Community Foundation awards more than $1.9 million to nonprofits

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Competitive grantmaking process recognizes effective organizations

ATLANTA – November 6, 2019 – In conjunction with the annual National Philanthropy Day celebration, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announces awarding more than $1.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the metro region. Grants were awarded through the Foundation’s General Operating Support program after a rigorous competitive process and provide funding to nonprofits that are most effective in their work addressing the region’s biggest challenges. A total of $1,903,000 was awarded to 21 organizations.

General operating support grants are flexible, allowing nonprofits to determine where the funding can have the greatest impact for their organization. Organizations use these funds to invest in themselves: adding expertise to staff, underwriting facilities expenses or purchasing program supplies, all things that contribute to the organizations’ impact.

These competitive grants supplement the more than $100 million in annual donor-advised grants from Community Foundation donors that support thousands of organizations from our region, throughout the U.S. and across the globe. In 2018, the Foundation awarded $128 million in funding to 10,100 nonprofits, with 83 percent of that funding remaining here in the 23-county metro region.

Funding for these annual competitive grants comes from the Community Foundation’s endowment funds, made possible by donors who gave generously to allow the Foundation to steward resources to nonprofits in perpetuity. Donors who established these endowed funds include Catherine Arnold and Sara Horne Smith.

“Throughout our history the Community Foundation has been at the forefront of responding to our region’s greatest challenges, and today that challenge is two-fold: our position as the leading city in the U.S. for income inequality, and the reality that our region has one of the country’s fastest growing rates for suburbanization of poverty,” said Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “For our competitive grantmaking we aim to support nonprofits that are working most effectively to build a more equitable region where all of our neighbors have the opportunity to thrive.”

Grants are awarded to nonprofits in sectors including the arts, community development, education and well-being. This grant cycle supports a diverse cross section of the Atlanta region’s nonprofits, awarding funding to organizations that represent a broad range in budget, impact and services. Awarded organizations have annual budgets spanning from $250,000 to more than $22 million.

“These grant recipients truly represent best practices in nonprofits across our region, from effective financial management to strong and impactful programs,” said Lita Pardi, director of resource deployment, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “A total of 217 eligible organizations applied for funding which necessitates a comprehensive process of analyzing nonprofits to ensure that the funding we have for these grants is going to have the greatest return for our region.”

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

Grants supporting the arts:

These grants are awarded to small and midsized arts organizations that help to build a dynamic arts ecology to ensure all residents have access to high-quality cultural experiences and diverse artistic programs.

Arts Clayton.: $100,000*
C4 Atlanta: $50,000*
Cultural Arts Council Douglasville Douglas County: $48,000*
Dad’s Garage: $100,000*
Out of Hand Theater: $53,000*

Grants supporting community development:

These grants are awarded to nonprofits that advocate for equitable economic growth, strong civic health and safe, sustainable communities.

Georgia Justice Project: $150,000*
Global Growers Network: $80,000*
Hope Atlanta: $130,000*

Grants supporting education:

These grants are awarded to nonprofits that improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners across the education spectrum.

Future Foundation: $100,000*
Greening Youth Foundation: $40,000
Literacy Action: $125,000*
Partners Advancing Student Success (previously known as Communities In Schools of Carrollton City and Carroll County): $67,000*

Grants supporting well-being:

These grants are awarded to nonprofits that ensure a healthy, safe and engaged region, where all residents have access to quality health care and nutritious food.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta: $100,000*
Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocates: $75,000
Goshen Valley Foundation: $110,000*
Whitefoord (Meridian Education Resource Group): $150,000*

Grants supporting well-being through the Atlanta AIDS Fund:

These grants support metro Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS advocacy, prevention education and service efforts through funding and leadership.

Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition: $37,000
Empowerment Resource Center (HIV/AIDS Empowerment Resource Center for Young Women): $101,500*
Jerusalem House: $101,500*
Positive Impact Health Centers: $126,000*
Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services: $59,000

Nonprofits interested in applying for grants should visit to create an organizational profile and learn more about upcoming grant opportunities and deadlines.

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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 nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation leads and inspires philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation, among 750 nationally, with more than $1 billion in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality donor services and bold, innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $162 million from donors in 2018 and distributed more than $128 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2018 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction, putting the Foundation among the top 10 highest-rated community foundations. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

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