Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | April 2018

April 12, 2018
| by Editor |

Welcome to our debut edition of Georgia Nonprofit NEWS. GCN will now be delivering the latest updates from our members and partners each month, highlighting accomplishments and impact, new partnerships, staff moves, and more. 

Editor's note: We mistakenly reported that Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company received $1 million from the City of Atlanta and was moving to the Westside. Neither of these items are true and we deeply regret the error and apologize to True Colors board and staff.


Atlanta Community Food Bank and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia each received $150,000, and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia received $100,000, as part of$5 million in donations distributed by Publix Super Markets to Feeding America food banks nationwide.

< The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta broke ground for its new "hub of arts and innovation" on Atlanta's Westside. The new 27,000-square-foot space, known as The Innovation and Expression Studio, will provide a "creative youth development approach driven by arts, innovation, and expression," serving more than 200 kids and teens daily.

Year Up Greater Atlanta was named a 2017 Neighborhood Builder by Bank of America, netting them $200,000 in unrestricted flexible funding, leadership development support, a national network of peer organizations, and the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact.

In partnership with Fulton County Schools, Communities In Schools of Atlanta was awarded this year’s $1.3 million Georgia Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, a federal program designed to support centers that provide students with enrichment opportunities.

The recipients of the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards include Bearings Bike Shop, Georgia Equality, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, and Jerusalem House. Given by Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School, the awards recognize individuals and organizations for work that exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) was awarded a $700,000 grant from The Goizueta Foundation.

CHRIS 180 launched the public phase of its three-year Turning Point capital campaign in the fourth quarter of 2017. Almost $11 million had been raised to that point; early contributors include The Kendeda Fund, Georgia-Pacific, and SunTrust Foundation.

The Atlanta Opera received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, allowing it to continue focusing on new audiences.

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy hosted its 22nd annual Cheer for Children Ball in October 2017, raising more than $200,000.

YMCA of Metro Atlanta has secured financing for the organization's new headquarters, a 54,400-square-foot building to be located in Atlanta's Westside. The “YMCA Leadership and Learning Center” will house the Metro Atlanta administrative offices and a training center for 4,000 regional staff.

The Thomasville Boys & Girls Club, part of of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, received a $25,000 grant from the Balser Professional Advisors Council giving circle, a joint program of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and United Way of Greater Atlanta.

The Woodruff Arts Center received a $5.1 million extension grant from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, part of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation family, to continue its Family Fun programming another three years.

The Foundation of Wesley Woods received a $3.3 million grant from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, one of the largest grants ever received by the organization, in support of a new program providing critical spiritual care for its senior adult residents.

Literacy Action was selected by Atlanta production company Brownieland Pictures to receive a video about its mission as part of Brownieland’s 10-year anniversary pro bono campaign #10in10.

< The Atlanta Opera received an $850,000 capital investment grant from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, which it will use for new pianos, new offices, and practice space for the Atlanta Opera Studio; advanced production and administrative technology; and more.

The Urban League of Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership will each receive a $25,000 grant from the Fifth Third Foundation, which supports homeownership, affordable housing, small business development, and financial stability for individuals and families.

Bobby Dodd Institute, a nonprofit which connects people with disabilities and veterans to job security, has merged with All About Developmental Disabilities, bringing together two organizations with a long history of service to people with disabilities. The two nonprofits will operate as Bobby Dodd Institute.

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ first major grant cycle of 2018, Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company received $25,000 to support a production of King Hedley II by August Wilson, and Atlanta Shakespeare Company received $20,000 to provide a training program for young people.

Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta raised more than $250,000 at its fifth annual Bubbles & Bling fundraising event on January 27.


As part of additional investments in Westside neighborhoods announced in partnership with the City of Atlanta, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation will contribute $15 million for housing, education, health, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and youth leadership.

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation gave Emory University $400 million, the largest gift the school has ever received, to help build a new Winship Cancer Institute Tower in Midtown and a new Health Sciences Research Building next to the existing facility off Clifton Road.

Expanding their Lighting the Way Awards, the SunTrust Foundation distributed a total of $800,000 among 30 nonprofits working to help individuals build financial confidence, including PowerMyLearning Atlanta, Future Foundation, and Open Door Community House. Award winners will participate in a local Financial Well-Being Summit to discuss their work.

< The Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail was officially opened in September, connecting Washington Park to Adair Park in Southwest Atlanta. The three-mile stretch features public art, a greenway, and 11 ADA-accessible entrances, reaching four schools, four parks, and a dozen Westside neighborhoods.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has committed $1.5 million to the University of Georgia to provide need-based aid to students seeking to attend the College of Pharmacy, and students from Atlanta’s Westside.

