Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | February 2019

February 08, 2019
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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.)

Editor's note: We mistakenly printed that the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta helped Meals On Wheels Atlanta launch Purposeful Pecans. While MOWA has received generous support from the Community Foundation, it has not been related to the social enterprise.


> Make-A-Wish Georgia brought 16 youth to Mercedez-Benz Stadium for Super Bowl LIII; over the 2018 calendar year, they granted a total of 353 wishes.

To help federal workers impacted by the 35-day government shutdown, StreetWise Georgia worked with the City of Lawrenceville to provide food and household items for 200 people at an event on Jan. 26.

Together with the NFL and Primerica, the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, Park Pride, and WXIA celebrated the re-opening of John F. Kennedy Park in Atlanta’s historic Westside, newly renovated thanks to the community investment surrounding Super Bowl LIII.

Park Pride has announced $864,000 in grants to fund capital park improvements across Atlanta and DeKalb County, funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation, and going to 21 different Friends of the Park groups.

> Wholesome Wave Georgia has signed seven new partners to their Georgia Fresh for Less network, which now includes 59 markets and farms across the state. They’re also celebrating 10 years of work, and looking back at their 2018 service totals: nearly 10,000 total EBT transactions at Georgia Fresh for Less partner markets, and 113 families assisted with SNAP applications; 653 served, and $58,400 in food incentives redeemed, through their Georgia Food for Health Program; $22,000 in scholarships awarded to farmers and market managers; and more.

The Coca-Cola Company has announced $1.3 million in gifts to Atlanta organizations, including contributions of $1 million contribution to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, providing free admission for 50,000 guests during Black History Month; $100,000 to The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; and $100,000 to New American Pathways.

The Balser Professional Advisors Council, a joint fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and United Way of Greater Atlanta, announced a new round of grants totally $25,000 in support of Thomasville-area efforts by the Greening Youth Foundation, CHRIS 180, and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

GEEARS released a new research brief called Investing in the Well-Being of Georgia’s Infants and Toddlers, and Their Families, produced alongside Child Trends, with support from the Alliance for Early Success.

In a new strategic partnership, Goodwill of North Georgia and the Atlanta Community Food Bank have aligned their work to better answer the challenges of employment and food insecurity; their first joint project saw the Food Bank provide groceries for nearly 300 jobseekers attending a Goodwill job fair.

The SunTrust Foundation awarded a total of $19.5 million in grants in 2018, supporting more than 1,300 nonprofits.

Trees Atlanta is celebrating a record year, highlighting 7,600 trees planted, 520 acres of greenspace restored, the launch of the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill, and the expansion of their Urban Tree Trackers program to 53 schools in 2018.

> Entering their 40th year, Quality Care for Children is reviewing their impact in 2018, which includes supplying 104,852 participant training hours to child care professionals; assisting 950 child care programs in obtaining their Quality Rated designation; ensuring 22,500 children receive nutritious meals; granting $590,351 in program and facilities improvement grants, and more.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta awarded a second round of Bloom Innovation seed grants to 8 organizations, supporting strategy, mentorship, and community among social change makers; they also helped 11 entrepreneurs through their two-month Federation’s Women’s Accelerator program.

The Atlanta Audubon Society has awarded a Habitat Restoration Grant to implement bird-friendly improvements to the Native Plant and Wildlife Walk at Henderson Park.

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia placed 1,337 animals in forever homes in 2018, accounting for over 96 percent of animals taken in.

With funding from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies launched its Building Perinatal Support Professionals Project, providing scholarships to 20 Atlanta women to become credentialed childbirth educators and doulas.

With support from SunTrust Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Action Ministries created a new financial literacy curriculum targeted to third graders, which will be distributed to 5,000 children by 2020.



The Foundation Center has merged with GuideStar to form a single new nonprofit organization called Candid, offering the same services as always but with the ability to “share more data and deeper insights.”

As they celebrated their 8th anniversary in December, I Will Survive highlighted several new partnerships, which have secured genetic testing through 2 Helix Health, transportation support from Jim Ellis Chevy, and doctoral business consulting from students at Walden University.

With help from the Grief and Trauma Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, Kate’s Club trained their staff and community partners in a new screening tool that will better inform their programming, screen for trauma, and engage new donors.

Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta one of the nation’s top 10 community foundations (among more than 750).

Atlanta Children’s Shelter, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Jewish Family & Career Services, the Latin American Association, Our House, Quality Care for Children, and the Refugee Women’s Network all received funding through the second year of the Women’s Pathway to Success Program, operated by the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.

Leaders from 3Keys, Action Ministries, MUST Ministries, and the CDC joined the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and fellow nonprofit leaders, for the three-day 2019 Housing Symposium in Savannah.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta received an anonymous $250,000 challenge grant to help grow Atlanta Jewish Foundation, its planned giving, endowment, and philanthropic advising arm.

