Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | August 2019

August 08, 2019
| 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.)


SunTrust Foundation awarded a three-year, $2 million grant to 3DE National, a nonprofit started by Junior Achievement of Georgia, to support their expansion in metro Atlanta and outside Georgia.

◄ At their 2019 Dream Big event, Arby’s Foundation awarded a total of $200,000 in grants, including $25,000 each for Agape Youth & Family Center, Bearings Bike Shop, and Covenant House Georgia.

Giving Kitchen provided free health services for 140 food service workers during their second Pop-Up Doc event in June, and trained 259 people through their free suicide prevention training. Originally scheduled for May and June only, the training has been extended indefinitely to keep up with demand.

CURE Childhood Cancer announced plans to award more than $4.3 million in research grants for their 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Atlanta Audubon Society recently certified the 17-acre City of Pine Lake as an official Wildlife Sanctuary 

The UPS Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Second Helpings Atlanta to fund front-line operations and technology enhancements.

TechBridge recently awarded 2019 Dream Big Technology Grants to five Georgia nonprofits, including Advocates for Children, Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network, and Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates.


The Cobb Chamber of Commerce launched another year of their leadership development program with the announcement of their 50-member Leadership Cobb Class of 2020.

◄ On July 23, CHRIS 180 opened a new 20,000-square-foot facility on its DeKalb County campus. Named the Center of Excellence for Training, Education, and Connections, it will increase the number of people they serve from 6,500 in 2016 to more than 14,000 in 2020.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia received a $75,000 grant from the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, supporting the launch of a new prenatal education website and other educational initiatives.

Among the nonprofits awarded funding by the Georgia Council for the Arts in their latest round of Partner, Project, and Arts Education Grants: Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Center for Puppetry Arts, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, Flux Projects, Georgia Ensemble Theatre Company, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Morris Museum of Art, Woodruff Arts Center, The Atlanta Opera, The Columbus Museum, The Michael O’Neal Singers, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, The Global Village Project, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, VOX Teen Communications, and Serenbe Institute for Arts, Culture, and the Environment.

◄ Camp Twin Lakes raised more than $100,000 through their 6th annual Radiothon, an on-the-air fundraising event hosted by 680 The Fan.

GEEARS received a grant of $20,000, along with technical assistance, through the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative’s Lead Catalytic Awards, supporting efforts to eliminate lead poisoning. GEEARS also made the list of finalists for the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2019 Best Places to Work awards.

Trees Atlanta launched a new website this month featuring updated program pages, interactive maps, and more.

Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network received a grant from the South Asian Bar Association of North America to build, in partnership with Raksha, a cultural responsiveness training program for pro bono attorneys.

◄ Next Generation Men & Women hosted the inaugural Atlanta Education Stakeholder Summit in July, bringing together 100 educators, lawmakers, community members, and nonprofits.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a proclamation designating the month of September as Georgia Grows Native for Birds Month, a collaborative project of Atlanta Audubon Society and the Georgia Native Plant Society.

HouseProud Atlanta received a $100,000 grant from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority to provide home repairs for seniors living in the neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field. 


The Atlanta Humane Society announced that Jeffery Ellis has joined its board of directors.

United Way of Greater Atlanta welcomes new Chief Community Impact Officer Katrina D. Mitchell.

Whitefoord has selected Jean O’Connor as their new CEO and ED.

MedSahre elected Keith Winn as new chair of the board of trustees, and added three new members: Samuel Ashknaz, Thomas H. Hawk III, and Patricia Salber.

The High Museum of Art elected new Board Chair Charles Abney II, and welcomed four new board members: Farideh Azadi, Watt Boone, Will Powell, and Mark Preisinger.

Trinity Community Ministries ED Derek Duncan, A Loving Act founder Attiyah Ali, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Housing and Economic Justice Coordinator Shafeka Hashash, and Southern Center for Human Rights Community Engagement & Movement Building Counsel Tiffany Roberts were selected as a board member for the Atlanta City Jail Task Force, charged with developing recommendations for the best new use of the decommissioned city jail.

Kate’s Club welcomed Dan Chandler, Craig Clark, and Teresa Woodruff to their board of directors.

Voices for Georgia’s Children added seven new members to their board: Cindy Abel, Baylie Fry, Joseph Lillyblad, Sandy O’Meara, Mitch Saunders, Tameeka Law Walker, and John Wright.

GCN Highlights

GCN is excited to welcome new Senior Director, Marketing & Communications Luiza Raposo.

The Nonprofit Consulting Group has been engaged by the Zaban Paradies Center for Homeless Couples to identify a new executive director

Senior Consultant Mary Hughes led the recent Atlanta Audubon Society board retreat, and will conduct two board trainings this fall for executives and other senior leaders of Cox Enterprises, covering high-performing boards and how to be a high-performing board member. She will also conduct a People Styles workshop for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia board of directors.

Senior Consultant Elizabeth Runkle recently wrapped up an engagement with Alabama Possible, creating a business plan to help them establish a College Access Network in Alabama.

Runkle also led a presentation at the 2019 Georgia CASA conference on building board engagement and partnership in order to better support staff.

Senior Consultant and EVP Kathy Keeley is working with the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services to develop a complete restructuring plan, aiming to establish a new focus on impact, 

Emory University’s Office of Alumni Engagement has commissioned custom GCN training for all managers to help implement changes in practice and expected outcomes.

The second edition of our member-exclusive Breakfast Bites discussion series, focusing on impact, launched on August 9 with a session on Theory of Change. Taking place on the second Friday of each month, sessions will tackle results-based accountability, dashboards, and data-driven messaging.

Applications are rolling in for this year’s High Potential Diverse Leaders program, starting August 29. Apply now, before this premiere leadership development opportunity reaches capacity! Scholarships are available courtesy of Wells Fargo.

Nonprofit University is launching a brand-new certification series on major giving, designed by Senior Consultant Christal Cherry, on September 9. 

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The Eating Disorders Information Network
Georgia Council On Substance Abuse
Lee County Family Connection
HouseProud Atlanta
Habitat for Humanity International
Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity
Trinity Community Ministries
Welcome Home Warrior Foundation


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