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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | September 2020

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The latest updates from our members and partners, highlighting accomplishments and impact, new partnerships, staff moves, and more.

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For any nonprofit serving families: Funding assistance is now available for families with kids in Georgia schools, up through grade 6, through the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). 

Need a new website? On October 2, 48in48 will host another of their website build-a-thons for nonprofits. Apply by Sept. 11 for your chance to get a new online home.

GCN announcements

Georgia Trend magazine named GCN President & CEO Karen Beavor as one of 15 “legacy leaders” who have devoted themselves to “improving the lives of residents and visitors alike.”



     Welcome, new GCN members!

Our Board Leadership Clinics are underway, designed for nonprofits large and small. Prep your board to raise funds and govern effectively!

GAgives on GivingTuesday is coming up Dec. 1: Join our free class on visual storytelling online, and be sure to check our updated Nonprofit Toolkit.


The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced $1.15 million in Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund grants, going to 28 arts organizations; per a new commitment to equitable grantmaking, 91 percent of that total went to organizations founded or led by BIPOC, including Alternate ROOTS, ArtsXchange, Flux Projects, and True Colors Theatre Company.

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, part of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, granted $4.1 million to HealthMPowers in support of physical fitness programs for middle school girls across Georgia.

South Arts has awarded 20 grants totalling $194,000 to help organizations across the South stay solvent during the pandemic, funded by the NEA and CARES Act appropriations.

Cobb Community Foundation partnered with the Zeist Foundation to fund summer social workers for students through the Cobb Schools Foundation. Cobb Community Foundation also awarded $25,000 to Marietta City Schools from their COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and The Kendeda Fund awarded a $3 million grant to Trees Atlanta for its capital campaign, supporting a new headquarters along the BeltLine.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is hosting the Loved Ones, Not Numbers Memorial Wall (pictured above), a project of the GA Coalition 2 Save Lives that commemorates the victims of COVID-19 in Georgia.

The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council made it easier to learn about their programs and upcoming events with a new voice-activated Amazon Alexa Skill, available now.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

In place of their annual Washington Park Jamboree, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership spent Aug. 22nd delivering 400 “Jamboree Boxes” to Westside residents, each containing PPE, coloring books, produce, seeds, a jump rope, and information on voting, jobseeking, and more.

W-Underdogs was featured in the latest issue of All Creatures magazine, which includes a profile of Founder and “Top Dog” Gracie Hamlin.

Southface Institute recently completed installation work with The SAE School, making it the first 100% solar-powered school in Georgia.

Arts and culture

▶ On Aug. 20, The Columbus Museum and Historic Columbus hosted an online unveiling for a new historical marker, located at the Columbus Consolidated Government Center, to recognize Columbus as the birthplace of Georgia’s women’s suffrage movement.


United Way of Greater Atlanta will run the $22 million Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, established by Mayor Bottoms through the City’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide up to $3,000 per household for rent, utility, or security deposit assistance.

To confront the possibility of mass evictions in the Metro region, four organizations – United Way of Greater Atlanta, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – are spearheading the Save Our Atlanta Region’s Residents (SOARR) project. SOARR’s first effort will be a fundraising campaign to establish an equity fund for eviction prevention and rental assistance.

Rainbow Village raised more than $100,000 through this year’s Second Chance Golf Classic.

HOPE Atlanta launched a year-long pilot program with MARTA, embedding case managers with MARTA Police to better serve unsheltered individuals encountered on MARTA property.

Human services

Atlanta Community Food Bank opened a new 14,000-square-foot Community Food Center in Stone Mountain to serve as a distribution hub and local food pantry.

Kate’s Club raised more than $400,000 through their virtual Mourning Glory Gala at Home fundraising event

Atlanta Mission, Christ Community Health Services Augusta, and Good Samaritan Health Center each received a grant from Delta Dental Foundation in support of their COVID-related relief work.


Wholesome Wave Georgia welcomed two new staff members: Program Manager Alex Duncan and Finance Manager Selim Ikizler.

Bloom announced that Joyce Gaglione has joined as new fundraising and events manager.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation President Ron Frieson has been named COO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; VP of Corporate Development Rob Bentley is now serving as the Foundation’s interim president.

First Step Staffing appointed William Block and Paulino de Rego Barros to its board.

CURE Childhood Cancer welcomed Jessica Langlois as their new director of development.

Rainbow Village CEO Melanie Conner received a Moxie Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in the “Pay It Forward” category. Rainbow Village also added Debbie Mitcham to its board.

Georgia Council on Aging named Ruth Lee to serve as their new chair.

Cobb Community Foundation CEO Shari Martin was recognized by Food Security for America for her “Exemplary Leadership Uniting Cobb” during the pandemic.

Georgia Equality welcomed Alexa Bryant as their new Development and Communications Coordinator.

South Arts has named Sheri Snyder their new vice president of advancement.

Odyssey Atlanta welcomed Jennifer Kellett as their new director of development.

Interesting reads

How Trees Atlanta keeps track of 140,000 trees, and how they use the data to tell their story.

▶ As part of their 25th anniversary reporting series, Dad’s Garage interviewed the current members of Dark Side of the Room, an improv troupe and show format created by Black performers in 2013.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta speaks with Odyssey Family Counseling Center and Metropolitan Counseling Services in this Saporta Report column on mental health and mental health services in the wake of COVID.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on MOCA GA’s new Working Artist’s Project fellows, and how the pandemic is influencing their work. 

Historic Macon profiled a local resident working to restore a section of Rose Hill Cemetery where Black men, women, and children are buried, but whose monuments have fallen apart due to neglect.

A GCN article was cited in this new Nonprofit Quarterly piece on practical ways that nonprofits better connect with their communities and, as a result, better serve the cause of racial justice. 

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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