From Terry Mazany, senior vice president for philanthropy
We live in a time of massive and accelerating change unlike any other time in human history. The challenges are great, but so are the opportunities – if we work together.
When tackling these enormous challenges there is an adage that “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Most of us lack the resources of the big names in philanthropy, but together we can combine our knowledge of the community and its needs, with our resources to meet those needs.
This is the genesis of the original idea that gave rise to community foundations: communities are stronger when they come together and work together. The collective might of donors working individually or together toward common goals makes our community stronger.
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s mission is to help our donors make a difference through their philanthropy. We offer expertise across five areas of impact (arts, community development, education, nonprofit effectiveness and well-being) and we provide a range of options to co-invest with the Foundation’s grantmaking, from an Extra Wish that meets immediate needs, to a portfolio of high-performing nonprofit organizations that are making a measurable difference in each of these impact areas, to longer-term strategies such as neighborhood development.
We welcome your ideas for how we can work together to improve our region. Got an idea? Let’s talk. Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story originally appeared in The Giving Life, our printed newsletter.