Reflecting on the accomplishments of some 2018 grant recipients

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Here at the Community Foundation, our Community team spends the last weeks of the year studying end-of-grant reports and checking in with grant recipients to learn about accomplishments and hurdles. We’re so proud of everything these nonprofits have accomplished. While there are more highlights than we can possibly list, we compiled a list of 10 accomplishments (in no particular order) that we found noteworthy. While many of these exciting projects were funded by the Community Foundation, many were not. Regardless of the funding source, we found this work to be especially innovative and impactful.

  • WABE offered a crash course on state government in January.
  • Wake Up, Atlanta launched its second season with the aim of increasing Asian American voter turnout in the Governor’s race.
  • Actor’s Express introduced QueerLit, an arts showcase that promotes central themes including queerness. The showcase features local artists daring to push beyond the conventional limits of art making. From poets and musicians to henna artists, QueerLit is a space for artists to grow in an affirming environment. QueerLit builds on Actor’s Express’ commitment to nurturing emerging artists and working with partner curators introduced a new cross-section of diverse artists and arts enthusiasts to the theatre.
  • Bobby Dodd Institute and All About Disabilities merged to optimize services for their constituents.
  • Foundation Center brought together 20 executive directors for a Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle, a six-month intensive training and executive coaching program.
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies launched its Building Perinatal Support Professionals Project (BPSP), which provided scholarships to twenty metro-Atlanta women to become credentialed childbirth educators and doulas. Of those 20 women, 13 are pursuing credentials for Doula certification and seven are pursuing credentials for certification as a Childbirth Educator. The cohort is set to graduate in June 2019. As of 2017, there were only 50 certified doulas (DONA) and 37 certified childbirth educators (ICEA/CAPPA) in Georgia. Moreover, Medicaid women are less likely to be able to access these services, which are proven to improve birth outcomes.
  • Action Ministries launched Zelena, the Smart Kid alongside its summer lunch distribution. With support from the SunTrust Foundation, Action Ministries created a financial literacy curriculum targeted at third-grade level to teach children how to make smart saving decisions early in life. This curriculum, which consists of a storybook, a calendar and activity workbooks, will be distributed to 5,000 children between 2018-2020.
  • Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives, dba Steffen Thomas Museum of Art partnered with Morgan County African American Museum to present Celebrating Black History Month: 5 PERSPECTIVES, an exhibition by five of Georgia’s most contemporary artists from the African American community. Dual openings were held at each museum on January 14. Each artist used his or her medium to tell their story of being an African American in today’s culture & how the past influences it. The exhibition brought in new audiences and encouraged conversations about racial issues.
  • Meals on Wheels Atlanta launched Purposeful Pecans. Over the last several years, Meals On Wheels Atlanta (MOWA) has been exploring the idea of starting a social enterprise as a sustainable source of revenue for our organization. This year, that idea came to fruition with the launch of a candied pecan business called Purposeful Pecans, the proceeds of which help fund meals for seniors in need. MOWA prepares and packages candied pecans during off-hours in its commercial kitchen and sells them on its website, at farmers markets and local retailers, and to hospitality venues. The proceeds from Purposeful Pecans will support MOWA’s mission-related senior support services.
  • Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta installed solar panels on its main campus, which is projected to result in a 30 percent reduction in its power bill, or $6,900 in savings annually.