Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | November 2018

November 08, 2018
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GCN is proud to announce the theme of this year’s GAgives on #GivingTuesday: #showyourlove. Get into the spirit by following and sharing the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Add our GAgives Facebook frame. Post an #UNselfie. Together with our partners and thousands of participating nonprofits, we’re building excitement across the community to make Nov. 27, 2018 a record day of generosity for our state, and we’d love you to part of it!





At its Lighting the Way event, the SunTrust Foundation announced a total of $2.7 million in grants to 36 nonprofits across the Southeast and Midwest, each of which will receive $75,000 – more than tripling its giving over last year’s event. Among the recipients: ACT! Albany Community Together, Cool Girls Inc., Junior Achievement of Georgia, and Mary Hall Freedom House.

The GoATL Fund, an impact investment fund managed by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, made a $1 million investment in Enterprise Community Partners to help fund multi-family affordable housing throughout Metro Atlanta.

The Coca-Cola Foundation announced that its total worldwide giving has passed the $1 billion mark, supporting more than 655 million people and 2,400 organizations since its 1985 inception.

GEEARS and the Metro Atlanta Chamber released a new report, Opportunities Lost: How Child Care Challenges Affect Georgia’s Workforce and Economy, based on extensive original research into the intersection of child care challenges and workforce participation.

GEEARS also hosted a Gubenatorial Summit on Early Education, where Gov. Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal, and candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and state superintendent spoke about a range of topics impacting Georgia’s families and youngest children.

> The Atlanta Press Club hosted 14 debates ahead of the Nov. 6 general election, including candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State School Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, Public Service Commission Districts 3 and 5, and Congressional Districts 6, 7, 10, and 12; the debate among Georgia’s three gubernatorial candidates was broadcast live by Georgia Public Broadcasting. 

Last month, HomeAid Atlanta and its volunteer partners completed a project for Covenant House Georgia, including painting and landscaping, that saved the emergency shelter nonprofit nearly $20,000; they also held a day of service for Making A Way Housing that provided nearly $4,000 in savings, and another for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency that saved them approximately $8,000.

After working with the City of Atlanta Dept. Bureau of Watershed Management to populate it with native plant species, the Atlanta Audubon Society has designated the McDaniel Branch Wetlands project in southwest Atlanta as a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary.

> Prevent Blindness Georgia deployed a group of pediatric vision screeners and optometrists to provide free comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to students at Sheltering Arms’s Barack and Michelle Obama Academy as part of their health event in November.

Jewish Family & Career Services Atlanta launched a Brain Health Boot Camp, the first of its kind in Atlanta, designed to provide memory-enhancement benefits for those experiencing symptoms of memory loss.

More than 70 volunteers from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Cox Enterprises helped clean up Peachtree Creek at Atlanta Memorial Park, collecting more 1.5 tons of trash and recycling, as well as removing invasive species along a new trail.

Gas South awarded a total of $300,000 in impact investments to six Atlanta-area nonprofits, including Covenant House Georgia, PowerMyLearning, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, and Camp Twin Lakes.

At their first annual Disaster Forum, The Coca-Cola Company brought together CSR professionals from The Home Depot, UPS, the American Red Cross, Cox Enterprises, Georgia Power, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, and many others to identify ways to make a greater impact during times of acute need.


> The Atlanta Children’s Shelter was honored with the Big Voice for Georgia’s Children award, given by Voices for Georgia’s Children at a celebration last month.

The Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health received a five-year, $29.97 million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will help fund the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases.

At its annual Human Relations Award dinner, the American Jewish Committee Atlanta raised nearly $500,000.

The Georgia Historical Society was awarded $500,000 by the Delta Air Lines Foundation in support of their Next Century Initiative.




> Literacy Action received over $115,000 through a fundraiser organized by DragonCon, the largest amount raised for a charity in the history of the popular Atlanta-based pop-culture conference.

Central Atlanta Progress and its public-private partnership, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, unveiled a series of new brand logos in October, alongside a redesign of its website.

