Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | October 2018

October 15, 2018
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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.)


Funders from SunTrust’s Bank Charitable Irrevocable Trust and Bank Trusteed Foundations awarded a total of $750,000 in grants to support the Grady Health Foundation’s capital campaign, raising money to establish a new advanced surgical center and expand the Ponce Center for HIV/AIDS.

A number of Atlanta organizations pledged money to help communities affected by Hurricane Florence, including SunTrust Foundation, pledging $300,000; The UPS Foundation, pledging $1 million; the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, pledging $1 million; The Coca-Cola Company Foundation, pledging $1 million, and matching $100,000 in employee contributions to its Disaster Relief Fund; and The Home Depot Foundation, increasing its total disaster relief support to $3 million.

The Wells Fargo Foundation announced $500,000 in donations to six Atlanta-area nonprofits in support of affordable housing and community programs, including $75,000 to Action Ministries, $75,000 to MUST Ministries, and $37,500 to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

Atlanta Audubon Society unveiled its Bird-Friendly Habitat Educational Exhibit in Piedmont Park on Sept. 25 with a full day of activities, including a free bird walk with Audubon experts and a chalk art festival. The exhibit includes a native plant garden and a Chimney Swift tower, providing quality habitats for birds; wildlife observation opportunities for people; and lessons in the value of greenspace, biodiversity, and local plants.

The Georgia Power Foundation completed a 3-year, $1 million investment in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help fund their newly-opened Advanced Pediatrics Center.

The Coca-Cola Company Foundation announced a $2 million gift to the Atlanta Police Foundation’s upcoming Vision Safe Atlanta campaign.

At their first-ever Lawmakers Day of Service, Atlanta Community Food Bank staff and volunteers were joined by local legislators and congressional staff to cook and pack more than 200 meals for Covenant House Georgia.

In their latest Convoy of Care promotion, supporting communities affected by Hurricane Florence, WSB-TV and its fellow Cox Media Group companies collected enough supplies to fill a dozen 18-wheelers.

Through recently-completed renovation projects, HomeAid Atlanta and its partners saved Sheltering Grace Ministry more than $9,000, and Clifton Sanctuary Ministries more than $52,600, in work and materials.

In this year’s round of Community Impact Grants, the North Georgia Community Foundation awarded over $66,000 to 27 nonprofits across a 15-county region, including ITN Lanier, The Path Project, and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

MailChimp has committed $300,000 over the next three years to establish a leadership program at Clayton State University that will prepare students to become tech professionals.


Sheltering Arms celebrated the first year of its Shelter Arms Center at the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy in the Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta.

On Oct. 1, the Georgia Social Impact Collaborative launched Phase 1 of the Georgia Social Impact Map, an interactive tool documenting the ecosystem of impact investing across the state. Co-founded by GCN Board Chair Jeff Woodward, leaders at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and others, the Collaborative counts among its members The Kendeda Fund, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Peyton Anderson Foundation, and the SunTrust Bank Foundation.

SOAR (Social Opportunities and Active Recreation) launched their new Adult Enrichment Health and Wellness Program for adults with disabilities at an event in late September, where they also welcomed new Program Coordinator Allie Pinson.

> The Atlanta Community Food Bank selected a 64-acre site in East Point to build its new facility, which will allow the Food Bank to triple its volume. The ongoing $51.4 million capital campaign supporting it has has already drawn a $15 million commitment from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation (the largest gift ever received by a food bank in the U.S.), plus $2 million from The Arthur M. Blank Foundation and $1 million each from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, and the Zeist Foundation.

In October, GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students launched the online Build My Brain course, an interactive cross-disciplinary program to teach professionals whose work impacts children about early brain development, developed in partnership with research centers at the Atlanta Speech School and Harvard University.

> Last month’s Party for Piedmont Park drew over 400 guests in support of the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

The Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration each awarded Mental Health America of Georgia a contract to provide mental health first aid training free of charge to companies in Georgia.

