GCN Member News | October 31

One of our GCN members recently honored civil rights leader, Rev. C.T. Vivian, with a "send-off" in Atlanta as he prepares to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. GCN's own Nonprofit Consulting Group helped guide the merger of two successful member organizations. 

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as well as other dignitaries honored civil rights leader the Rev. C.T. Vivian, one of this year's 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom with a "Send Off Salute" this month. Vivian, 89, was a close friend and associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement and has remained active in the movement ever since, currently serving as president of the SCLC. He will be awarded the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama on November 20, 2013.

Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA) and Refugee Family Services (RFS) have announced plans to merge into one organization for great community impact. With the help and guidance of GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group and a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, a legal merger agreement was approved and signed on Sept 30, 2013 and is expected to be fully executed by October 2014. 

HomeAid Atlanta, in partnership Overhead Door Company of Atlanta, completed a HomeAid Care Day at Tapestry Youth Ministries’ Second Chance home in Fairburn. The Overhead Door Co. crew fixed the wooden fence around the property, rebuilt a gate, replaced all the screens on the patio, replaced rotten wood on the shed, built new shed doors, pressure washed around the house, fixed an interior door, and helped with a ton of landscape work.  The improvements and repairs were made at no cost to Tapestry Youth Ministries and are valued at $4,000.

Wesley Glen Ministries and Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia were two of 13 Georgia nonprofit organizations who received a TrueBlue Community Awards, totaling $50,000, from Georgia Natural Gas. The nonprofits include organizations from around the state that share the company's community outreach focus on children and education, seniors, energy assistance, and environmental sustainability. Wesley Glen Ministries was a recipient of a $2,500 Natural Leader Award and Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia was a recipient of a $5,000 Blue Flame Award.

Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) released their major report, finding that principals, superintendents and community leaders influence teacher effectiveness. Conditions for Success:  Community Pride, Sustained District Focus, and Teaching Excellence in a Rural Georgia County, explores a case study they conducted in the Monroe County School District after 3rd-grade students achieved 100% proficiency in CRCT reading. This is the second study in GLISI’s Conditions for Success series which investigates the conditions present when student achievement gains occur in districts that participate in GLISI leader training. 


The Atlanta Community Food Bank received a $30,000 grant from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation to provide food to those living in "food insecure" households. The grant is part of a $1.25 million donation that Nationwide is making through Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization.

Trees Atlanta was a recipient of a $35,000 grant from The State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The grant will support Trees Atlanta's youth education program, Urban Tree Trackers, which promotes art, environmental science, leadership and volunteerism to students in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Beginning December 31, 2013, CredAbility is merging with a Virginia nonprofit to create the second-largest credit counseling nonprofit organization in the country. The new company will be known as ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions headquartered in Atlanta. Though CredAbility does most of its counseling by phone or online, the merged nonprofit will have 50 offices in 15 states, enabling expanded in-person counseling.

Bartow Collaborative’s newest program, “Rejuvenate Hope,” will enhance permanency and reunification for their foster care population. The program is in partnership with Highland Rivers and The Washington Group. The program provides mentors to sixty-five birth parents whose child/children are in DFCS foster care and who are working through substance abuse issues. The initial training for the program will begin this November.

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

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