Second Helpings Atlanta received a $50,000 grant from the Cox Foundation, which continues their years-long financial and in-kind support for the hunger-fighting organization.

The Latin American Association celebrated its 30th anniversary with a Latin Fever Ball on Oct. 6. In November, they received a $25,000 donation from the Buckhead Rotary Club.

3Keys will be a major beneficiary of a new statewide referendum, passed by an overwhelming margin in the Nov. 6 election, which allows nonprofits to work with business partners to build permanent housing for Georgians with mental illness who would otherwise be homeless.

The Drake House received a brand new 15-passenger van in a gift from the Stratton Foundation, working with Hennessy Ford.

> On Oct. 6th and 7th, the Piedmont Park Conversancy held its 10th annual Splish Splash Dog Bash, hosting a sell-out crowd of more than 900 dogs and their owners at the park pool and surroundings.




Bearings Bike Shop welcomes two new staff members: Program Coordinator Candice Lofton and School Program Coordinator Connorie Russell.

Jack Harris, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Georgia, and Donna Buchanan, former COO of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, were each recognized with a Turknett Leadership Character Award, presented in association with the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper named Julia Regeski as its new communications manager.

Among the young professionals honored in Georgia Trend magazine’s 2018 40 Under 40 list: Melissa Brogdon, director of development and communications at Emmaus House; and Ankur Chatterjee, founder and former ED of Enduring Hearts; and Susan Landrum, ED of VOX Teen Communications.

> The Drake House is proud to announce the first class of their Young Professional Advisory Council: Amy Moore, Jihan Gary, Marjorie Edenfield, Chasity Thiele, Rev. Jessica Asbell, Jeff Harding, Tevin Johnson, Sarah LaDart, Daniel Lee, Colin Peebles, Justin Shirley, Margaret Shiver, Mike Thomas, Tessa Turner, Andrew Walker, and Jacari Witchard.

The Schenck School named Jennifer Dangar, Mark Bell, and Jeffrey Wright to its board.

Communities In Schools of Atlanta has appointed Whitney Gerkin, Tharon Johnson, and Anne Lerner to its board.

HealthMPowers has appointed four new members to its board of directors: Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Amanda Adams, Laura Stammer, and Justin Grimsley.

Lost-n-Found Youth welcomed Patricia "Patty" Durand and Michael Rupert to its board of directors.

GCN Highlights

On Oct. 23, GCN Vice President of Marketing & Communications Betsy Reid joined two other #GivingTuesday community campaign leaders for a webinar, hosted by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, on the ways that local leaders can spur participation in #GivingTuesday.

GCN Vice President and Senior Consultant José Bright delivered a presentation titled “The Impacts of Compassion and Service” to members of the Kettering Executive Network, an Atlanta association of senior-level business leaders.

On Nov. 1, GCN hosted a funders roundtable in Brunswick, where area nonprofit leaders heard from Paul White of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Jeff Barker of the St. Methodist United Church Foundation, Virginia Brown of the United Way of Coastal Georgia, and Lucas Ramirez, director of The Gathering Place, in a conversation about collecting data and sharing results moderated by Senior Consultant Elizabeth Runkle.

GCN Nonprofit Consulting is wrapping up a season of First Flex Fridays, taking place on the first Friday of each month, where nonprofits can receive free one-hour consulting engagements for managing organizational change. The last First Flex Friday will take place on Dec. 7, which you can register for now.

GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor led a webinar in workplace financial wellness programs as part of GCN’s new Mission:Money initiative. Watch it here.

In our latest member-exclusive event, GCN welcomed experts from Mauldin & Jenkins to present a review of the “nonprofit watchdogs” who keep tabs on the sector for the government and the public at large. Find our advice-filled recap here.

In partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, GCN launched this year’s Building Community Network program with a presentation from Karen Beavor on the 8 Key Trends That Will Transform the Social Sector in the Next Decade. The next session, on Nov. 7, will begin a three-part series on “Managing in Uncertain Times.”

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