Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | January 2019

January 11, 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.)


On Dec. 3, a joint project of GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students and United Way of Greater Atlanta released the Women United Workplace Advancement Business Toolkit, a collection of resources for businesses that want to empower their female employees.

> After a succesful 2017-2018 pilot program, HealthMPowers will be implementing hunger-fighting Breakfast After the Bell programs in partnering schools across Georgia, funded through a grant from the national Share Our Strength organization.

Quality Care for Children has partnered with the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Georgia Dept. of Early Care and Learning to provide business support services to child care programs and launch a free job board and hiring tool for child care professionals,

YNPN Atlanta has awarded its latest round of Opportunity Grants to five young nonprofit professionals: Abby Bullard of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Megan Arthur and Rachel Kurtz of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Mikaela Houghton of Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, and Whitley Rogers of the American Cancer Society Atlanta Office.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights released the findings from its first LGBTQ Institute Southern Survey, analyzing responses from 6,502 individuals across 14 states, in a new report entitled State of the South: A Snapshot on the Conditions and Life Experiences of LGBTQ Southerners.

Through their GoATL Fund, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has closed a $1 million investment in the Reinvestment Fund, which supports a portfolio of nonprofits and other impact-makers throughout the Metro area.

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.


Over two days in October, Healthcare Georgia Foundation joined with the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Georgia Health Policy Center, and several other organizations to hold the first Convening of Southern Rural Philanthropists for Rural Health and Community Development, welcoming leaders in philanthropy from 11 southern states and Washington D.C. Among the 75 participants were members of the CDC Foundation and ACT! Albany Community Together

Mauldin & Jenkins has launched a new Nonprofit Advisors group headed by Director Chris Fields.

> Bearings Bike Shop threw a Christmas party in their shop that gathered over 45 neighborhood kids, including seven new to the organization and three who were earning their first bikes. 

Jewish Family & Career Services Atlanta has partnered with Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe in Sandy Springs to provide workforce opportunities for adults served by their Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services program.

MedShare acquired the assets of international biomedical organization IMEC, including $3 million in state-of-the-art biomedical equipment.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Park Pride Atlanta and their work engaging communities to “activate the power of parks.”

> The National Center for Civil and Human Rights unveiled a new logo ahead of the institute’s 5th anniversary in May.

Zoe Safe House has received a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from the Great Nonprofits website.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta raised $606,218 through their Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Touchdowns for Children’s fundraising campaign, more than doubling their goal of $250,000.

Among the 24 nonprofits receiving grants from the Cobb County-based Delta Community Credit Union’s 2019 Philanthropic Fund program: the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Hands of Hope Clinic, Kidz2Leaders, Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Odyssey Family Counseling Center, Revved Up Kids, TechBridge, the Auditory-Verbal Center, Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, The Link Counseling Center, Whitefoord, Inc., and YMCA of Metro Atlanta.


Jessica Gill has been named the new President & CEO of Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

The Woodruff Arts Center welcomes Tarsha Whitaker Calloway as their new Vice President of Advancement, leading the Arts Center’s central development functions.

> WSB-TV News Anchor Fred Blankenship was inducted as a new member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

The Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) added Rachel Davidson to their board.

Jane Fonda, founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, was chosen by the Producers Guild of America to receive their 2019 Stanley Kramer Award, recognizing her lifetime of activism and philanthropic work.

YNPN Atlanta has welcomed five new members to their board: Trecinia Wiggins (Earthshare of Georgia), James Tyson (The Atlanta Opera), Diandria Barber, Amanda Bisgaard, and Aisha Hassan.

Kate’s Club announced that Ashlie Evans will be their newest program coordinator.

Dunwoody Nature Center has hired Michael Cowan as their new Executive Director.

American Red Cross of Georgia has welcomed Jennifer Pipa as their new CEO of Georgia, and named Terri Badour the Metro Atlanta Executive Director.

CHRIS 180 added seven new members to its board: Jay Bernath, Emily Chambers, Dr. Todd Ellis, Paula S. Larson, Araya Mesfin, Maria Smith, and Steve Tedder.

Jim Timmons will serve as interim president for Georgia Conservancy while the board conducts a national search for the organization’s next leader.

GEEARS has hired Callan Wells to fill the newly-created role of Health Policy Manager, and welcomed Aquaria Richardson-Smith as the new Executive Assistant to the ED.

Atlanta Beltline Partnership has named four new members to its board: Kathleen Farrell, Katharine Wilcox Strahan, Peter Scott, and Markham Smith.

GCN Highlights

GCN is currently working with our policy partners on an initiative to keep Georgia nonprofits from being burdened with unrelated business income taxes (UBIT) as prescribed in new federal law.

Our Nonprofit Consulting Group is excited to welcome Christal M. Cherry as the newest Senior Consultant, bringing with her 17 years of experience in nonprofit resource development.

GCN congratulates the Atlanta Commission on Women, which completed its strategic plan with guidance from Senior Consultant Mary Hughes.

Hughes attended the Interfaith Children’s Movement Sticks & Stones event, and is helping lead the search for their new executive director. (If interested, email [email protected].)

Hughes and Consultant Andrea Zvikas completed the search process for Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s new CEO.

GCN has launched two new programs through a partnership with The Bridgespan Group: Achieving Strategic Clarity and Investing in Future Leaders, both offering web-based consulting to executive teams. (Contact Mary Hughes at [email protected] or 678-916-3038 to learn more.)

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