GCN Member News | October 16

Which of our members received a five year, $3.9m federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s School Leadership Program? Who recently launched new mobile apps? Below, catch up on the latest GCN member news.

Southface presented its 2013 Argon Award for unique achievement and leadership in sustainability to The Kendeda Fund, during Southface’s annual Visionary Dinner at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The Kendeda Fund works to spread the word of sustainable and efficient practices. It has contributed over $400 million to a variety of organizations that promote sustainability, social equity, human achievement and a number of related endeavors.

TechBridge received a Google Community Grant of $50,000. The grant will be used to fund a 'Cloud Advisor' on the TechBridge staff. The Cloud Advisor will be dedicated to assessing nonprofits' feasibility of moving to the cloud; developing migration plans; performing cloud migrations; and providing an avenue for post-implementation support.

The Home Depot Foundation is making a $150,000 grant to ToolBank USA to help the Atlanta-based nonprofit expand its national network. The grant is the third investment by The Home Depot Foundation since the founding of ToolBank USA in 2008.

The Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) and Carroll County Schools will be recipients of a five year, $3.9m federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s School Leadership Program. The winning proposal, High Calling: Coaching and Learning for Leaders in Carroll County High Schools, was one of only 20 proposals selected by the highly competitive nationwide program to recruit, train, and mentor principals and assistant principals. The grant will support four key activities designed to accelerate improved outcomes for Carroll County high school students.

United Way of Greater Atlanta launched a "Money Game" app, a new free mobile app that will be powered by the SunTrust Foundation.  The app will help users improve their financial literacy while playing a game. It was developed to expand the organization’s reach outside the classroom to more individuals and families across its 13-county region. 

The James M. Cox Foundation gave a $250,000 grant to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity to help fund the purchase and renovation of a new, environmentally sustainable headquarters building. Atlanta Habitat will move from its current leased space into a new 5-acre property near the Atlanta BeltLine in Reynoldstown by the end of 2014.

The East Lake Foundation is on the way to completing the vision of a cradle-to-college education program for the children of the East Lake community. Currently under construction, The Drew Charter School Senior Academy at the Charlie Yates Campus in East Lake will increase the educational pipeline to 12th grade, putting it closer to its mission of reaching a 100 percent graduation rate and 100 percent college admission rate for all of its students.

Quality Care for Children (QCC) announced the launch of its All Georgia Kids native mobile application, which is available for free in the Apple iTunes app store. The new app allows families to search and compare more than 6,000 child care programs in Georgia, is the first of its kind in the state.

The UPS Foundation kicked off its global volunteer month by committing to plant another 1 million trees around the world. The foundation also has awarded $2.3 million in grants to support environmental programs and forestry focused initiatives globally.

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

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