Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | May 2018

May 11, 2018
| by Editor |

The latest updates from our members and partners, highlighting accomplishments and impact, new partnerships, staff moves, and more.


< The Latin American Association has opened a new office in Lawrenceville, where it will offer both immigration legal services and family well-being services.

At their annual High Five Party, Hands On Atlanta raised more than $130,000 to mobilize volunteers in support of its education and hunger programs.

The Neurosciences Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta received a $466,650 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study new ways of detecting and assessing pediatric brain injuries.

Skyland Trail will soon break ground on a new campus to treat adolescents, ages 14 to 17, which will include a 26-bed residential facility andoutpatient services. With $17.5 million of its $20 million goal raised, Skyland anticipates that the30,000-square-foot facility will be ready in time for a summer 2019 grand opening.

Camp Sunshine celebrated its 35-year anniversary with a February fundraiser at the Atlanta History Center, raising more than $380,000 to support programs for children with cancer and their families.

At its sixth annual Second Century Circle breakfast on March 20, the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta raised more than $1.1 million.

The 14th annual Choose Success Awards Dinner on March 15 raised $430,000 to support the mission of Communities In Schools of Atlanta.

< The Beverly J. Searles Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, 105-unit senior housing community, The Legacy at Vine City, located in the heart of the Westside Atlanta neighborhood. Construction on the $20 million community will take just over a year, generating 150 construction-related jobs.

At their first "Welcome to Our Neighborhood" gala in February, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity raised more than $500,000 to support their expanded aims: empowering families through homeownership and rebuilding neighborhoods.

TechBridge recently held its 18th annual Digital Ball, raising $105,172 for the #DreamBigGA grant program, helping the nonprofit-serving technology organization exceed its crowdfunding goal.

Atlanta Audubon Society and Piedmont Park Conservancy broke ground on the Bird-Friendly Habitat Educational Exhibit in the Piedmont Commons area of Piedmont Park, which will include a native plant garden and Georgia’s first Chimney Swift tower, a 24-foot-tall home for the roosting swifts of Atlanta.

The Foundation of Wesley Woods raised a record-setting $354,478 at their Heroes, Saints & Legends gala. A sellout crowd of over 330 people attended the event commending the accomplishments of this year’s honorees, the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Dr. Evelyn Lowery, Edward J. “Jack” Hardin, and Merritt Steed Bond.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of its Working Artist Project.

< Park Pride’s 17th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference drew more than 500 supporters to explore the many ways parks strengthen urban resilience.

CARE will soon give its global headquarters a major facelift thanks to a $5 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.

Jewish Family & Career Services raised $501,536 at their 12th annual Community of Caring fundraiser April 27, a luncheon that kicks off their annual fundraising campaign.


< A cohort of Macon-area nonprofits, including Family Advancement Ministries, The Methodist Home for Children & Youth, and United Way of Central Georgia, are now serving families jointly through Macon AIM, funded by the Peyton Anderson Foundation and facilitated by GCN. Encompassing a new approach to service delivery in Macon-Bibb County, this is the third phase in a long-term effort to strengthen the region's nonprofits and public agencies, following a county-wide asset-mapping project and an 18-month, multi-agency capacity-building Momentum program.

The Home Depot Foundation announced a $50 million commitment to train 20,000 tradespeople over the next 10 years. As part of the effort, the Foundation is establishing an advanced-level trades training program with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia for Westside residents. The Foundation also announced that it has fulfilled its commitment to invest $250 million in veteran-related causes a full two years early.

AT&T has committed $200,000 to the Westside Future Fund, which works to revitalize Atlanta's Historic Westside neighborhoods.

HomeAid Atlanta partnered with the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia’s Atlanta Chapter for a HomeAid Care Day at Direction House in Decatur, which serves male veterans as they work to overcome addiction issues. Volunteers completed much-needed landscaping and gardening tasks, generating a savings of approximately $4,500.

< With help from The Georgia Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, Park Pride, and their partners in the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Coalition, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act was passed by state legislators and signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on May 7, giving voters the opportunity to dedicate a portion of existing sales taxes to the conservation of waters, lands, and wildlife.

Georgia Power announced its total charitable giving impact for 2017, amounting to more than $21 million in total investments.


Center for Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Derreck Kayongo resigned in March; the Center has named board member Brian Tolleson to serve as interim CEO while it conducts a national search for Kayongo's replacement. The Center also hired new Chief Operating Officer Donald Byrd and new Director of Finance Lavette Dow-Jones.

Next Generation Men is officially switching its name to Next Generation Men & Women, and has welcomed new Executive Director Phillip Olaleye.

Covenant House Georgia announced Aleizoria "Alie" Redd as its new executive director, succeeding Allison Ashe.

Stan Little has been named the new president of the SunTrust Foundation, succeeding David Fuller.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta named Kwame Johnson as its new president and CEO, succeeding Janice McKenzie-Crayton, who retired last fall after more than 25 years with the organization.

Second Helpings Atlanta appointed Sheri S. Labovitz as board president through December 2019, and welcomed five new board members: Joanne Amposta, Amy Drooker, Sarah Fonder-Kristy, Lori Riordan, and Lyle Warshauer.

