grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center to support their voter mobilization efforts.

Georgia Equality released their list of endorsements for the upcoming election in November.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

Georgia Audubon partnered with the Town Center Community Alliance and Atlanta artist Christina Ward to install a new 12-foot-tall Chimney Swift tower along the Noonday Creek Trail in Kennesaw.

Piedmont Park Conservancy raised more than $60,000 from their Un-Party for Piedmont Park, a virtual event featuring cooking and cocktail demos, DJ dance parties, and live music.

Arts and culture

▲ On August 28, ArtsXchange kicked off the free-to-attend, COVID-compliant, outdoor Front Porch Concert Series, featuring food, art, and live performances. They also teamed with the International Action Center to launch Movement Mondays, a weekly online discussion series that pairs a veteran activist with a young activist to talk peaceful protesting and arts activism.

▶ Through the Picnic Table Project, The City of Dunwoody enlisted the Dunwoody Nature Center, Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta, Dunwoody Preservation Trust, Pebble Tossers, and others to build, decorate, and donate new outdoor seating for local restaurants to promote business. Good Day Atlanta highlighted the project in a recent story.

Human services

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta raised over $500,000 at this year’s Legacy Awards Gala, held hybrid-style and celebrating the organization’s 60th anniversary.

Over two work days in August, HomeAid Atlanta and its corporate volunteer partners provided maintenance, repairs, and upgrades for facilities at Jesus Set the Captive Free and North Georgia Angel House. In September, they celebrated the completion of a new home for young mothers at House of Dawn, and assembled 500 CareKits for North Fulton Community Charities.

CHRIS 180 raised $415,000 through their 20th annual CHRIStal Ball, held virtually this year, exceeding their fundraising goal.

Georgia Organics has taken the reigns of the popular Atlanta Foodcast discussion program. The podcast, relaunched Oct. 6, features a new format and new hosts, with founder and former host Ben Getz staying on as producer.

Friends of Refugees, International Rescue Committee Atlanta, CORE, and the DeKalb County Board of Health have teamed up to provide free, on-site, rapid-results COVID testing in Clarkston over multiple dates. Over their first three weekend events, they provided tests for 814 individuals; engagements are ongoing at multiple Atlanta-area sites.

Expanding on their joint Food As Medicine program, Open Hand Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Grady Health Center opened the Jesse Hill Market on the Center’s grounds to offer patients greater access to healthy food, plus educational services like cooking classes.

On Oct. 3, Bloom Our Youth made their largest delivery to date, providing new backpacks and socks for 400 children in DeKalb, Fulton, and Fayette through the Division of Family & Children Services. Bloom was also awarded a $100,000 grant from Ribbons of Hope to fund a mobile version of their free clothing program for foster children, The Bloom Closet.


Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) announced that Alpa Amin will become their new executive director, starting January 1, 2021.

Georgia Audubon welcomed Sergio Sabat-Bonilla as their new Coastal Sea Grant Fellow, a position made possible through a partnership with Georgia Sea Grant and the Jekyll Island Authority.

The Empty Stocking Fund elected five new board members: Stephanie Crawford, Alvin Glymph, Joseph Manusakis, Brian Nealon, and C.J. Stewart; they also established an advisory board including Darryl Lesure, Dennis Lockhart, and Will Williams.

Community in Schools of Atlanta welcomed new board members Josh Hirsh, Reina Short, and Sarah Spiegel.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) has named Angela Doyinsola Aina as their new executive director; Aina previously served as co-director and interim ED for BMMA.

HealthMPowers welcomed five new board members: Gerry Halphen, Pat Hickok, Jasmine Hoffman, Nicole Mosley, and Sonya Tinsley-Hook.

The UPS Foundation appointed Nicole “Nikki” Clifton as their new president of social impact.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center announced four new board members: Odessa M. Archibald, Stephen Boyd, Andrew Rodbell, and Meghan Shakar.

The Zeist Foundation will welcome new Associate Director Danielle Gray to the team in November; they used GCN’s Work for Good hiring resource to post the position.

Tommy Nobis Center welcomed Devon Jackoniski to their board of directors.

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools announced that Chief Schools Officer Mini’imah Shaheed will become new CEO starting in the spring of 2021; current ED Kinnari Patel-Smyth will transition to the role of KIPP Foundation President.

Nancy Flake Johnson, CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, was selected to receive a Women Who Mean Business Award, handed out each year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The Center for the Visually Impaired announced that Lisa Kennedy will become their new president and CEO.

Katherine Moore has taken on the role of president at Georgia Conservancy as of Oct. 1; previously, Moore served as vice president of programs and director of sustainable growth.

Among those recognized in this year’s Georgia Trend magazine 40 Under 40 feature: Kwame Johnson, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta; Brent Pease, co-founder and Chief Inspirational Officer of the Kyle Pease Foundation; and Merri Sherman, ED of the Greater Columbus Sports and Events Council.

In September, 100 Black Men of America elected a new board for 2021: Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.; Albert E. Dotson, Jr.; Milton H. Jones, Jr.; Dr. Mark Alexander; Charles Walker; Bill Luster; Stan Savage; Kolarele Sonaike; Michael Victorian; James Duke; Wesley Webb; Dr. Ed Brown; Charles Griggs; Rodney Pelt, Sr.; and Mark Reed.

Interesting reads

Wholesome Wave Georgia announced a 5-step action plan for addressing social justice reform, based on the work of their Special Board Committee. Read about it here.

Southface published a report on the SAE School’s progress toward becoming 100% solar-powered, and the funding that’s making it possible.

Georgia Health News (GHN) has a state-focused analysis of a new national survey that asked rural residents about their COVID-related challenges. GHN also looked into a new report that ranks Georgia no. 46 among U.S. states in terms of health care system performance.

In time for Hispanic Heritage Month, Communities in Schools of Atlanta contributed a column on the nonprofit’s Latinxcellence program to Saporta Report.

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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