Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | July 2019

July 12, 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.)


► The Atlanta Audubon Society has partnered with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation to apply window treatments to the Sawnee Mountain Park Community Building that will help prevent bird-window strikes that regularly injure and kill migrating birds.

For the 2019 edition of their Working Artist Project, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia awarded fellowships to three Atlanta artists: Ariel Danielle, Courtney McClellan, and William Downs. 

The Vision Tutoring Educational Foundation recently awarded its 100th summer tutoring scholarship since their 2016 founding, totalling 1,800 hours of no-cost, one-on-one instruction for Metro Atlanta students.

► In June, HomeAid Atlanta tackled two volunteer projects: First, they led volunteers from the Overhead Door Company of Atlanta to provide $6,000 in renovations for the new Alpharetta location The Drake Closet, a program of The Drake House; next, they organized nearly 70 volunteers from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association in a $25,000 facility maintenance project for 4Sarah.

TechBridge and Goodwill of North Georgia celebrated the graduates from their third Technology Career Program course, a free, 16-week class in programming and web design; the latest class was funded by CobbWorks.

North Fulton Community Charities recently graduated 18 volunteers from its Ambassador Program, which trains community members to serve as spokespeople for the organization through information tables and speaking engagements.

► 21st Century Leaders brought together 75 students and more than 140 WarnerMedia professionals for this year’s Youth Media Institute, a week-long media-focused leadership development program.


The Piedmont Park Conservancy has expanded its partnership with Northside Hospital, making it the official healthcare programming partner for the Park’s Active Oval; the new sponsorship includes a $90,000 donation, public education installations, and free workouts led by Northside staff.

► Atlanta Pride commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with the 2019  Stonewall March on June 30, leading nearly 1,500 people from the Arts Center MARTA station to Piedmont Park for a rally featuring speakers from the community. (Photo by Diane Haymes)

For the sixth consecutive year, Trees Atlanta was awarded a 4-star rating from nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator.

CURE Childhood Cancer raised a record $1.4 million at their sixth annual Believe Ball on May 11.

In just one year, the nonprofit started by Junior Achievement of Georgia, 3DE, has raised $27.6 million toward its $55 million goal, which will fund transformative programs in high schools across the U.S.

► The Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies hosted a 2019 World Refugee Day Celebration on June 19 at Refugee Coffee in Clarkston, with approximately 250 in attendance; among the members of the Coalition are Catholic Charities Atlanta, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Friends of Refugees, Georgia Asylum and Integration Network, Global Village Project, Inspiritus, International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, Jewish Family and Career Services, Latin American Association, New American Pathways, Refugee Women’s Network, and Tapestri.


Multi-Agency Alliance for Children CFO Betty Lea was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle with a 2019 CFO of the Year Award, celebrating achievement in financial stewardship. 

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity President and CEO Lisa Gordon has been named the new chair of ULI Atlanta, an Urban Land Institute District Council.

The Drake House has selected Nesha Mason to succeed their retiring executive director, Co-Founder Kathy Swahn. They have also elected three new board members: Jason Binder, Jennifer Fann-Tucker, and Cindy Hardy.

Athens Community Council on Aging CEO Eve Anthony received the 2019 Service Award from the Georgia Department of Human Services at their Healthy Communities Summit in Savannah.

Historic Oakland Foundation has promoted Richard Harker to the role of co-executive director; he will serve alongside fellow Co-ED David Moore.

CURE Childhood Cancer announced two new board members, Roger Herndon and Casey Sentell, along with its new slate of officers: The Schenck School’s Janet Street will serve as president alongside Vice President Matt Gephardt, Vice President Donna Baker, Treasurer Nick Kray, and Secretary Lauren Gearon.

Buckhead Christian Ministry welcomed five new board members – Patricia Meadors, Michael Rich, Bert Ponder, Sharmeen Hawkins, and Titania Jordan – and named Shirley Davis as their new board chair.

EarthShare of Georgia named Jami Buck-Vance as their new board chair, and Stephanie Valdez-Stready as new vice chair.

Piedmont Park Conservancy announced that Howard Wertheimer will be its new executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Among the seven nonprofit pros awarded a spring 2019 Opportunity Grant by The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta are Angel Mills of Georgia Organics, Catherine Warren of the Latin American Association; Haley Carlson of the Dream Warriors Foundation; Nisa Floyd of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; and Sarina Marsh of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

On August 12, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta will welcome Christy Butler Eckoff as their new chief foundation officer and managing director of their Atlanta Jewish Foundation.

The ALS Association Georgia Chapter added Peter Gleichman to their board of directors. 

Shan Cooper and Frank Blake have been elected to the Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators.

The Woodruff Arts Center has hired Jyoti Rajagopal as its new executive vice president of administration. 

GCN Highlights

Senior Consultant and EVP Kathy Keeley and Consultant Tommy Pearce are working with the Cobb Community Foundation on an asset mapping project to better understand the human services agencies serving Cobb County. County nonprofits are invited to complete the survey to make this project a success; each participating organization will be briefed on our findings at an exclusive presentation later this year.

Senior Consultant Mary Hughes delivered a presentation on Radical Candor and communications styles on-site to boutique PR agency ARPR.

Senior Consultant Andrea Zvikas was engaged by the Zaban Paradies Center for Homeless Couples in their search for a new ED; see the job listing here and reach out to Andrea Zvikas for more details.

The Nonprofit Consulting Group began another round of Doing Labs this month, and is gearing up for August’s offerings: Write the Talent Development Plan, Write the Business Plan for Social Enterprise, and Write the Strategic Plan. Read more about the Doing Lab experience here.

Nonprofit University is launching several new stand-alone classes over the next month: The Right Hire, the Right Way on July 24; Communicating Change: Leading from Resistance to Commitment on July 30; Writing the Annual Appeal Letter and On the Record: Better Media Interviews for Nonprofit Leaders, both led by Dad’s Garage Communications Director Matt Terrel, taking place in early August; and Should We Seek Federal Funding? The Essentials of Federal Grant Administration on August 13.

In response to the destruction wreaked on Southeast Georgia by two hurricanes in as many years, GCN and a coalition of state nonprofit associations are working with federal lawmakers on post-disaster funding reform; among the efforts are a 5-point proposal to secure relief and recovery funds for nonprofits equal to that received by for-profits. Most recently, GCN joined in on a call with Sen. Johnny Isakson to discuss these matters. 

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