Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | March 2019

March 08, 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: 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.


> On Feb. 8, GEEARS brought a crowd of parents and their babies – nearly 100 families – to the state capitol for the second Strolling Thunder Georgia event, a day of advocacy training and discussion with Georgia legislators that encourages lawmakers to “Think Babies” for the future of the state.

Voices for Georgia’s Children, GEEARS, and other child advocates presented a comprehensive policy report, The Whole Child Primer, to the state House committees on Juvenile Justice, Education, and Health & Human Services. (You can watch the presentation here.)

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation granted $5 million toward the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Vision Safe Atlanta capital campaign; the Georgia Power Foundation and The UPS Foundation have also made major donations to the campaign.

Quality Care for Children launched the new Boost Scholarship Program to help cover childcare expenses for parents attending college.

The Giving Kitchen awarded 127 grants, totalling $21,920, to employees of the Olde Pink House in Savannah following a restaurant fire that could keep them out of work for up to three months.

> On Feb. 14, more than 300 Georgians rallied at the state capitol for the New American Celebration 2019, a day of education and outreach for lawmakers hosted by the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies, a 17-member collaborative that includes Catholic Charities Atlanta, the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services, Friends of Refugees, Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network, Global Village Project, Inspiritus, International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, Jewish Family & Career Services, Latin American Association, New American Pathways, Refugee Women’s Network, and Tapestri. Among lawmakers in attendance were Gov. Brian Kemp, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and Lucy McBath, and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

In a collaborative effort with the Friends of Briarlake Forest, the Atlanta Audubon Society has officially recognized Briarlake Forest Park as a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary.



Heritage Sandy Springs has partnered with the Atlanta Sport and Social Club to add a new Taproom Concert Series to their Concerts by the Springs events, adding a ticketed “pop-up” sip-and-stroll experience to the free, popular summer music series, which regularly draws 10,000 attendees each season.

> The Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) and Tommy Nobis Center were each recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the 2019 Top Workplaces awards, determined through a citywide survey of employees; MAAC also received this year’s Meaningfulness Award. 

Kidz2Leaders received $37,000 as the beneficiaries of the Chattahoochee Plantation Women’s Club “Night of Hope” Gala fundraiser.

Fill Ministries, the organization that runs Meals by Grace, was named 2019 Nonprofit of the Year by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce at their Excellence in Business Awards on Feb. 7.

The Drake House recently completed a capital campaign for, and full renovation of, its second apartment community, The Drake Village, with hands-on help from HomeAid Atlanta. The new facility doubles the number of families it can serve from 16 to 32. In addition, The Drake House was named the 2019 nonprofit partner of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

> Partnering with Southern Conservation Trust, and with a grant from the American Birding Expo Conservation Fund, Atlanta Audubon will build a 12-foot tall Chimney Swift tower and educational kiosk at Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary in Fayetteville.

The Atlanta History Center opened the new “Cyclorama: The Big Picture” exhibit at the end of February, the culmination of a project funded with $35.8 million in donations, and featuring the fully-restored, 10,000-pound, 132-year-old hand-painted artwork depicting The Battle of Atlanta.

Wholesome Wave Georgia recently held its Georgia Fresh For Less 2019 Network Gathering in TIfton, helping their partners prepare for the upcoming market season and recognizing a number of their achievements.

HomeAid received a $10,000 gift from the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

MUST Ministries received a $100,000 award award from the J.M. Huber Corporation.

The Quest Community Development Organization received a total of $8 million in tax allocation grants and new market tax credits from Invest Atlanta and its affiliate Atlanta Emerging Markets, in association with SunTrust Banks, to help fund construction of a new Nonprofit Center for Change on Atlanta’s Westside.

> The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation celebrated its 40th birthday with their very first crowdfunding campaign, which netted over $12,000 in small-amount donations in one day to benefit the SAFE Fund; law firm Troutman Sanders also made a $50,000 donation, and hosted a birthday party that raised an additional $1,200.

The Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) is entering a two-year partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board to design and implement a networked improvement community among three rural school districts, including on-site technical assistance, choice-driven personalized learning, and coaching of teachers and leaders.



Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities added five new members to its board: Dave Fine, Brian Fuller, Raje Kantamneni, Chris W. Marinac, and Cindy Nofi.

The Multi-Agency Alliance for Children welcomes Amy Phuong and Courtney Stillwagon to its board.

Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson has been named chairman of the board for Atlanta Hall Management, which operates the College Football Hall of Fame.

North Fulton Community Charities ED Barbara Duffy was honored by the Roswell Community Masjid at their celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, recognizing her for almost 30 years of work in the community.

Piedmont Park Conservancy announced promotions for three staff members – Education Coordinator Dana Buskovitz, Database and Grants Manager Krystal Collier, and Green Market and Educational Assets Manager Mary Yetter – as well as the addition of ten new board members: Adriana Varela, Alex Wan, Erin Yabroudy, Herman Howard, John Wilson, Joni Winston, Lee Echols, Makara Rumley, Patrick Baldwin, and Timothy Montz.

Atlanta BeltLine has appointed Clyde Higgs as its new CEO, following his term as interim CEO.

Rainbow Village has welcomed Alison Morgan as their newest program director.

Hemophilia of Georgia has hired Edith Rosato as their new CEO.

The Drake House welcomed Robyn Rotunda as their new director of development, and promoted Caroline Choe to full-time student program coordinator.

Atlantic Capital Bancshares, the parent company of Atlantic Capital Bank, added Shantella E. Cooper to its board of directors.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta announced new board officers Anne Bowen-Long, chair; Sonnet C. Edmonds, vice chair; and Cathy C. Miller, treasurer.

United Way of Greater Atlanta welcomed Lara Wagner as their new Corporate Relations & Strategic Partnership Manager.

In recognition of her efforts for nonprofits, Atlanta Community Food Bank Chief Marketing Officer Heather Schlesinger will receive this year’s Marketer for Good Award from The Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association at their annual awards ceremony on March 21.


GCN Highlights

GCN Consultant Tommy Pearce has joined the Governor’s Complete Count Committee for Census 2020; the Committee recently decided upon Georgia-specific brand guidelines for Census 2020 communications, useful for any campaigns, documents, or webpages that nonprofits are producing related to the Census. Find them here.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has engaged GCN Consulting to help them complete their next strategic plan over the spring and summer.

GCN EVP and Senior Consultant Kathy Keeley just completed a development assessment for the Center for Puppetry Arts, including recommendations for how to deepen their engagement with individual donors.

GCN Consulting completed focus groups in 13 counties for the United Way of Northeast Georgia, covering topics such as impact investing, community priorities, and donor engagement preferences.

At a recent meeting of this year’s 30 Under 30 cohort, a joint program of YNPN Atlanta and GCN, Senior Consultant Mary Bear Hughes gave a presentation on personal leadership development called “Your Path to the Corner Office.”

Working with members of the Gwinnett Coalition on Human Services, GCN Consulting is helping develop a strategic plan that fits emerging trends and opportunities in Gwinnett.

GCN Consulting is transferring the “backbone” work of Macon AIM to local organizations following an 18-month facilitation that created shared outcomes, a shared intake and data system, and coordinated case management among a dozen area nonprofits.

With a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, GCN Consulting is helping Catholic Charities Atlanta, International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, and New American Pathways create a shared services model called the GA Welcome Coop. (Learn more about the effort here.)


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