Enhanced Grantmaking Process Saves Time and Talent for Nonprofits

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Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s new impact areas provide the region’s

nonprofits and community-based groups with additional opportunities

ATLANTA – April 4, 2016 – Today, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced its 2016 grant cycles and launched a new, online portal through which nonprofit organizations can engage with the Foundation. This new system will streamline the grantmaking process for the approximately 5,000 nonprofits across Atlanta’s 23-county region that benefit from the Foundation’s grant funding. This new process comes at a time when the Foundation has also aligned its grantmaking priorities around five impact areas critical to the success of region.

The five impact areas are described as follows:

ARTS – Build a dynamic arts ecology to ensure all residents in our region have access to high quality cultural experiences and diverse artistic programs.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – Ensure that our region produces equitable economic growth, strong civic health and safe and sustainable communities.

EDUCATION – Improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners across the education spectrum, from early learning through post-secondary and workforce preparation.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – Ensure a healthy, safe and engaged region, where residents across the 23 counties have access to health care and nutritious food.

NONPROFIT EFFECTIVENESS – Invest in the region’s nonprofits with the tools and financial resources to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs.

“Our research shows that these impact areas are where the region’s greatest needs exist,” said Alicia Philipp, president of the Community Foundation. “With our knowledge of the nearly 5,000 nonprofits across the region, we can leverage our strength in identifying the organizations that best address that need. With that laser focus, and a simpler way for nonprofits to get on our radar, we can now be even more effective with the grants we award.”

Starting today, nonprofit organizations can create an online profile and common grant application (Organizational Profile and Common Grant Application) as the first step in the Foundation’s grant application process. The new profile tool now captures information about nonprofits and their needs in one place. These profiles will fuel the Foundation’s competitive grant program applications, provide reports for donors who have an interest in the work of local nonprofits and initiate on-going interaction with nonprofits. All organizations – whether nonprofits or community-based groups – including those that have traditionally not been eligible for the Foundation’s grant programs, are encouraged to complete this information.

The Community Foundation offers a number of competitive grant programs to nonprofits in the 23-county metro Atlanta region. These programs include: general operating support (Atlanta AIDS Fund, Common Good Fund, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund), Extra Wish, Grants to Green, Local Funds, Managing for Excellence, and the Neighborhood Fund.

Eligibility requirements vary by grant program, but common criteria to meet include:

  • Have a multi-year written strategic or business plan for the whole organization that includes measureable goals and methods to assess effectiveness 
  • Have a minimum two-year operating history after receiving its 501(c)(3) classification

  • Have audited financial statements for the past two completed fiscal years (for organizations with annual budgets greater than $250,000)
  • Have a minimum of one full-time paid employee
  • Have a Board of Directors representing the diversity and demographics of the community served, including individuals with varied skill sets and the committee structure necessary to succeed
  • Be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit

Nonprofit organizations can find detailed instructions about creating their profile and common grant application here. The Community Foundation will also host a series of forums that provide extensive information on the variety of grantmaking opportunities available to nonprofits and the scope of these changes. Scheduling and registration details are posted online. Those unable to participate in the webinar will be able to access the recording of each on the Foundation’s website within one week of the webinar.

Key Dates for Nonprofits:
The Foundation is now combining its various general operating support programs (Common Good Fund, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, AIDS Fund) into one grant cycle. This will maximize the time and capacity of nonprofit applicants, allowing organizations to submit information once to be considered for funding. The Community Foundation has created a timeline for nonprofits to complete their profiles and for notification of further steps in the grant application process for general operating support. Additional dates and timelines for specific grant programs will be updated frequently on the Foundation’s website.

About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting donors, nonprofits and community leaders to strengthen the 23-county Atlanta region through philanthropy. As a top 20 community foundation nationally with $920 million in current assets, Georgia’s second largest foundation exists to connect the passions of donors with the purposes nonprofits strive to improve. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $113 million from donors in 2015 (unaudited) and distributed more than $139 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. For more information, visit: www.cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation via Facebook and Twitter.

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