Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | May 2019

May 10, 2019
| by Editor |

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Among the results detailed in their recently-released 2018 annual report, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network reached 2115 people through outreach and education events, served 450-plus clients through their programs, and provided an estimated 3,741 hours of free legal services.

> During the annual, two-week, national home fire safety campaign Sound the Alarm, American Red Cross of Georgia mobilized nearly 700 volunteers to install more than 2,600 free smoke alarms in homes across the state.

The SunTrust Foundation awarded grants totalling $250,000 to 10 nonprofits serving Atlanta’s Westside, including Quest Community Development Organization and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

On May 9, dozens of volunteers gathered to sort and pack thousands of donated diapers, wipes, and other essentials as part of HomeAid Atlanta’s 18th annual Essentials Drive, benefiting homeless babies and their families. With help from UPS, these supplies are being distributed to 22 organizations in time for Mother’s Day.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation gifted $750,000 to the Morehouse School of Medicine, supporting student scholarships and the School’s mission to improve diversity and equity in healthcare.

In a collaborative effort with Cobb County Master Gardeners, Atlanta Audubon Society has recognized the Jean and Elwood Wright Environmental Education Center a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary.

> Wholesome Wave Georgia has teamed with Lyft and the City of Atlanta to launch Access Aglanta, a six-month program providing 300 low-income families with four round-trip rides per month to grocery stores and farmers markets.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s impact investment fund, the GoATL Fund, closed a new $1 million investment for the Low Income Investment Fund to launch a new program financing charter schools in Metro Atlanta’s lower income communities.

Working with researchers from the University of Arkansas, Woodruff Arts Center and Atlanta Public Schools released results from a first-of-its-kind study looking at the ways multiple arts fields trips benefit students, which include stronger school engagement and higher standardized test scores.

The SunTrust Foundation announced a two-year, $556,000 grant for Autism Speaks, expanding its ongoing partnership with the nonprofit.

The advocacy work of GEEARS helped convince Georgia legislators to approve an additional $500,000 in child care scholarships through the Childcare and Parent Services program, and to pass HR 421, establishing a study on the social and emotional health of infants and toddlers.

> As part of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Shoebox Project, which provides basic necessities to over 30,000 homeless people, volunteers from Cox Enterprise attended a “shoebox party” where they decorated and packed more than 500 shoeboxes.

The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute launched a new report on the state’s gender-based wealth gap, Women Mean Business: State Strategies to Close the Women’s Wealth Divide Through Entrepreneurship in Georgia.


Rainbow Village has been named a finalist for the Gwinnett Chamber’s IMPACT Regional Business Awards in the nonprofit category.

With the opening of Henry VIII on June 1, the Atlanta Shakespeare Company will have performed all 39 of Shakespeare’s plays for the second time.

Easter Seals North Georgia celebrated their 100th anniversary at an April 26 luncheon.

The Giving Kitchen announced the first offerings in a new initiative to bring self-care resources to the food service industry nationwide, including free online suicide prevention training for every restaurant in the U.S.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity raised more than $700,000 at their annual Welcome to Our Neighborhood gala on April 13.

The Captain Planet Foundation received a $100,000 donation from AT&T through their new mobile game, Captain Planet: Gaia Guardians, in which players can generate real-world donations by completing in-game tasks.

> YMCA of Metro Atlanta has moved into their new 55,000-square-foot Vine City headquarters, dubbed the YMCA Leadership & Learning Center. A community and collaborative hub, the Center will also house their Regional Training Center and the Arthur M. Blank Early Learning Center, set to open in August.

Piedmont Park Conservancy raised more than $376,000 at their annual Landmark Luncheon, where The Arthur M. Blank Foundation awarded a Green Giant Award to The UPS Foundation.

The Kendeda Fund has partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to lead the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative, which includes a coalition of 30-plus nonprofits, in a repurposed mission: tackling income inequality in Atlanta, especially in African-American communities.

At their annual Galaxy of Stars Luncheon, Tommy Nobis Center raised over $200,000, setting a record for the 21-year-old event.

With more than 225 participants and volunteers, North Fulton Community Charities raised over $100,000 through their two spring fundraisers.

Leaders at The Home Depot have committed to raising $90 million to celebrate the 90th birthday of philanthropist and co-founder Bernie Marcus. Funds will go to support four nonprofits, among them Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Shepherd Center.

> A Second Helpings Atlanta marketing campaign, put together by a team of students through UGA’s student-run advertising and PR agency Talking Dog, won three honors at the Grady School of Journalism’s “Battle of the Brands” event: Fan Favorite, Best Campaign Strategy, and Unsung Hero.

11 Alive was honored with 10 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards in categories covering news reporting, technical achievement, and innovation.

The Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta More Than Pink Walk attracted 5,000 individuals and 200 teams, and raised nearly $1 million.


On June 3, Terri Bonoff will join Jewish Family & Career Services as their new CEO.

GEEARS announced the addition of Early Childhood Education Policy Manager Jessica Woltjen to their team.

> As part of their National Volunteer Week appreciation campaign, MUST Ministries honored Eva Villafone for her 20-year volunteer anniversary.

The DDD Foundation (Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled) welcomed Patrick McDaniel to their board.

YMCA of Metro Atlanta announced that Lauren A. Koontz will be their next president & CEO, effective mid-July.

Quality Care for Children welcomed two new staffers: Director of Marketing Ashley Earles-Bennett and Director of Fund Development Satyam Barakoti.

The CDC Foundation welcomed Elaine Chambers to their board.

Mailchimp's Lain Shakespeare was promoted to senior director of corporate citizenship.

GCN Highlights

GCN is pleased to announce that Colleen Campbell Bozard is joining GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group as a senior consultant, working throughout the Coastal Georgia region. Bozard will be leading a free, fundraising-focused presentation on June 20 at the United Way of the Coastal Empire, open to all area nonprofit professionals.

GCN members can now watch the first session in our four-part Breakfast Bites fundraising trends discussion series, covering stewardship, through GCN’s website. The third session, on nonprofit storytelling, will be available soon. Tune in here.

On June 11, GCN will hold two regional training events on effective boards, free for GCN members: Senior Consultant Elizabeth Runkle will be facilitating the event in Macon, while Senior Consultant Christal Cherry will lead the event in Columbus.

EVP and Senior Consultant Kathy Keeley and Consultant Tommy Pearce finished designing a “Return on Investment” formula for the Multi-Agency Alliance for Children, for use in presentations on achieving outcomes in permanency, trauma-informed care, and transition to adulthood.  

Senior Consultant Keeley will be teaching a workshop at the annual Community Foundation of Augusta Nonprofit Conference on May 21, titled Tips for Maximizing GAgives Day.

Keeley attended The Vashti Center’s second annual board picnic to provide an update on its strategic plan and implementation steps, facilities planning, and fundraising.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is contracting with GCN to imbed an Interim Development Director and a Major Gifts Officer during a transition period in their development office, keeping the Center on-track to achieve their development goals. Senior Consultant Christal Cherry is working as the Interim Development Director for the next 90 days.

Cherry and Keeley finished up the second Doing Lab, Write the Development Plan, on May 7. Organizations with budgets from $30,000 to $2 million participated, many bringing board members along to help write their organization’s annual development plan.

Keeley delivered a two-day Writing Outcomes class to a group of Northeast Georgia agencies hosted by United Way of Northeast Georgia, part of the United Way’s transition to Impact Investing.

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