Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | December 2018

December 14, 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.)


> Through their Sleep Out: Executive Edition 2018 event, which brought together 163 Atlanta executives to sleep outdoors for one night, Covenant House Georgia raised over $897,900 in support of their programs for homeless youth.

During their seven-week Celebration of Service campaign, employees of The Home Depot completed more than 100,000 volunteer hours; in addition, The Home Depot Foundation announced a new commitment of $500 billion to veteran causes by 2025.

In time for Christmas, Bearings Bike Shop donated 30 bikes to foster and adoptive families through Families First; in addition, the Bike Shop’s year-end program totals include 362 kids hosted, over 3,000 hours of learning logged, and 103 bikes awarded.

> The Center for Family Resources in Marietta prepared homemade Thanksgiving dinners, with all the trimmings, for 1,000 local families in need.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awarded a total of $1.84 million in General Operating Support grants to 29 nonprofits, including Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Georgia Ensemble Theatre Company, True Colors Theatre Company, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, LaAmistad, Skyland Trail, Georgians for a Healthy Future, Second Helpings Atlanta, Living Room, Open Hand Atlanta, and Positive Impact Health Centers.

The Wells Fargo Foundation contributed $300,000 to the Grady Health Foundation in support of the hospital’s capital campaign.

For their November Care Day, HomeAid Atlanta and volunteers from BOMA Georgia provided $30,000 in facility maintenance and repairs for Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House.

> Fulton County Casa hosted their 17th annual National Adoption Day on Nov. 17, welcoming more than 200 attendees to help honor adoptive families and children, including 12 children whose adoptions were finalized on National Adoption Day.

Two SunTrust foundations awarded a total of $750,000 in grants to the Grady Health Foundation for its capital campaign.

On their Dec. 1 HoliDAY of Service, 200-plus volunteers from United Way of Greater Atlanta affinity groups (Young Professional Leaders and Lead, Impact, Network, Change) hosted children and families for holiday parties, refurbished donated bikes, and more across nine event sites. More than 300 children and families enjoyed arts and crafts, face-painting, games, cookie decorating, and more, plus gifts like food boxes and new laptops; volunteers also readied hundreds of bikes for delivery through Free Bikes 4 Kidz.


Quest Community Development Organization has been awarded a $200,000 grant, and a year of leadership training, from Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders program to help fund affordable housing and jobs.

> On Nov. 16, the Atlanta Beltline Partnership joined the City of Atlanta and its other partners for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Northwest Beltline Connector Trail, officially beginning work on the latest leg of the Beltline project.

The Woodruff Arts Center celebrated its 50th anniversary this fall with a number of special initiatives, including an event hosting the descendents of Atlantans lost in the Paris airline crash of 1962; the production of several short films, which debuted on Georgia Public Broadcasting; and the publication of a special supplement in the Atlanta Business Chronicle considering the legacy and future of the arts institution. 

The Atlanta Community Food Bank received its eighth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a distinction earned by just three percent of organizations reviewed through the site.

The Fifth Third Foundation has awarded $25,000 to Hosea Helps and $50,000 to the Urban League of Greater Atlanta through the Strengthening Our Communities Fund, supporting affordable housing, small business development, and financial stability for individuals and families.

> At this year’s We Are Family Benefit Gala, Rainbow Village raised more than $290,000 in support of their work for families who have recently experienced homelessness.




The Grady Health Foundation welcomed new CEO Joselyn Baker.

At a November ceremony in Atlanta, Future Foundation Founder Shareef Abdur-Rahim received the Islamic Speakers Bureau’s Legacy Award for Leadership.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta added two new board members: Anu Seam and Ellen Samuels.

Woodruff Arts Center President and CEO Doug Shipman received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Southeast chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. The Center also added nine new members to its board of trustees: Wonya Lucas, Bobby Condon, Donna Cox, David Dase, Jeff Hilimire, Jamila Hall, Arun Mohan, Chuck Palmer, and Sanjay Perekh, while Virginia Hepner was elected as a lifetime trustee.

Sheltering Arms welcomes their new Vice President of Development and Communications Tony Conway.

United Way of Greater Atlanta Board Member Ivan Shammas was recognized as a Board Champion at the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Awards.

The Piedmont Park Conservancy welcomed two new full-time staffers: Sales Manager of Facility Rentals Chelsea Dahl and Chief Development Officer Stacey Sapp.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber has named its chamber chair for the next three years: Dave Abney became the 2019 chairman, Martin Flanagan will be chair in 2020, and Ed Bastian will be chair in 2021.

Southface welcomed new Director of Sustainability Services Stephanie Stuckey.

Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity added Dale Bercher and Henry Hene to its board.

The Grady Health Foundation welcomed Joselyn Butler Baker as its new president.

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has named Dave Stockert to its board of trustees.

Atlanta Audubon elected three new members to its board: Leslie Edwards, Evonne Blythers Lapsey, and Ellen Macht. In addition, they’ve added a group of official advisors to help support the mission, including Marcia Bansley, Giff Beaton, Mark Berry, Raphael Bostic, Robert Cooper, Stacia Hendricks, and John Pruitt.

GCN Highlights

Thanks for helping make Nov. 27 another record-breaking GAgives on #GivingTuesday, by inspiring more than $7.8 million in donations to nonprofits across the state. Your success is our success! Read all about it.

Consultant Tommy Pearce joined a three-day Census 2020 workgroup to help develop a game plan that ensures representation of Georgia’s hard-to-count communities.

GCN is urging everyone in the community to contact their representatives in Congress and ask that they repeal the new UBIT tax on nonprofits. Find the details, and a script for action, here.

This year’s Building Community Network cohort, GCN’s sector-raising partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, has completed two of three change management workshops led by GCN EVP Kathy Keeley.

Each month since September, The Breakfast Club peer group has gathered first-time nonprofit EDs for mutual support and training, facilitated by GCN Senior Consultants Kathy Keeley, Mary Bear Hughes, and Elizabeth Runkle; the final meeting will take place on Jan. 11.

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