The Boy Scouts of America announced that it will allow girls to be part of its Cub Scouts programs beginning next year, and announced a program for older girls that will use the Boy Scouts curriculum, allowing them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The SunTrust Foundation awarded $16.9 million in 2017 to more than 1,400 educational institutions and nonprofits, helping more than 300,000 people take steps to improve their financial stability. In addition, SunTrust Bank employees and retirees donated an extra $6.7 million to the United Way.

Park Pride announced over $1 million in grants in this round of its matching grant program, which awards relatively small amounts to improve the city's open spaces. Fourteen community groups were funded, for projects including the creation of nature trails, fitness centers, seating, and even a new park.

The UPS Foundation announced it will award more than $2.6 million in grants to nonprofits focused on environmental initiatives, including UPS partner The Nature Conservancy.

A new Atlanta Audubon Certified Wildlife Habitat was established along PATH400 in North Buckhead through a collaboration of the Atlanta Audubon Society, Livable Buckhead, and the North Buckhead Home and Garden Club, which brought private and public property-owners together to enhance their land for birds and other wildlife.

< Second Helpings Atlanta delivered its one-millionth meal of 2017 on October 21, five weeks earlier than in 2016. In total, SHA delivered 1.4 million meals in 2017, a 13 percent increase over the previous year.

Partnering with Atlanta Public Schools, the Chick-fil-A Foundation helped fund construction of a new full-service health clinic on Atlanta's Westside, opened in November, to serve all Hollis Innovation Academy students and their families. Operating in partnership with CHRIS 180, it will serve 400 patients in its first year and eventually serve nearly 1,000 patients annually.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced the creation of an impact investment fund called the GoATL Fund, the first of its kind in Atlanta. Designed to support programs that address the region’s areas of greatest need, GoATL also seeks to generate financial return, further encouraging investment. GoATL’s first investment is a $750,000 commitment to the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, helping grow their successful family revitalization programs.

< MailChimp and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta launched a 15-week "Community College" in January, in which 31 local nonprofit leaders taught MailChimp employees about their work in education, transportation, the arts, homelessness, criminal justice, and affordable housing. For their final assignment, the 12 participants decided how to distribute $200,000 in donations from MailChimp, including $2,500 from each participant.

The Technical College System of Georgia announced that it will grant $3 million to Marietta High School to help launch one of Georgia's three new College and Career Academies, which currently train approximately 20,000 high school students for in-demand careers.


GCN is proud to welcome Jeff Woodward as incoming board chair, and sound a collective thank-you to retiring chair Patty Tucker.

Julio Carrillo is the new chief operating officer at Techbridge.

The Atlanta Opera welcomed Micah Fortson as the company's new managing director.

Loren Solomon has been hired as the chief marketing officer for Jewish Family & Career Services.

Sarah Hsi was named the new chief information officer at United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Joi Hunter joined Voices for Georgia's Children as the group's first director of fundraising and communications.

Laura McCarty is the new president of Georgia Humanities, succeeding Jamil Zainaldin, who retired at the end of January.

The Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America named C. David Moody Jr. as president of the board of directors.

Literacy Action welcomed new Executive Director Kerry McArdle to her role on Dec. 4, 2017.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber named Marty Flanagan as its chair for 2020, to follow 2018 Chair Russell Stokes and 2019 Chair David Abney.

Marietta-based nonprofit Enduring Hearts has named Carolyn Salvador its new executive director.

Park Pride has hired Ariane DeLong as its development director.

Jomal Vailes has joined Communities In Schools of Georgia as its chief philanthropy officer.

< Truly Living Well Founder and CEO K. Rashid Nuri will transition to a new role as elder and advisor in the local food movement, effective August 31, 2018. A search for his successor is underway.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has named two new members of its senior staff: Marcie Beskind is the new chief financial officer/chief administrative officer, and Beth Warner has been promoted to chief philanthropy officer.

100 Black Men of Atlanta named Dr. Kevin James as their acting chief operating officer.

The Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta announced its 2018 board officers: Emily Crawford, President; Kristie Madara, Vice President; Sydney Langdon, Secretary; and Sara Simonds, Treasurer.

Melanie Conner has joined Rainbow Village as its new CEO, succeeding the Reverend Nancy Yancey, who retired at the end of 2017.

Goodwill of North Georgia announced the selection of Jenny Taylor as the new vice president of career services.

The Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement has appointed Dr. Leslie Hazle Bussey as executive director.

Habitat for Humanity of NW Metro Atlanta appointed Paul Ascari as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Bill Alexander, who is retiring in spring 2018.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta appointed Kwame Johnson as CEO.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity welcomes Shari Henning as its new chief development officer, and John Laughter and Karen Tracy to its board of directors.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta announced the appointment of new Corporate Board Chair Susan Ward, and welcomed new members Jen Bressler, LeighAnn Costley, Gardiner Garrard, Fran Gary, Elizabeth Halkos, and Pete Robinson.

Sheri Labovitz was named president of Second Helpings Atlanta, which she has worked with since 2013.

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