Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | April 2022

Below, find some of the latest developments from the GCN member and partner community, covering the impact, achievements, and people of the Georgia sector.

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Grantmakers

Georgia Power launched a $3 million education equity pilot project with four Georgia school districts, supporting programs in communities of color that facilitate holistic generational change.

Atlanta Community Food Bank awarded a total of $455,000 in grants to 90 food pantry partners across 21 counties.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

Black Mamas Matter welcomed Vice President Kamala Harris and other top policymakers, experts, and advocates to discuss the state of Black Maternal Health as part of their fifth annual Black Maternal Health Week.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

Atlanta BeltLine received $5 million in transportation funding from the latest U.S. appropriations bill, which will go toward trail construction and design for the Southside Trail.

Arts and culture

Out of Hand Theater received $50,000 in American Rescue Plan funds from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of their upcoming productions, events, and partnerships.

Housing and homelessness

Among the nonprofits receiving Continuum of Care funds from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development: CaringWorks, Covenant House Georgia, Our House, MUST Ministries, and Jerusalem House.

MUST Ministries held a grand opening for their new 43,500-square-foot homeless shelter, the MUST Hope House, funded through a $23 million capital campaign.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity will be providing critical home repairs and wraparound services for five seniors aging in place through their Repair with Kindness program, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Merancas Foundation.

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership has been awarded a $1 million grant from Truist to expand their affordable homeownership and rental housing initiative Closing the Gap.

Human services

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta was selected as a charity partner for this year’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, held each year on July 4.

The Center for the Visually Impaired raised more than $200,000 through their Night Visions Gala event, celebrating the nonprofit’s 60th anniversary. 

Goodwill of North Georgia opened their 38,000-square-foot Metropolitan Parkway Store and Career Center this month with a $712,000 grant from Invest Atlanta to provide free job training.

Junior Achievement of Georgia received a $385,000 grant from Meta (formerly known as Facebook) to support the educational JA Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center.

People

C5 Georgia Youth Foundation participant and Atlanta-area high schooler Avia Solomon was named a 2022 Cooke College Scholar.

Quality Care for Children named Ellyn Cochran as its new president and CEO

Aprio Director of Corporate Citizenship Michele Blondheim has been named the new ED of the Aprio Foundation.

YWCA of Greater Atlanta CEO Sharmen Gowens announced that she will be retiring at the end of 2022, following seven years as head of the organization.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta welcomed three new staff members to their team: Scholarships Manager Kara Gardner, Public Relations Manager Nichole Owens, and Chief Financial Officer Mark Sutton.

VOX ATL has named Claire Dozier as their next Executive Director.

Nicholas House selected Jannan Thomas to become their new Executive Director.

Black Voters Matter Co-Founder LaTosha Brown received the 2022 Humanitarian Award from the DC Choral Arts Society, while Co-Founder Cliff Albright was named the 2022 National Boston Mountaintop Recipient and awarded the Alpha Phi Alpha Convention Award. Among the recipients of this year’s Social Enterprise Initiative Scholarships from the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta: Food Well Alliance ED Kate Conner, HealthMPowers Director of Development Lee Ann Else, Global Growers Network Director of Impact Daphne Hollinger Fowler, Second Helpings Atlanta ED Andrea Jaron, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children Chief Strategic Development Officer Victoria Salzman, Hillside VP of Quality & Risk Management Laura Sellers, and True Colors Theatre Company Managing Director Chandra Stephens-Albright.

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