GCN Member News | August 14

August 14, 2013
| by Editor |

Which GCN member received a $1.9 million grant from the US Department of Energy?  Which Food Network star donated their reality show winnings to ACFB?  And what was Make-a-Wish Georgia's 6,000th granted wish?

Make-A-Wish Georgia recently launched a new website and have welcomed Becky Burkett as their new Chief Development Officer. They also granted their 6,000th wish this July! Five-year-old Emerson May, who is living with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, dreamed to go see “Annie” on Broadway in NYC and explore the “big city.” They made her wish come true!

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits was awarded a $25,000 grant from its partner, the Coca-Cola Foundation, to develop leaders through Nonprofit University! The foundation awarded $8.8 million overall in grants to 66 community organizations worldwide during the second quarter of 2013.

Southface Energy Institute was awarded $1.9 million from the US Department of Energy to support research on small commercial building energy efficiency.Their Founder & Executive Director, Dennis Creech was also the winner of the 2013 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing and its $50,000 prize.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta was awarded a grant from the Nissan Foundation. They are one of twenty-nine nonprofits selected as 2013 grantees. The foundation awarded grants ranging from $10,000 to $65,000.

Atlanta-area chef and this year’s winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped,” Kevin Rathbun, donated his $10,000 winnings to his local favorite charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The total amount of money will feed eighty thousand people. Rathbun is also the first Atlanta Chef to win both Iron Chef America and Food Network's "Chopped" television show.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awarded a $50,000 grant to The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation to help pay for a new heating and air conditioning system, new basement and attic insulation and other improvements at Rhodes Hall.

Visitors around metro Atlanta got a close-up look at the environmental health of Lake Lanier on a tour Aug. 3 hosted by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper as part of its inaugural Watershed Outings series. Passengers were treated to a staff-led guided tour of the lake by Sally Bethea, founding executive director of the Riverkeeper, and Jason Ulseth, technical programs director.

Casey Bruce is a Communications Coordinator at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. 

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