Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | June 2019

June 07, 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.)

Editor’s note: In May, we mistakenly reported on the American Red Cross of Georgia’s fire safety campaign Sound the Alarm before it had been completed. Over the full two-week event, the campaign mobilized nearly 900 volunteers and installed more than 3,400 free smoke alarms in homes across the state. GCN regrets the error.


► HomeAid Atlanta completed a renovation project and broke ground on new construction for House of Dawn in Jonesboro, helping them provide stable housing for pregnant teens and very young mothers at risk. In addition, their 2019 Essentials Drive garnered 170,000 items for Atlanta’s homeless babies and their families.

On June 1, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students brought its Strolling Thunder event to Dalton for the first time, leading a stroller-pushing crowd of 200 through the city to alert lawmakers and leaders for the need to “Think Babies.” Mayor Dennis Mock was on-hand to lead the stroll and declare “Children’s Day” in Dalton.

The SunTrust Foundation granted $1.475 million to Money Management International (MMI) in support of research and technology that will impact some 115,000 MMI clients over two years.

The Cobb Community Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Tommy Nobis Center.

► With 536 trees planted, Trees Atlanta completed their partnership with the NFL Green Team, one of the NFL’s community investment projects tied to Atlanta’s Super Bowl LIII hosting duties.

LaAmistad began offering Spanish classes, open to anyone with a desire to improve their fluency, and in response to requests from their volunteer corps interested in improving their language skills to better serve LaAmistad’s community.

Over the first half of 2019, Giving Kitchen has impacted the lives of 662 food service workers, awarding a total of $302,902 in direct and matching grants.


As part of the Foundation Center-GuideStar merger, forming new national organization Candid, Foundation Center South has become Candid South. Among other service changes, they’ve replaced their centralized resource center with multiple Funding Information Network locations, now open across the state. (Learn more about what the merger means for nonprofits in our interview with Candid EVP Jacob Harold.)

Covenant House Georgia raised more than $1 million at their 8th annual A Night of Broadway Stars event.

CHRIS 180 has opened a new counseling center in Westside Atlanta. Called the Westside Empowerment Center, it will extend behavioral health services to 150 local clients by 2020.

TechBridge brought together the Atlanta nonprofit and foundation community on May 1 for their Nonprofit Innovation Summit, focusing on the advancement of economic mobility through collective action, data management, and performance measurement. Among the panelists were representatives from Gideon’s Promise, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Future Foundation, Chick-fil-A Foundation, Georgia-Pacific Foundation, United Way of Greater Atlanta, CHRIS 180, and Goodwill of North Georgia.

Tommy Nobis Center raised more than $200,000 at their 21st Galaxy of Stars Luncheon, a new record for the annual event.

Kate’s Club raised $421,000 at their annual Spirit of Kate’s Club gala.

At their Second Chance Golf Classic, Rainbow Village raised $88,100, topping last year’s Classic total by $24,000.

As part of the first Atlanta cohort of the Stand Together Foundation, Bearings Bike Shop, Every Woman Works, First Step Staffing, Kidz2Leaders, and Wellspring Living will each receive six months of business training and mentorship, as well as a grant of $25,000 or more.

► GEEARS and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms kicked off the 7th Annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club on May 31 at an event hosted by the Alliance Theatre, welcoming more than 100 attendees.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank received $100,830 from Fifth Group Restaurants, raised for their 35th annual Hunger Walk Run.

Trees Atlanta raised nearly $260,000 through this year’s Root Ball.

EDGE Business Systems was recognized with the 2018 Xerox National Dealer of the Year award at the Xerox Summit in Atlanta.

The Georgia Eye Bank announced that they are renovating and expanding their facility, adding 4,000 square feet and creating dedicated space for both research and development and training.

At a City Hall ceremony, the Atlanta City Council proclaimed June 3 as Giving Kitchen Day for the City of Atlanta.

United Way of Greater Atlanta joined the Victims Legal Assistance Network as a core partner alongside GAIN, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and others, coordinating a housing program alongside the Network’s existing wraparound services for victims of crime.

Bearings Bike Shop announced expanded hours for their sales and service operation; they are now open 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

SunTrust Banks announced that it will invest $100 million a year for the next three years in Atlanta-area community and nonprofit organizations, doubling their previous philanthropic efforts for the Metro region.


This year’s recipients of Social Enterprise Initiative Scholarships, a Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta program granting local leaders access to executive education at Harvard Business School, are Hillside CEO Emily Acker, Global Growers Network ED Robin Chanin, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta CEO Kwame Johnson, Covenant House Georgia ED Alieizoria Redd, and CHRIS 180 VP of Community Programs Emily Thompson.

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

Horizons Altanta welcomed three new board members: Marc Fordham, Christina Graham, and Aron Levine.

CobbWorks welcomed new CEO Sonya Grant to the organization on May 22.

North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) elected Mary Good as president of the board, who will become the first woman to lead the NFCC Board; they also added board members Bill Brower, Ken Davis, Gina Daunt, Julie Haley, and Matt Powell.

The Georgia Conservancy named Bart Gobeil as their new president.

WSB-TV’s Monica Pearson was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

► Rainbow Village added three new team members: Family Engagement Coordinator Suzzette Miller-Blackmon and Success Coaches Crystal Johnson and Jannelle Lawson.

GAIN Executive Director Monica Modi Khant gave a TED Talk at TEDx Georgia Tech, discussing her upbringing in the South Asian immigrant community and ways to fight labor trafficking.

Jewish Family & Career Services named Jessica Katz Yonatan as its new director of development.

The Junior League of Atlanta announced their 2019-2020 Board of Directors, including President Andrea N. Smith as well as Bre WestMichelle WellsHolly PortierQuiana Riche-ClarkMelissa BrogdonJane BatchellerYvette DupreeFran CowartJoy DyessMacie ThompsonEva KeoughErica FrankoMaranie BrownChaundra LuckettShawn O'Neill, and Sharon Klein.

GCN Highlights

This year’s member-exclusive Family 2 Family Nonprofit Media Summit was another sold-out success. Hosted at the WSB-TV studios, the all-day event featured on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent from WSB and the Cox Media family sharing tips and strategies for scoring media coverage.

Consultant Tommy Pearce attended the latest Governor’s Complete Count Committee meeting in Macon to help develop collateral and a game plan for a complete and accurate 2020 Census count. Check out GCN’s census resources for nonprofits here.

Together, Senior Consultants Christal Cherry and Elizabeth Runkle led a total of six training sessions for the National CASA/GAL Conference in Atlanta, covering everything from boards to leadership to fundraising, strategy, and conflict resolution.

GCN’s High Potential Diverse Leaders program will return for another series of career-enhancing leadership development and training, beginning August 29 and incorporating a number of exciting new sessions and instructors. Learn more – and register today! – here.

Senior Consultant Mary Bear Hughes will be leading a free webinar June 12 to discuss compensation strategies for nonprofits using the latest research and best practices from within the sector and without. Register here.

GCN has several regional training events coming up, free for members,in Macon, Columbus, Brunswick, and Savannah; watch this space for more events in your area.

The new DOING LAB series from GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group continues to provide low-cost opportunities to craft and complete plans with expert guidance from our consultants. Check our upcoming Labs here, including the chance to write your annual marketing plan and development plan.

Wells Fargo scholarships are still available for Nonprofit University courses, including for upcoming certificates in capital campaigns and major giving.

GAgives on #GivingTuesday campaign planning season is here; be sure to register your nonprofit at to compete for challenge funding, and sign up for our June 27 webinar on social media strategies.

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Fair Count
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