This month, SisterLove will honor 20 women from across the country living with HIV at their 9th Annual 2020 Leading Women’s Society Awards gala, recognizing their work as change agents and advocates.

Atlanta Audubon Society received a $50,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund to support Project Safe Flight Atlanta, a program designed to make Atlanta more bird-friendly.

Second Helpings Atlanta was awarded a $50,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to help expand their services in the Metro area.

Turner and Gas South were among the winners of the 21st Annual IMPACT Awards, awarded by the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta in September. 

Open Hand Atlanta purchased a new delivery van thanks to an anonymous $40,000 donation made through the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.


> Among this year’s Women Who Mean Business Award-winners, presented by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, were Atlanta Habitat for Humanity CEO Lisa Gordon and Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council President Stacey Key.

HomeStretch Director Rose Burton was named Nonprofit Leader of the Year by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Goodwill of North Georgia announced the election of four new board officers: Janine Anthony Bowen, Chair; Kirk Halpern, Vice Chair; Paula Tkac, Treasurer; and Anthony Tatum, Secretary.

Next Generation Men & Women Co-Founder and Board Member Ben Sperling was named to Emory Alumni’s 40 Under Forty class of 2018.

Camp Sunshine welcomed Alicia Brady as their new development director.

Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity named Jessica Gill as interim president and CEO

Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP) appointed Ronald McNeill as its new president and CEO, and named three new board members: Stacey Evans, Michael Horowitz, and Diana L. Wilson.

On Oct. 1, Jennifer King moved into her new role as executive director of Georgia CASA, where she has been on staff for over 20 years.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta CEO Kwame Johnson was recognized among this year’s Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40.

CHRIS 180 has appointed Chaundra Luckett as its new director of marketing and communications. 

The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce named Britt Fleck as its 2021 chairwoman.

Kenny Leon, co-founder of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, is stepping down from his position as artistic director, to be replaced by current Associate Artistic Director Jamil Jude; Leon will continue on as artistic director emeritus.

The Atlanta Humane Society elected Kyllan Kershaw and Alison Fealey to its board.

Coxe Curry & Associates welcomed Margaret Connelly as a new campaign director.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta named Aliya Bhatia as their new vice president of program services.

Chief Program Officer Fay Dresner has assumed the role of interim CEO at Jewish Family and Career Services.

Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network welcomed Priscila Barravecchia as their new legal assistant, as well as four new advisory board members: Byron Kirkpatrick, Soon Mee Kim, Joe Hellrung, and Heather Fenton.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce hired Alex Gonzalez to serve as its first ever chief innovation officer, and promoted Deisha Barnett to the role of chief brand and communications officer.

The Anti-Defamation League Southeast announced that Woodruff Arts Center President and CEO Doug Shipman will receive this year’s Stuart Lewengrub Torch of Liberty Award. 

GCN Highlights

Excitement is mounting for GAgives Day on Nov. 27, with a record number of nonprofits participating in our second year as a #GivingTuesday campaign. The public-facing campaign launches Nov. 1 with the return of our #UNselfie contest and ongoing support from our media partners. Our prize opportunities continue to expand, with $25,000 in Leaderboard, Power Hour, and Golden Ticket competitions sponsored by Cureo, plus a $7,500 “Fuel for Good” challenge from Gas South. To stay in the loop on the latest news and resources in support of your campaign, sign up for GAgives communications today.

> President and CEO Karen Beavor took part in a panel discussion on the 2020 Census at a September event co-hosted by GEEARS and Voices for Georgia’s Children.

Senior Consultant Mary Bear Hughes served on this year’s Terry McAdam Book Award committee, a program of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, which selected The Goldilocks Challenge: Right-Fit Evidence for the Social Sector by Mary Kay Gugerty and Dean Karlan as its 2018 award recipient.

> The kick-off event for this year’s Building Community Network program, a collaboration between The Home Depot Foundation and GCN, drew more than 100 current program members and alumni to the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for a discussion of eight key trends set to transform the social sector, presented by GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor.


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