GCN Member News | January 7

GCN members are impacting their communities in many ways, from placing gardens in schools to renovating historic buildings. One was even included on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's 2013 Philanthropy 400.

Cox Enterprises announced that Alexander Taylor has been named executive vice president and John M. Dyer as president and CEO as of January 1, 2014.

Chattahoochee Nature Center welcomed Chris S. Nelson as executive director. Nelson has been the executive vice president and chief of operations of Piedmont Park Conservancy for the past fourteen years.

CARE USA was included on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's 2013 Philanthropy 400.

Senior Connections received received a $25,000 grant from The Rich Foundation and a $5,300 grant from The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia for its Meals on Wheels program. Both grants will fund a compressed natural gas delivery vehicle that will be used to deliver meals to the Atlanta metropolitan area and middle Georgia. 

The Office on Violence Against Women awarded the YMCA of Northwest Georgia a $400,000 grant to be spread over three years to create a program to combat elder abuse. 

Project GRAD Atlanta collaborates with EDU, Inc. to provide aspiring college students the opportunity to apply to 34 colleges and/or universities simultaneously utilizing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Common Application (HBCU).

CURE Childhood Cancer donated more than $2.5 million for research aimed at childhood cancer research and training pediatric oncologists. 

The Captain Planet Foundation plans to install a total of nearly 100 gardens in metro Atlanta elementary and middle schools. The vegetable gardens will help students learn about healthy foods and fresh produce. Foods grown in the gardens are incorporated into their daily meals. 

Park Pride is awarding 17 Atlanta and DeKalb County parks a total of $625,000 in matching grants. Three parks - Little Nancy Creek, Mountain Way Common and Walker Park - each received $100,000 for park improvements. Southfork Conservancy was awarded about $92,000. Park Pride also credits the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation and the Cecil B. Day Foundation for donations.

Atlanta Botanical Garden's "Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life," exhibit of artful wildlife figures will be having an encore starting in May 2014. "Imaginary Worlds" will grow from 19 to 28 monumental sculptures, and the pieces will be sited in different and new areas of the garden. Many of the sculptures, steel forms covered with thousands of pruned annuals that grow in soil-and-sphagnum moss-filled netting - will sport fresh colors and textures in their new locations. The nine new sculptures, created by International Mosaiculture of Montreal, will include two orangutans, three gorillas and four frogs.

Morehouse College received $5 million from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. The gift will go toward renovating the historically black college's Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, the spiritual heart of Morehouse College.

Anita James is a Communications Coordinator at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. 


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