> Governor Nathan Deal recognized Communities in Schools of Rome-Floyd County, part of the Communities in Schools of Georgia network, for 25 years of work serving area students.

CHRIS 180 recently launched a new program for youth struggling with substance use disorders called the TREE House Program, funded by a five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and available at no cost for participants.

Through a partnership with the University of Georgia’s student-run Talking Dog advertising and PR agency, Second Helpings Atlanta raised $18,707 on #GivingTuesday 2018.

Joining forces with Lutheran Services in Tennessee, Lutheran Services of Georgia has changed its name to Inspiritus.

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation has received a $500,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor to help them create a $1 million reserve fund.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta recently launched a retail operation called Purposeful Pecans, which prepares, packages, and sells candied pecans to support their services.


Diane Vaughan has been appointed president of the Foundation of Wesley Woods.

Stacey Sapp is the new chief development officer of Piedmont Park Conservancy, where she will lead the campaign on Piedmont Park expansion.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights has named Jill Savitt as new CEO.

Heritage Sandy Springs is welcoming three new staff members: Event Sales Coordinator Amanda Martin, Marketing Manager Jennifer Webb, and Chief External Affairs Officer Peggy Still Johnson.

Wholesome Wave Georgia welcomes to its staff new Development Manager Christine Becker and Finance Manager Felisha Bowie. They’ve also added seven new members to the board: Paul Calvert, Elizabeth Jump, Terri Hirsh, Ben Tompkins, Rebecca Wallace, Chris Willett, and David Yankey.

Communities in Schools of Atlanta is proud to announce their new Chief Development Officer Cynthia Moreland.

Two new staff members have joined Kidz2Leaders: Family Support Manager Toria Peterson and Community Relations Manager Ellen Cooper. They also added three new board members: Thomas Cotton, Aaronde Creighton, and Julie English.

Georgia CASA has elected six new members to its board: Susan Abramson, Katy Hilbert, Jane Hale Hopkins, Lauren Hyatt, Nan McIntosh, and Connie Sultani.

I Will Survive welcomes new Donor Relations Coordinator Engrid Smith, and new board members Carlos Eyzaguirre, Feiji McKay, and Sabrina Clark.

Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta has named former Executive Director Cati Diamond Stone as its new CEO.

The CDC Foundation elected Kristen Silverberg and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to its board of directors.

Sheltering Arms announced Leona Rapelye as their new board chair, and welcomed six new board members: Kathy Bremer, Dan Goerlich, Safia Icgoren, John Morabito, Kay Vermeulen, and Patrick Warren.

100 Black Men of America has announced the appointment of James E. Armstrong Jr. as new CEO.

North Fulton Community Charities welcomes new Controller/CFO Jerry LaHatte, while congratulating three staffers on their new roles: Director of Assistance Services Sharla Calloway, Director of Volunteer Services Darlene Turk, and Manager of Assistance Services Ruth Font.

The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta added new members Denise Reese and Erika Preval to their board.

The board of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity announced that Cindy Ethridge will serve as their next chairperson, while welcoming new members Wendy Henderson, Fredrick Standfield, Racy Morgan, and Caitlin Shetter.

Among those highlighted in Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019:  UPS CEO David Abney, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur, Georgia Power President & CEO Paul Bowers, Gulfstream Aerospace President Mark Burns, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, Georgia Historical Society President & CEO W. Todd Groce, Grady Health System President & CEO John Haupert, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta President & CEO Donna Hyland, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Sharon Mason, The Home Depot President & CEO Craig Menear, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Hala Moddelmog, The Coca-Cola Company President & CEO James Quincey, SunTrust Banks Chair & CEO William Rogers Jr., Task Force for Global Health President & CEO David Ross, and Woodruff Arts Center President & CEO Doug Shipman.


GCN Highlights

Senior Consultant Elizabeth Runkle and Consultant Tommy Pearce recently launched a new market research project for Camp Kudzu, which will include statewide mapping and focus groups.

Senior Consultant and EVP Kathy Keeley, along with Pearce and Runkle, have been contracted by the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services to develop an internal organizational strategic plan to support the community health plan.

Runkle also kicked off a business planning project with Alabama Possible, and worked with the Rebuilding Together Atlanta board of directors during their January board retreat.

Keeley and Senior Consultant Christal Cherry will be leading the upcoming DOING LAB | Write the Annual Development Plan, a practical, team-based, two-session course starting March 17.

Runkle and GCN Consulting were contracted to help United Way of Coastal Georgia lead a collaborative community project, the Early Language and Literacy Community Plan for Glynn County, one of only five initiatives funded this year by the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy and the Get Georgia Reading Campaign.

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