Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has granted $60.8 million to Atlanta nonprofits year-to-date

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ATLANTA – November 17, 2017 – Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announces $60.8 million in grants to nonprofits year-to-date. Of that, $2.4 million in competitive grants have been awarded to 38 nonprofit organizations in the Foundation’s most recent competitive grant cycle. In addition to these competitive grants, the Community Foundation has also awarded $58.4 million in grants to nonprofits through donor-advised funds from members of the Foundation’s philanthropic family.

The Foundation’s competitive grants go toward general operating support for the nonprofit recipients to use at their discretion to fulfill their missions. Nonprofits complete a rigorous, six-month process that includes a full application, review and site visit prior to being awarded a competitive grant. Grants have been awarded to well-established organizations as well as newer nonprofits that are just hitting their stride by tackling innovative solutions to our region’s challenges.

“General operating support is the missing fuel for nonprofits,” said Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “Our thorough competitive grantmaking cycle is supplemented many times over through donor-advised grants thanks to the generous philanthropists that continue to boost our region. Now, in this season of giving, is when we see that generosity continue to grow even more.”

The $2.4 million in competitive grants awarded support four of the Community Foundation’s Impact Areas: arts, community development, education and well-being. The Foundation also awarded place-based grants in two counties through its Spark Clayton and Spark Morgan funds.

“For nonprofits, unrestricted, general operating support funds can be the hardest to raise, as many grants are restricted to use only for specific programs or projects,” said Lita Pardi, director, resource deployment for the Community Foundation. “Feedback we consistently get from nonprofits indicates that they see an operating support grant from the Community Foundation as a seal of approval for their mission and vision. Some nonprofits also tell us they use our rigorous application process as an opportunity to review their internal practices to analyze what they’re doing right and where they need to strengthen.”

A breakdown of competitive grants follows. (* indicates that grant will be paid out over a two-year period)

Grants supporting the arts:

These grants are provided to small and midsized arts organization to achieve their mission.

Actor’s Express: $150,000*
Atlanta Chamber Players: $21,000
Georgia Symphony Orchestra: $84,000*
Gwinnett Council for the Arts: $150,000*
Morgan County Foundation, Inc: $62,400
Moving in the Spirit: $150,000*
Seven Stages, Inc: $52,600
Steffen Thomas Museum & Archives: $32,000*
Synchronicity Performance Group, Inc: $136,000*
Theatrical Outfit, Inc: $150,000*

Grants supporting community development:

These grants are provided to nonprofits that focus on advocating for equitable economic growth, strong civic growth and safe, sustainable communities.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice: $15,000
Georgia Appleseed: $100,000*
Mercy Housing Southeast: $75,000
Quest Community Development Organization: $100,000*

Grants supporting education:

These grants are provided to nonprofits that focus on improving outcomes and expanding opportunities for all learners across the education spectrum.

Agape Community Center: $75,000
Lekotek of Georgia: $70,000*
The Scholarship Academy: $30,000*
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta: $125,000*

Grants supporting well-being:

These grants are provided to nonprofits that aim to ensure a healthy region where all residents have access to quality health care and nutritious food.

Atlanta Community Food Bank Inc: $75,000
Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center: $35,635
Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc: $20,000
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc: $67,338*
Jewish Family & Career Services: $50,000
Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta: $75,000
Southwest Christian Hospice and Hope House, Inc: $108,000*

Grants supporting well-being through the Atlanta AIDS Fund:

These grants are provided to HIV/AIDS-service organizations. The Atlanta AIDS Fund is a partnership between the Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Atlanta, Jeffrey Fashion Cares and the Allen Thornell HIV Care and Service Fund.

Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition: $25,000
HIV/AIDS Empowerment Resource Center for Young Women, Inc: $50,000
Jerusalem House: $55,000
Living Room: $55,000
Open Hand Atlanta: $60,000
Positive Impact Health Centers, Inc: $60,000
Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, Inc: $50,000

Grants supporting Clayton County nonprofits through Spark Clayton:

Funding for grants in Clayton County comes from both local fundraising and guidance, and matching funds from the Community Foundation.

Arts Clayton: $5,000
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity: $5,000

Grants supporting Morgan County nonprofits through Spark Morgan:

Funding for grants in Morgan County comes from both local fundraising and guidance, and matching funds from the Community Foundation.

Action Ministries: $5,000
Boys and Girls Club of North Central Georgia: $7,500
Ferst Foundation: $5,000
Rainbow Community Center: $10,000

The Community Foundation’s investments in the region, by way of both competitive grantmaking and donor-advised fund grants, support robust, sustainable nonprofits as well as those that are innovative and hold great promise. Nonprofits interested in applying for grants should visit to create an organizational profile and learn more about upcoming grant opportunities, or call 404.688.5525 for more information.


About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 66 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with approximately $955 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $135 million from donors in 2016 and distributed more than $125 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Louise Mulherin, 404.405.1070