Georgia Nonprofit NEWS | November 2019

November 04, 2019
| by Editor |

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Impact

 On their 25th Warm Coat Day, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) distributed 1,892 items – including coats, jackets, hats, scarves, and gloves – to adults and children in 246 families. Among the 145 volunteers helping with collecting, sorting, and distribution were members of the Girl Scout troop that started the annual NFCC campaign 25 years ago, as well as their troop leader. 

Through the GoATL Fund, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta provided a $500,000 loan to Focused Community Strategies to boost their already-successful affordable housing initiative in Historic South Atlanta.

Google announced that it will award a total of $1 million among five Georgia nonprofits to encourage growth in the tech industry, part of their national, $13 billion Google.org Impact Challenge initiative.

Over three HomeAid Care Days in October, Homeid Atlanta and volunteers from corporate partners Brightwater Homes, Angel Oak Home Loans, Juneau Construction Company, and Lennar provided facilities maintenance and repair work for MUST Ministries, Atlanta Mission, and Clifton Sanctuary Ministries.

SunTrust Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling to expand a financial wellness program for the Latino community beyond the original scope of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Houston.

◄ In the year since Hurricane Michael hit South Georgia, American Red Cross of Georgia has provided nearly 2,800 overnight shelter stays, served more than 561,300 meals and snacks, distributed more than 82,100 relief items, and provided over $505,000 in financial assistance to more than 350 damaged or destroyed households. 

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to the Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center to help establish a new training lab.

Achievements

◄ At their annual Spin for Kids fundraiser in October, Camp Twin Lakes raised nearly $500,000 to help provide life-changing camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, or other challenges.

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to support lead exposure prevention; GEEARS also received the 2019 Mark O’Connell Community Impact Award from the United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) has been named a top performer in the City of Atlanta’s 2019 Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, recognizing their high levels of energy and water savings, and will also receive the 2018 Nonprofit Leadership MVP Award. 

Skyland Trail held the grand opening of their new Chamblee facility, the J. Rex Fuqua Campus, on Oct. 10, built with the help of a $21 million fundraising campaign. The new campus will house an adolescent treatment program that is unique in the Southeast and one of just a few nationwide.

MUST Ministries received approval from the Marietta City Council to build a new two-story, courtyard-style, 130-bed shelter on Cobb Parkway North.

Since announcing their 2020 fundraising goal on September 3, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has already received nearly 25 percent of the $20 million target.

◄ On September 29, Wellspring Living welcomed more than 400 attendees to their annual gala and raised over $400,000, making it the most impactful fundraising event in the organization’s 18-year history.

Latin American Association (LAA) received a $280,000 grant from Atlanta United FC and The Arthur M. Blank Foundation to support their mentoring-through-soccer program, run in partnership with Soccer in the Streets. In addition, LAA raised nearly $700,000 at their 31st annual Latin Fever Ball.

As they launched the public phase of their campaign, L’Arche Atlanta announced that they have raised over $1 million from foundations and individuals to fund a second Decatur home for adults with and without intellectual disabilities.

People

The Atlanta Film Society welcomed new staff members Emma Warner, Education Coordinator, and Brian Grady, Screenplay Programmer; they also welcomed five new board members: Wendy Eley Jackson, Adina Erwin, Josh Harris, Byron Hatfield, and Steve Weisnecker.

Horizons Atlanta welcomed Andrea Arroyo and Dr. J. Fidel Turner to its board.

The Center for Puppetry Arts announced that founding Executive Director Vincent Anthony will be retiring effective December 31, and that Beth Shiavo will serve as interim director while the Center conducts a national search for new executive leadership.

The Technical College System of Georgia Foundation named Aleisa Howell, a partner at Mauldin & Jenkins and a GCN Nonprofit University instructor, as their new board of trustees president; they also welcomed new trustees Dan Baker, Lindsay Bridges, Jesse Killings, Tammy Palmgren, and Marjie Dickey.

◄ Rainbow Village welcomed new Success Team Leader Cheryl Carter.

The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta recently welcomed Marian Dickson as their new development director.

Atlanta Audubon Society has named Jared Teutsch as its new executive director.

Quality Care for Children Vice President of Nutrition and Family Well-Being Reynaldo Green was elected to a three-year term as board president for the National Child & Adult Care Food Program Forum, where he previously served as treasurer.

North Fulton Community Charities announced that Holly M. York will be their new executive director as of December 1.

Goodwill of North Georgia announced that Rob King will be new CFO and Joy Holmes will be new vice president of development; they are also welcoming new board members Dan Miller, Ed Ferguson, and Solange Claudio.

Cure Childhood Cancer welcomes new board members Chris Eachus, David Buckel, Meredith Sidewater, and Julie Landis.

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.

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