Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | September 2019

September 16, 2019
| 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.)

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  • Grant Park Conservancy
  • A Loving Act
  • Intown Collaborative Ministries
  • First United Methodist Church of Warner Robins
  • Real Life Center
  • Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage
  • Greater Women's Business Council
  • Georgia Resource Center
  • Auto Accident Survivors of Georgia


◄ More than 16,000 books were distributed over the course of the 7th Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, an initiative led by GEEARS in partnership with the City of Atlanta, the United Way of Greater Atlanta, and a range of other community organizations.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awarded nearly 200 scholarships to first-generation college students in time for the new school year, totalling almost $600,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

During their latest Care Day, HomeAid, and the volunteer groups they organize, made $6,000 in facilities improvements for Solomon’s Temple.

◄ At its fourth annual Lighting the Way Awards event, the SunTrust Foundation awarded $2.7 million to 36 nonprofits across the South and Midwest, including Trinity Community Ministries, North Fulton Community Charities, Communities in Schools of Georgia, and NewTown Macon, each of which received a $75,000 grant.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation awarded a $17.5 million grant to Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, helping fund a multi-phase development plan that will turn Westside Park into Atlanta’s largest greenspace.


The Woodruff Arts Center raised a total of $49 million during the fiscal year ending May 31.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta recently hired three refugee young adults to work as Youth Peer Educators, providing advocacy and education around sexual and reproductive health in their communities. The IRC in Atlanta also just launched an interpretation business serving hospitals, clinics, and community-based organizations.

◄ At their 19th CHRIStal Ball, CHRIS 180 raised more than $600,000 and welcomed more than 600 guests, both new records for the annual gala.


Tommy Pearce, formerly a consultant at GCN, has been named the new ED of Neighborhood Nexus.

PAWS Atlanta appointed Joseph Labriola as their new ED, effective Sept. 16.

The Theatrical Outfit announced that Matt Torney will take the role of new artistic director.

Kevin Gillese will step down as artistic director of Dad’s Garage Theatre after 10 years in the role; Jon Carr will be serving as interim artistic director during the search for Gillese’s replacement.

Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta added seven new board members: Selena Bauman, Erin Bowman, Kristy Brown, Keisha Hines, Stacy Hughes, Nadeem Moiz, and Joyce Reto.

Wholesome Wave Georgia is welcoming Will Sellers as their new ED.

Communities in Schools of Georgia welcomed new State Board Member Robert Gaines II.

Jewish Family & Career Services hired Amanda Arnovitz La Kier as chief development officer, and promoted Lisa Bronstein as their first chief human resources officer.

Camila Zolfaghari has been named the new ED of Street Grace.

Three new members joined the Kate’s Club board of directors: Dan Chandler, Craig Clark, and Teresa Woodruff.

Georgia CASA elected five new members to their board: Kim HarringtonDaniel HathawayLouise MooreBrian Reaves, and John Worcester.

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