Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | August 2018

August 09, 2018
| by Editor |

The latest updates from our members and partners, highlighting accomplishments and impact, new partnerships, staff moves, and more. (Get yours delivered monthly! Sign up here.)

WSB-TV, along with many others in Georgia’s media and nonprofit communities, are wishing Jocelyn Dorsey a fond farewell upon her retirement. Atlanta’s first African American news anchor, Dorsey has served Georgia’s residents for 45 years from both behind the newsdesk and behind the scenes, as producer of People 2 People and Director of Editorials & Public Affairs. Everyone at GCN would like to thank her for her powerful community advocacy, her commitment to the nonprofit sector, and, especially, for all she’s done to help make GAgives on #GivingTuesday into the state’s biggest day of philanthropy.


Hospice of the Golden Isles was awarded a one-to-one matching grant of $60,000 from St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation in support of their endowment, which is managed by Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

The Junior League of Atlanta received a $32,389 matching grant from Grants to Green (a partnership of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The Kendeda Fund, and Southface) to fund eco-friendly and energy efficient initiatives throughout their headquarters.

Rainbow Village recently received three grants: the $30,000 Dream Big grant from TechBridge, helping fund a technology overhaul; a $15,000 grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation; and a $2,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County.

Camp Sunshine was awarded a $17,500 grant from The UPS Foundation in support of its volunteer training and Leader In-Training programs.

First Step Staffing was invited to the Atlanta Regional Council’s “Civil Lunch” to discuss their experiences with the workforce, including what they’ve learned and potential solutions to current, local employment and education challenges.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta held a back-to-school block party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their At-Promise Boys & Girls Club, an English Avenue-based project in partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation.

Atlanta Ballet recently received two major new grants in support of its education and outreach programs: a $750,000 three-year grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and a $300,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

CARE USA has been awarded a $3 million grant by MathWorks, a Massachusetts-based company that develops software for scientists and engineers, to support its education and workforce development initiatives.

At their third annual Dream Big Atlanta event, the Arby’s Foundation raised more than $400,000 to support childhood hunger, youth leadership, and career readiness.

During their 5th annual Radiothon, Camp Twin Lakes (CTL) and AM 680 The Fan raised a record $115,000, enough to send more than 200 children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other serious challenges to camp. This summer, CTL hosted a record 3,800 campers.

YMCA of Metro Atlanta was one of two organizations to receive this year’s Managing for Excellence awards, a competitive program of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta which includes a $75,000 grant, consulting services, and nonprofit management classes.  


Taking up a challenge put forth by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, MUST Ministries placed 13 families into stable housing within 100 days, exceeding their goal by 30 percent. Over the past year, MUST has also helped 618 clients find employment and return more than $11 million to the local economy.

The UPS Foundation announced it will award over $10 million in grants, among 44 different organizations, in support of diversity and inclusion. Among the recipients are 100 Black Men of America, Special Olympics Georgia, and Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

Over 100 kids living with epilepsy attended a week of nonstop fun at Camp Carpe Diem, a program of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia; in a follow-up survey, 99 percent said they could not wait to return next year.


> Eighteen students taking part in Next Generation Men & Women met with Civil Rights legend and U.S. Congressman John Lewis on July 17 at his Capitol Hill office as part of their Next Gen Exposure Visit to Washington, D.C.

At Cox Media Group Atlanta’s annual Stuff the Bus Saturday on July 21, the leaders, employees, and audience members of Cox stations came together to donate enough backpacks and other school supplies for 1,522 students. Over the following weeks, Children’s Restoration Network donated those supplies to children and teens living in shelters and group homes across 19 Georgia counties.

For the first time in its 19-year history, Kidz2Leaders added a second week of Camp Hope, their flagship program, to expand their reach to more children of inmates in Georgia and set the groundwork to double the number of children served over the next five years.

This graduation season, all 28 high school seniors participating in the Next Generation Men & Women program received their high school diplomas.

On Aug. 1, Hands On Atlanta launched a new podcast, The Weekly High 5, featuring volunteer opportunities, community events, interviews with “Atlanta changemakers,” and more.

Through its Literacy For All donor-advised fund, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awarded $298,000 among 27 Georgia organizations in support of multigenerational literacy programs. Among the organizations receiving grants: Friends of Refugees, Hands On Atlanta, International Rescue Committee, Literacy Action, Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, and Our House.


> On July 24, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) opened a 270,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Pediatrics in Brookhaven, bringing together multiple pediatric clinics, programs, and specialists under one roof. The Center is the first part of CHOA’s new 70-acre medical campus.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Atlanta Audubon Society, the Georgia Native Plant Society, and several other nonprofits, September 2018 was designated the inaugural Georgia Grows Native for Birds Month in a proclamation by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Agape Youth & Family Center held another successful Great Backpack Give-Away campaign this year, distributing backpacks full of school supplies for 2,228 children. The Arby’s Foundation, a program sponsor, donated over 2,000 sandwiches for volunteers helping sort, pack, and distribute.

In July, HomeAid Atlanta completed renovation of a 16-bed apartment building for Making A Way Housing, which supports homeless adults with housing and case management.  


Future Foundation CEO Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim was selected by TechBridge to receive the first ever Bill Bolling Nonprofit Leader Award, to be presented at the Dream Big Celebration on Aug. 29.

Jewish Family & Career Services has announced that Gabrielle Stearns will be its new chief development officer.

Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture has named its new executive director, former Chief Administrative Officer Carol J. Hunter.

Advocates for Children welcomed Rachel Castillo as its new president and CEO.

The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP) board of directors has appointed Ronald McNeill as the chapter's next president and CEO.

Kidz2Leaders is pleased to welcome the following members to their board: Aaronde Creighton, Julie English, Marcia Wessels, and Thomas Cotton.

Cox Media Group Atlanta promoted Jennifer Grove to the position of Manager of Community Affairs, and Condace Pressley to the position of Director of Community Affairs.

Tommy Nobis Center has promoted Lisa Hughes to chief operating officer.

The CDC Foundation welcomes James Marks to the board of directors.

Historic Oakland Foundation added two new board members: Kay Y. Wallace and Timothy S. Montz.

The Alliance Theatre welcomed Bill Freitag to their board.

GCN Highlights

On Sept. 28, GCN will be presenting an all-day event, Competing for and Keeping Top Talent: A Nonprofit HR Summit, alongside our partners at the SunTrust Foundation, Mutual of America, and Marsh & McLennan Agency, hosted by Georgia Power. Register now, while space is still available!

A national nonprofit benefits survey is underway at GCN’s hiring and career resource site for purpose-driven employers, Work for Good. Be a part of the most comprehensive nonprofit benefits benchmarking effort in the U.S., and you’ll receive an advance copy of the 2018 Nonprofit Benefits Report, plus the chance to win two Southwest Airlines round-trip travel passes for your organization.

The Nonprofit Consulting Group is excited to announce a new hands-on, team-based learning-and-planning program called DOING LABS, where nonprofits can get the training, templates, support, and space to complete mission-critical plans in areas like fundraising, talent development, and overall strategy. Each Lab will be limited to five organizations, so register yours today.

Senior Consultant Elizabeth Runkle gave a presentation about engaging boards in fundraising and friendraising at this year’s Georgia CASA Conference.

GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group recently completed two executive searches, led by Senior Consultant Mary Hughes. We are happy to congratulate Cathedral Towers and their new CEO Janel Green, and GCAPP along with their new ED Ronald McNeil.

Consultant Tommy Pearce completed a program evaluation for Lawyers for Equal Justice, an incubator program for innovative, socially-conscious and sustainable law practices.

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