Photo: Child reading at Sheltering Arms
Civic engagement drives action on the region’s most pressing needs. Civic participation creates a stronger sense of our individual and collective stake in community life. One of our most valued rights as U.S. citizens is our ability to vote, creating community vitality activity the Community Foundation values.
On October 15, 2018, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta received a $70,000 anonymous donation to support organizations working on voter engagement for the upcoming and future elections. Our Community Team worked quickly to identify nonprofits with get-out-the-vote efforts in place that could benefit from added funding as Election Day nears.
The intent behind these non-partisan grants is to support person-to-person get-out-the-vote activities through November 6. This election will decide Georgia’s governor, lieutenant governor, other key statewide offices, state legislators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Through these efforts, nonprofits are partnering with or represent trusted voices such as congregations, community centers and child care centers.
Organizations receiving grants for get-out-the-vote efforts include:
9to5 Georgia: Grant will pilot text messaging to target precincts in the City of Atlanta to increase voter turnout.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta: Grant will fund translation materials and rides to the polls.
Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE): Grant will support hiring new canvassers to provide grassroots outreach for registered voters to make their voices heard.
C4 Atlanta: Grant will support their citizen invitation project, Vote With Your heART, to engage voters under age 35 and artists, supporters of the arts or creative hobbyists.
Clarkston Community Center: Grant will support localized voter turnout efforts.
Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) Community Development Fund: Grant will boost canvassing, phone bank and media outreach to targeted voters.
ProGeorgia: Grant supports expansion of text messaging and phone bank efforts.
Sheltering Arms: Grant will support free extended care and a nutritious dinner on Election Day for children enrolled in their 15 care centers, providing parents and caregivers the opportunity to vote after work, as needed.
In all of its civic engagement and policy activity, the Community Foundation is nonpartisan and apolitical, serving as an information and engagement resource.