Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | September 2018

September 14, 2018
| 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.)

GCN has issued an advocacy call-to-action as part of our work, on a national and local level, to address aspects of this year’s tax act that will impact nonprofits – in particular, changes to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT), which includes new taxes on employee transportation. Please join us in advocating for the sector’s interests!


> Kicking off the public phase of its One Region Initiative on Aug. 23, Welcoming America released a plan for creating a more inclusive Metro area. With the support of its partners – including the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Latin American Association, New American Pathways, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Catholic Charities of Georgia, and many others – the initiative will implement planned action for civic engagement, government leadership, safe and connected communities, equitable access, economic development, and education. 

Atlanta Audubon was awarded a $98,980 grant from a private Atlanta family foundation to build and grow its educational programs.

Among the 200 organizations selected by the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management program for funding: Alternate ROOTS, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta Film Society, Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, Core Dance, Dad’s Garage Theatre, Flux Projects, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Johns Creek Arts Center, Moving in the Spirit, MOCA GA, Theatrical Outfit, and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

Open Hand Atlanta received a $150,000 grant from the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The grant will support three years of classes in chronic disease self-management for seniors, produced in partnership with Grady Health.

CHRIS 180 raised $15 million at their 2018 CHRIStal Ball for the Turning Point Capital Campaign – the most successful campaign in its 37-year history – which aims to double the organization’s footprint by 2020.

Golden Isles Career Academy was selected as the Georgia College & Career Academy of the Year at the Lt. Governor’s Business and Education Summit, which comes with a $3,000 donation furnished by the Georgia Apartment Association.

The KIPP Foundation received a $499,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a portion of which will go to KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools to provide training for high school counselors helping students prepare for college. 

> When their business didn’t make it in Atlanta, China-based bicycle-sharing company ofo donated their stock to Atlanta-area nonprofits: Bearings Bike Shop received 40 of the bicycles, which will be used in its signature youth development program, while First Step Staffing received 20 bicycles, which their clients can borrow to pursue job opportunities.

Heritage Sandy Springs will reopen the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum in its new home, the historic Williams-Payne House, during the annual Sandy Springs Festival on September 22.

GCN partners Chick-fil-A, Turner Broadcasting, Gas South, and MailChimp were recognized for their dedication to employee volunteerism and civic engagement by the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta at their annual IMPACT Awards.

Trees Atlanta received a $29,500 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the EPA to fund the restoration of the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill.

Hillside Atlanta is celebrating its 130th year in service, a journey that’s taken it from a ten-room shelter to a full-service residential and community mental health provider serving more than 500 clients annually.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Buckhead Christian Ministry, Literacy Action, and Nicholas House were selected to join the Atlanta Women’s Foundation new Breaking Barriers, Building Women program, funded by The Coca-Cola Company, which will provide grant money and training for eight nonprofits.

The Methodist Home for Children & Youth held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Eagle’s Nest Children’s Center facility, which will double the capacity of their early learning program.


> The TEGNA Foundation and 11Alive awarded grants to 16 Atlanta-area nonprofits, including Action Ministries, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Hands On Atlanta, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Revved Up Kids, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, and GCN.

On Aug. 2, HomeAid Atlanta joined with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity to help complete a home build in the English Avenue neighborhood, where CHRIS 180 will provide transitional housing and other services for young adults who age out of the foster care system, generating a savings of $5,000.

CURE Childhood Cancer announced nearly $4 million in research grants for the 2018-2019 fiscal year; doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are among the major recipients.

> Volunteers organized by the United Way and Action Ministries recently came together to put together snack packs benefitting 500 children at an event sponsored by Wells Fargo.

GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students celebrated the graduation of its first class of Atlanta Early Education Ambassadors, a 24-member cohort of parents, grandparents, teachers, and community members who will serve as advocates and community leaders for early education in the Washington and Douglass neighborhoods.

On Aug. 23, Junior Achievement opened its third Metro-area Discovery Center in Cumming, which will serve 15,000-plus middle-school students.

The UPS Foundation announced a three-year, $5.3 million commitment to continue its support of UPS Road Code, a teen safe driving program that has reached more than 48,000 teens over 10 years.


The High Museum of Art welcomed four new members to its board: Michael “Killer Mike” Redner, Jean Hanges, David Park, and Keinon Johnson.

GEEARS Director of Special Projects and Partnerships Lisa Dwyer was chosen for this year’s Education Policy Fellowship Program, while Director of Communications Vett Vandiver was selected to attend the 2018 Regional Leadership Institute.

Aurora Theatre announced that Greta Zandstra will be the director of education.

CHRIS 180 announced the appointment of Kevin Clift as its new vice president of development.

Angela Speir Phelps has been newly promoted to executive vice president at MUST Ministries.

Year Up Greater Atlanta has hired Grace Jackson as their new executive director.

Marybeth Leamer will serve as interim CEO of Families First following the resignation of Terry Tucker.

Lost-n-Found Youth welcomed Brian Isbell Garcia and Melissa McMorries to its board, and recently named Audrey Krumbach as its interim executive director.

Lisa Kennedy, chief development officer at The Atlanta Opera, served as guest presenter for the August meeting of the Foundation Center South’s Development Breakfast Circle.

Center for the Visually Impaired has named Angie Clawson as their new director of communications.

Among those honored in the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s first annual list of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia: Anibal Torres, executive director of the Latin American Association; Anthony P. Roriguez, co-founder and producing artistic director of Aurora Theatre; Bob Jimenez, senior vice president at Cox Enterprises and board member at Latin American Association; and Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation.

The nominees for this year’s Leadership Character Awards, presented by Turknett Leadership Group and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, include Patrick Gahan, founder of Enduring Hearts; Jack Harris, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Georgia; Kevin James, acting CEO of 100 Black Men of America; Kwame Johnson, president and CEO of Big Brother Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta; Beth Messer, chief program officer at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta; Kyle Waide, president and CEO of Atlanta Community Food Bank; Dave Ward, president and CEO of Tommy Nobis Center; Dakira Watkins, director of student services at Year Up; Donna Buchanan, former COO at United Way of Greater Atlanta; Rose McKeever, nurse navigator at DeKalb Medical Center; Rich DeAugustinis, vice president at The Coca-Cola Company; Greg Morrison, chief innovation officer at Cox Enterprises; Nikki Jefferson, senior HR business partner at Cox Communications; and Lloyd Knight, director at UPS

GCN Highlights

GCN held its annual GAgives on #GivingTuesday kickoff event on Aug. 17, featuring a spirited morning rally at Woodruff Park, a keynote speech from #GivingTuesday Community Campaigns Leader Jamie McDonald, and insight from seasoned GAgives campaigners; WSB-TV was also on-hand to cover the excitement.

Senior Consultant Elizabeth Runkle led an educational session on marketing at the annual conference of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence on Jekyll Island.

GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group has begun working with the Georgia OBGyn Foundation on their next strategic plan.

The Nonprofit Consulting Group launched its new DOING LABS series at the end of August, designed to give teams of nonprofit pros the guidance, time, and space to complete critical plans; visit this page to learn more about them and sign up for the next two, Write the Talent Development Plan and Write the Strategic Plan.

On Aug. 31, Senior Consultant Mary Hughes facilitated a day-long planning retreat for the Atlanta Commission on Women to help set priorities and strategies for the City Council’s efforts on behalf of women’s issues and opportunities.

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