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Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | July 2021

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Arts funding for Atlanta: Metro nonprofits have until August 13 to apply for an Arts Fund grant  from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, with priority going to BIPOC-led and -serving organizations. (For more grants now available, check our July funding opportunities roundup.)

Need a new website? 48in48 is gearing up for another global website build-a-thon for nonprofits, starting October 1. Apply by Sept. 10 for your chance to get a new online home.

Recognize a partner: Nominations are open through August 1 for the IMPACT Award offered by the Corporate Volunteer Council. All companies are welcome to apply, and nonprofit representatives may nominate corporate partners with partner approval. Learn more.

BeltLine help for homeowners: Assistance from Atlanta BeltLine is available for legacy homeowners living in the southern and western neighborhoods of the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area to cover increases in property taxes. Learn more.

Vaccines for Southwest Georgia: The Fair Count #CountMeIn mobile vaccination clinic series for Southwest Georgia communities continues: Check here for the current schedule of vaccination events.


The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is partnering with the National Black Bank Foundation as a fiscal sponsor of their Black Bank Fund, making a historic injection of tier 1 capital to help Black banks provide $2.5 billion in new loans to communities of color.

CURE Childhood Cancer is providing more than $3 million in grants for the Precision Medicine Program at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, funding seven researchers and training for two pediatric oncology fellows.

The Wells Fargo Foundation announced it would donate $7.75 million to Habitat for Humanity International through its Wells Fargo Builds program to build and repair more than 340 homes, increasing housing affordability across the United States. Additionally, Wells Fargo is providing $5.6 million as the exclusive funder of a new financial wellness initiative from The Historically Black Colleges & Universities Community Development Action Coalition called Our Money Matters, serving college students of color at Morris Brown College.

Advocacy, equity, and justice

Fair Count representatives have been appearing before the Georgia legislature to speak in favor of a transparent, inclusive, and equitable redistricting process. In addition, Fair Count is embarking on a joint project with Tableau Foundation to aid in the South’s efforts to recover from the pandemic.

Black Voters Matter completed their Freedom Ride for Voting Rights, visiting 9 states in 10 days, and ending in Washington, D.C., where they spoke in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Georgia Equality's annual June fundraising gala, Evening for Equality!, was held virtually and raised $115,000, making it the most successful in the organization’s history thus far.

Arts and culture

Alternate ROOTS and South Arts each received funding in the latest round of grants awarded by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

The Sara Giles Moore Foundation awarded the High Museum of Art one the largest grants in the museum’s history: $3.1 million over 6 years, to be used for maintaining collections.

Animals, environment, and greenspace

Southern Conservation Trust recently received two awards in recognition for their work: the 2021 Outstanding Member Organization from EarthShare Georgia and the National Conservation Award from the National Daughters of the American Revolution. The Trust also kicked off a partnership with Georgia Audubon through which they’ll co-host monthly birding field trips.

Piedmont Park Conservancy's fundraiser Picnic for Piedmont Park raised $70,000, with over 400 guests attending.

Trees Atlanta expanded the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum by adding plants along the Southside trail, creating a barrier of potted plants along the Bill Kennedy connector, and installing stormwater infrastructure along the Northside trail.

Atlanta BeltLine also released a commemorative book celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Art on the Atlanta BeltLine project, the largest outdoor temporary public art exhibition in the South, and partnered with Georgia Audubon to install two Chimney Swift towers, helping support the conservation of Chimney Swift birds on the Westside and Eastside Trails.


Georgia Core is celebrating the release of two new license plate designs supporting cancer education, research, and treatment; the Breast Cancer License Plate underwent its first redesign since the program began, and the All Cancer plate is a first edition.

CBS46 Atlanta’s newscast Positively Georgia recently highlighted the essential work completed by the Dementia Spotlight Foundation.

Kate’s Club published We Come Together as One, a book for adult caregivers helping children and teens through grief, authored by Director of Programs Lane Pease Hendricks and long-time volunteer Nancy Kriseman.

CHRIS 180 held a groundbreaking ceremony to announce a partnership with the MicroLife Institute to construct a single-family home in Atlanta’s Washington Park neighborhood. The home will shelter up to two single mothers and their children at a time, alongside Ms. Deborah Glover, a 71-year-old who once lived in a shed without water or electricity and will now work collaboratively with CHRIS 180 to offer guidance and support to women in need.

HealthMPowers announced the receipt of $90,497 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to train over 150 Georgia K-12 schools and childcare centers to implement comprehensive farm-to-school programs.

