Research into geographic regions, consumer trust, behavior change models, and engagement led Sustainable Atlanta to produce Look Up Atlanta, a kind of Facebook for local do-gooders.
First Step Staffing already won a Nonprofit Revolution Award in 2011, when it was pioneering a novel way to secure sustainable income for people without homes. Their new idea, business acquisition, is set to replicate their impact in cities across the U.S.
A great idea now in its 17th year, the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta’s annual IMPACT Awards is a high-profile recognition of Atlanta companies that support the community through employee volunteer programs and other civic engagements.
After two years of growth in their youth education program, Trees Atlanta decided it was time to pilot a summer camp for their growing cadre of young nature enthusiasts. Modeled after their adult TreeKeepers program (now in its eighth year), Junior TreeKeepers debuted this summer with a two-week curriculum focusing on having fun while learning in the Atlanta BeltLine’s Arboretum—the world’s longest arboretum, installed by Trees Atlanta.
“We realized that, if we want to end child sex trafficking, we had to stop talking about kids and start talking to them,” says youthSpark Program Coordinator Allison Hood.
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, this summer‘s Design for Social Impact exhibit at Museum of Design Atlanta offered a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects, and social entrepreneurs from across the Southeast are using design to solve 21st century problems.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Macon Film Festival (MaGa) decided it was time for a change: beginning in 2015, the 4-day series held before now each February will partner with the Bragg Jam Music, Arts, and Kids Festival to create a ten-day mega-event in the middle of July.
With their toll-free All Georgia Kids hotline (1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS) and a user-friendly website at allgakids.org, Quality Care for Children became the first and only statewide resource helping families find affordable, quality child care.
In 2011, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (MAAF) surveyed the financial health of 40 nonprofits they’d supported over the years, and found that “this cohort of fantastic, creative, mature, highly productive arts organizations had extremely low liquidity,” said founding Director Lisa Cremin. “This was no way to do business.”
When City of Refuge was gifted a large facility by philanthropist Malon Mimms, CEO Bruce Deel envisioned turning the space into a “one-stop shop” for families facing the crisis of homelessness. “Many of our clients were struggling to get the resources they need, because they had to visit many organizations, make multiple appointments, find funds for public transportation to get there, line up child care,” said Deel.