Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | July 2018
> After 45 years serving Atlanta-area seniors, Senior Connections closed its doors on June 30. Their work providing meals and in-home care continues through new DeKalb County partners Open Hand, Rem-Kiks Health Care, and JHC Healthcare; the County itself will take over management of the organization’s senior centers and case management. “We are delighted that many of our staff have accepted positions with the new providers, and many of our volunteers have expressed interest to continue with Open Hand,” said Interim CEO Sharon Steele in an email to supporters.
In this year’s round of grants, the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation awarded more than $15,000 total to six fire departments.
Working with food-waste management company Goodr, the United Way of Greater Atlanta helped distribute 900,000 pounds of food, which would otherwise have gone to waste, to hunger-relief organizations including Atlanta Mission and the Gateway Center.
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in grants this year, a new record for the 13-year-old organization. Among this year’s grantees: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia, Children in Action Sports Club, Morningstar Children and Family Services, Communities in Schools of Glynn County, The Gathering Place, Coastal Coalition for Children, Safe Harbor Children’s Center, CASA Glynn, and the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority.
> On June 23, some 400 people gathered at Refuge Coffee Co. in Clarkston for the World Refugee Day Celebration, making it the largest annual celebration yet for organizers at the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies. The Coalition is made up of 18 Georgia-based refugee- and immigrant-serving organizations, including International Rescue Committee Atlanta, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, New American Pathways, Catholic Charities Atlanta, Refugee Women’s Network, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Friends of Refugees, Tapestri, Global Village Project, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, Jewish Family & Career Services Atlanta, and the Latin American Association.
Georgia Cares released a new Get Involved Tool on their website, allowing community members to take an active role in the anti-trafficking movement, and is celebrating a 100% satisfaction rate reported by youth taking part in their supports and services.
Goodwill of North Georgia has met its five-year goal of connecting 100,000 people to jobs by June 30, 2018.
At the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s inaugural The Great Summer Dish day of service, volunteers packaged 3,125 meals, which will be distributed to 1,000 children through their Summer Pantry Program.
In its latest round of grants, the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia awarded almost $243,000 across 27 organizations, including Hi-Hope Service Center, Mentor Me North Georgia, North Fulton Community Charities, Path Project, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Action Ministries, The Place of Forsyth, and Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett.
> On June 22, HomeAid Atlanta and The Drake House celebrated the completion of two eight-unit apartment buildings that make up The Drake Village, which more than doubles The Drake House’s capacity to serve women who are experiencing homelessness, along with their children. HomeAid’s volunteer services saved The Drake House over $636,000 in construction costs.
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students graduated the first cohort of Atlanta Early Education Ambassadors, a 24-member group who will lead early learning recruitment and advocacy efforts in the Washington and Douglass neighborhoods.
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Managing for Excellence award: YMCA of Metro Atlanta and Synchronicity Theatre, which will each receive a package including a $75,000 grant, consulting services, and seats in a Northwestern University management course.
On June 25, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta launched elementATL, a co-working, collaboration, and event space on the BeltLine, open to everyone, and supporting the Federation’s programs.
Lekotek of Georgia celebrated its 35th anniversary on June 7 with a community open house featuring the innovative technology they offer as part of their work helping children with disabilities “embrace the Power of Play.”
As part of their new Precision Medicine program, CURE Childhood Cancer served as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference in June, organized by the Pediatric Research Alliance (including major partner Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta).
Neighborhood Nexus, a project of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, was named one of the ten winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 500 Cities Challenge, which will fund “Health and Wellness Toolkits” in four pilot markets: Atlanta, Albany, Columbus, and Savannah.
> Atlanta Community Food Bank raised more than $429,000 through the 5th annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” campaign. The Food Bank’s service area, Metro Atlanta and North Georgia, was ranked number one in the nation for donations.
The Grady Health Foundation was awarded a $1.35 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to support the launch of their Food as Medicine Partnership, a collaborative effort with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Open Hand Atlanta, and Wholesome Wave Georgia.
> A tree from Woodland Gardens made it to the final round of the 2018 Great American Tree competition hosted by national nonprofit American Grove; among 15 contenders, the Devil’s Walking Stick (Aralia Spinosa) came in at number three, as determined by online votes.
Junior Achievement of Georgia received a surprise $2 million grant from Delta Air Lines to support a new program called 3DE, which will bring the chapter’s successful JA Academy model to public schools across the country.
I Will Survive launched a new, mobile-friendly website with help from their first international intern, an engineering student from IMT Lille Douai in northern France.
Qbix Accounting Solutions celebrated its 10th anniversary in June.
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity was selected as a partner for the Enterprise Rose Fellowship program, which partners early-career architectural designers with local community development organizations, where they help create green, sustainable, and affordable communities.
Trees Atlanta received its fifth consecutive 4-star rating this year from Charity Navigator; only 9% of nonprofits evaluated by the site have earned five consecutive 4-star evaluations.
The Chick-fil-A Foundation is partnering with Breakthrough Atlanta and the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy, an Atlanta Public School in the Westside neighborhood, to give 90 students the chance to attend Breakthrough’s six-week summer programs and Saturday programs throughout the year.
LiveSAFE Resources welcomed new Executive Director Tracey B. Atwater on July 1.
100 Black Men of Atlanta has appointed Anthony Flynn as new executive director and COO.
Annandale Village has added Eli Jimenez to its board.
The Junior League of Atlanta announced that Carla C. Smith will serve as its board president for the 2018-19 league year.
Hugh S. “Beau” Cummins III of SunTrust Banks was elected board chair of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
Lost-n-Found Youth has named Audrey Krumbach as its interim executive director.
Skyland Trail is pleased to welcome Kristen Lewis as their new vice president of finance.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named 100 Black Men of America Chairman Thomas Dortch and Gas South CEO Kevin Greiner among this year’s Most Admired CEOs. They will be honored alongside 40 other executives at an awards dinner on Aug. 23.
NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity welcomed Richard T. Gieryn Jr., Gordon Pritz, and Andre Sims to its board of directors.
WorkSource Cobb/CobbWorks CEO John Helton was elected president of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association. In addition, WorkSource named Rich Mohr as its upcoming board chair.
Carlos Eyzaguirre has been named the new board treasurer at I Will Survive.
Telfair Museums has promoted former Director of Development Molly Taylor to deputy director.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank added 13 new members to its governing and advisory boards: Althea Broughton, Gary Brantley, Derin Dickerson, Steven A. Michaels, Robin Brown, Jennifer Dunaway, Tom Ellis, Adam Emrich, Sloane Perras, Lisa Boren Sivy, Cara Snow, Martin Thorson, and Sara Thorson.
The ALS Association of Georgia welcomed new board members Lori M. Jones, Jordan Myers,and Ashna Zaheer.
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has named Terry Mazany as its new senior vice president for philanthropy.
On June 7, the nonprofits that make up the Westside Momentum Community Group celebrated the completion of their 3-year projects with a graduation event, where participants shared details about their projects and discussed the value of the program in furthering collaborative relationships. GCN has implemented Momentum projects throughout the state with help from a number of partners, including the Arthur M. Blank Foundation and IBM.
GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group began strategic planning engagements with three nonprofits: The Scholarship Academy, Community Farmers Markets, and the Georgia Foundation for Early Care + Learning.
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