Human Services

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) generated more than $85,000 during the Second Annual Fashion Play event, featuring current Atlanta Falcons players and NFL Alumni on June 16, 2021, at Cator Woolford Gardens.

During their Juneteenth day of service, Safehouse Outreach partnered with area organizations to provide 250 unsheltered Atlantans with health services including: administration of 25 Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, distribution of 400 wellness kits, and 35 wellness checks, which included medical recommendations for those experiencing homelessness. 

The national organization 100 Black Men of America named 100 Black Men of Atlanta the 2020 chapter of the year for remaining committed to the organization’s goals despite facing challenges posed by the pandemic.

HomeAid Atlanta completed the renovation of a home for North Georgia Angel House that will provide a safe place for six young women in the foster care system, saving the Canton nonprofit $35,000 in construction costs.

United Way of Greater Atlanta successfully coordinated 40-plus service projects and more than 1,000 volunteers across 13 Georgia counties during this year’s “Unite for Service Week.” 

Bethany Christian Services of Georgia received a $10,500 grant from Jackson EMC to help provide financial assistance for foster care development and training.

Camp Twin Lakes announced the public launch of its record-setting Growing Together campaign to raise $22.5 million, and held a ground-breaking ceremony for the development of its third year-round campus – where the nonprofit will annually reach 3,500 campers, including those in previously under-served populations. 

New American Pathways teamed up with the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies to celebrate this year’s World Refugee Day on June 20th at Refuge Coffee in Clarkston, Georgia. The successful event attracted several hundred attendees and featured a welcome from Congressman Hank Johnson.

Wholesome Wave Georgia announced nine Innovation and Cultivation Grant winners for 2021, and welcomed four new Georiga farmers markets – in Cartersville, Moultrie, Winterville, and Columbus – into their Fresh For Less program, which doubles customers' SNAP benefits; already this year, Fresh for Less has paid for over $100,000 in fruits and vegetables for shoppers.

Giving Kitchen moved to a new office on Atlanta’s west side in May and is celebrating a few milestones: 3,000 financial assistance awards made; $4,669,913 given to food service workers in crisis; approximately 356 years of rent and mortgage payments covered; and about 1700 children spared from eviction, with an additional $90,104 awarded in the month of June. 

The Organic Trade Association named Georgia Organics as their member of the year.

Center for the Visually Impaired has launched a new class menu, flexibly designed to meet the needs of individuals with varying ages, skill levels, goals, schedules, and abilities.


CHRIS 180 promoted two staffers to new positions: Queie Barnett is now Chief People Officer and Elizabeth Goldberg has taken the role of Chief Development Officer.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced that Novella Noble has joined the organization as Vice President of People and that Ayana Gabriel joined in early July as Vice President of Community Impact.

Tommy Nobis Center recently welcomed Patricia J. Royak, G. Thomas Balas, Jr., Judge Sonja N. Brown, Betsi Barrett, and Kevin Ostwald to their board of directors.

Black Voters Matter Co-Founder Latosha Brown met with Vice President Kamala Harris as part of the Black Women's Roundtable to discuss a strategy for combating voter suppression and restoring ballot access.

Wellroot Family Services appointed Christina Lennon as Chief Strategy and Implementation Officer and Jenny Paveglio as Clinical Director.

Atlanta Pride Committee welcomed Steven Igarashi-Ball as Director of Equity and Engagement and Lance Mealer as Administrative Coordinator. 

Georgia Organics Board Member Matthew Raiford was featured in a New York Times story: “Her Family Owned Slaves. How Can She Make Amends?”

The High Museum of Art recently named Daniel W. Boone III as a life trustee and announced the appointment of five new board members; Yolanda Frinks, Lillian Cousins Giornelli, Mark Hanson, Kevin Lee, and Melissa Proctor will each serve three-year terms.  

Georgia CASA welcomed 8 new board members, each beginning 3-terms on July 1: Elena Chang, Wendy Cobb, Chelsea DeWaters, Don Miller, Susanna Patterson, Esq., Carlene Redmond, Heather Steen, Esq., and Susie Weller.

The Center for Puppetry Arts welcomed Brian Reed to the board.

Voices for Georgia’s Children elected LeRoy Burke III, Barbara "Bobbi" Cleveland, Nicola Dawkins-Lyn, and Marc Welsh to the board.


This roundup was sourced from member and partner submissions, as well as their websites, newsletters, and social media channels; the Coxe Curry & Associates Week in Review newsletter; and GCN staff.

Kelli Lynn Karanovich is a professional copywriter and educator who publishes poems and essays as Kelli Lynn Grey.


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