GCN Member News | September 6
The Georgia Alliance for Quality Care for Children is launching a new field trip program, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The program will enable child-care providers serving children from low-income families the opportunity to visit more Atlanta educational field trip destinations. The alliance has nearly 120 child-care programs in the Atlanta area, and the grant will permit at least 5,000 children to attend field trips in the coming year. Quality Care for Children officially kicked off the program on August 14th.
Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement has welcomed two new members on the board, Mr. Henry Kelly of Georgia Power Company and Mr. Jonathan Love of Bain and Company.
The Atlanta Women's Foundation has just completed its 2013 spring grant cycle, granting a total of $300,000 to 18 organizations focused on the education, health and wellness of women and girls. Through those grants, more than 5,700 women and girls will have access to programs in the foundation's focus areas, improving outcomes in reduced teen pregnancy, living wage job placements, health screenings and high school graduation rates.
The National Black Arts Festival has raised almost $700,000 in corporate, foundation and individual donations, just $300,000 short of its season fundraising goal. It has also developed a new "Conversations with Masters" series, to include arts legends such as Judith Jamison and former artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. The money raised in this seasonal campaign will pay expenses for the current season.
After 18 years of performing in the same Inman Park space, Dad's Garage is moving to another venue. Developers plan to renovate Dad's old Elizabeth Street property as part of a mixed-use complex. For the time being, at least, the troupe will work primarily from 7 Stages, the well-known Little Five Points theater.
Four nonprofits, including the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta will receive more than $4.5 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless veterans by providing housing stability and financial and emotional support for veterans in metro Atlanta.
Atlanta BeltLine will receive an $18 Million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant goes towards the development of a 2.5-mile portion of the Atlanta BeltLine in the southwest corridor-- formerly a freight rail line that has not been in use for nearly 30 years. The project includes the construction of shared use trails, trailheads and access points, and the preservation of the future streetcar transit corridor.
Chronicle of Philanthropy released its latest national rankings of Top Corporate Donors, and Wells Fargo Bank was No. 1, with total giving of $315.8 million to 19,500 nonprofits. Wells Fargo's numbers in Georgia also were impressive. In 2012, Wells Fargo gave a total of 1,202 grants totaling $7.6 million. The bank also gave another $7 million in the state through the Neighborhood LIFT program, which primarily went to down payments for home buying in the city of Atlanta.
Junior Achievement of Georgia has raised more than $15 million for the Discovery Center, which is being constructed on the mezzanine level of the Georgia World Congress Center. It will include two interactive venues, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, as well as the Delta Career Exploration Center, which will feature career opportunities and jobs of the future. Contributors include Chick-fil-A, SunTrust Banks, Delta Air Lines and the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The Discovery Center will serve 30,000 middle school students a year from the school systems in Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb counties and Marietta.