Brooks Robinson has been named to the corporate board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has named Jenner Wood as its new board chair.

Skyland Trail recently appointed eight new members to its advisory board: Cara Isdell Lee, Lizeth Smithgall, Michael Mock, Bob Mills, Tracy Cahillane, Hill Hardman, Daraka Satcher, and Jennifer Fuqua Fowler.

Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia has added Michael Krauter, Michael Stafford, and Cindy Tyeskey-Gage to its board.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta has named Hope Chernak its chief program officer.

Joining CARE’s board of directors are Everett Harper, Tessa Lyons-Laing and Richard Stengel.

Bruce G. Ford has joined the Make-A-Wish Georgia’s board of directors.

Shan Cooper, Carol Dillon Kissal, Elizabeth P. Schiavo, and Michelle C. Wells have joined the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta board of directors.

Atlanta Audubon Society recently elected Craig Bell, Gina Charles, Roarke Donnelly, and Shannon Fair to its board of directors.

Seven new members have been elected to the board of directors at CHRIS 180: Isys Caffey, Lenore Cusick, Kevin Heath, Robert "Bo" Keatley, J. Scott Mosteller, Cyril Turner and Rebecca Woods.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced four additions to its board: Millard Choate, Susan Grant, Jerry Wilkinson, and Studie Young.

Several Georgians appeared on the 2017 Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans, including James Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises; Dan and Bubba Cathy of Chick-fil-A; and The Home Depot co-founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank.

< In April, Channel 2 Action News Anchor Jovita Moore celebrated 20 years with WSB-TV.

TechBridge CEO James Franklin and Multi-Agency Alliance for Children ED Heather Rowles each received one of five Social Enterprise Initiative Scholarships from the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta.

Among the 89 community leaders named to the Leadership Atlanta class of 2019: Hillside President & CEO Emily Acker, Metro Atlanta Chamber SVP Deisha Barnett, Communities in Schools of Atlanta CEO Frank Brown, CaringWorks President & CEO Carol Collard, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta VP and CFO Diana Davis, Woodruff Arts Center SVP Janine Musholt, and The Coca-Cola Foundation Director of Global Community Affairs Wanda Rodwell.

GCN Highlights

GCN is proud to announce that Jenna Ovett has been promoted to marketing manager, and excited to welcome Melanie Blanchard as our new development manager.

Senior Consultant Mary Hughes is currently leading searches for two top positions: A new executive director for Cathedral Towers and a President & CEO for GCAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential).

At the end of April, Nonprofit University kicked off a training series in Gwinnett, sponsored by Primerica and Nordson and hosted by the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services. With intensive workshops in leadership, strategy, change management, fundraising, and more, the series will run through the spring and continue into summer. Find more information here.

GCN’s ninth annual High Potential Diverse Leaders (HPDL) program begins on May 17, offering a unique leadership development experience for young nonprofit professionals, enriched this year with new focus areas like change management, emotional intelligence, and racial equity. Thanks go to our partners at the American Express Foundation and MailChimp for making this opportunity possible, and continuing to support the 266-member network of HPDL alumni. Seats are still available, so submit your application now.

Our newest preferred provider is Mutual of America, which has served 17,000 nonprofits with their group retirement plan services. As an immediate benefit to GCN members, Mutual of America will waive their Employer Monthly Contract and Active Participant fees, resulting in annual savings for current clients and a cost-saving opportunity for new clients.

GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group recently completed an organizational assessment for the Vashti Center in Thomasville, and presented opportunities for growth to the board of directors at their annual retreat. GCN is currently working with Vashti to complete a strategic plan aiming to expand mental health services for youth.

The Nonprofit Consulting Group is working with Georgia Transplant Foundation, which provides financial assistance and education to organ donors and transplant recipients, to craft a strategic plan that broadens public engagement and brand awareness in support of expanded fundraising.

GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group is doing extensive data mapping for The Salvation Army Covington's strategic planning efforts, helping them determine how best to grow the organization and meet the changing needs of fast-growing Newton and Walton Counties.

EVP Kathy Keeley presented a workshop of fundraising for 50 women participating in Inspire, a leadership development program of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation in which each participant commits to raising $10,000 to fund the Foundation’s Workforce Development Initiative.

GCN is partnering with the Enterprise Foundation, NeighborWorks, and Georgia ACT to create an Affordable Housing Accelerator that will help local community development corporations strengthen their affordable housing programs. Eight organizations have signed on; GCN will provide organizational assessments and consulting in areas ranging from fundraising to succession planning.   

In partnership with Unemployment Services Trust, EVP Keeley facilitated a webinar on recruitment and retention in a competitive market for talent, including ways to build higher compensation for employees. Over 250 people participated.

President and CEO Karen Beavor also addressed recruitment and retention in GCN's spring CEO Forum, which brought together more than two dozen executive directors to discuss strategies for attracting and keeping the best people.

GCN Consulting recently completed board consulting for Communities in Schools Atlanta.

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