Community Impact

Ensuring opportunity for ALL in the Atlanta region

The power of philanthropy

Since 1951, the Community Foundation has led the way in grantmaking programs and community initiatives. But, when it comes to putting the power of philanthropy to work for the people of the 23-county region, grantmaking is only part of the picture. Because we’ve learned that success starts by listening. Learning. Leaning in close to discover the issues affecting our communities.

Look around the greater Atlanta region, and you’ll see our impact—including measurable progress on critical issues like foster care, interfaith and multicultural connections, grassroots organizing and HIV/AIDS. But we’re only getting started. Because for one of us to thrive, we ALL need to thrive.

Our region will see even greater growth when all residents can learn, work, civically engage and contribute to a healthy, just, thriving and prosperous community.

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Impact Facts

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The opportunity

Metro Atlanta is a region rich with accomplishment and promise. Yet no matter how smart, how filled with the desire to succeed or how hard they work, most children born in Atlanta’s poorest communities will not be able to advance beyond their current social and economic status. See the data and read the stories on our measures page here.

As the region’s preeminent philanthropic institution, the Community Foundation is uniquely poised to inspire philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents.

The Foundation has committed to three pillars upon which to ground our work to increase economic and social mobility in our 23-county region: prosperous people, focused on educational and vocational pathways for individuals, including early childhood education, post secondary completion and career preparation and access; strong families, focused on supporting families of all shapes and sizes to live healthy, fulfilled lives; and thriving communities, which includes a commitment to strengthening civic voice and increasing affordable housing, transportation access and environmental justice.


Areas of Impact

No matter where your passion lies—the arts, community development, education, nonprofit effectiveness or well-being—the Community Foundation is committed to helping donors discover the charitable giving options that strengthen our communities and celebrate the joy of giving.

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Current Initiatives

At the Community Foundation, we’re actively involved in a wide range of initiatives. These initiatives bring together diverse individuals and groups with specialized expertise to collaborate on a common issue. Together, we create innovative and impactful approaches and solutions.

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At the Community Foundation, we’re passionate about learning. Scholarships allow our donors to invest in the future by helping deserving students pursue higher education. Students benefit from the financial assistance as well as the academic recognition of being a scholarship recipient.

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Unrestricted Operating Fund

Over the last 65 years, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $1.5 billion in funding. We’ve built the reputation, relationships and the credibility to drive philanthropy for our region. But taking on the big, hard issues that our region must solve requires even more resources.

In order to maximize our impact, we depend on the continued generosity of donors like you to help us do even more for our community.

The Unrestricted Operating Fund is flexible. It allows us to operate at high efficiency, and to react quickly to the changing needs of our communities.

Your gift to the Unrestricted Operating Fund is an investment in your community foundation. By supporting this fund, you help us continue to nurture nonprofits, forge strong and strategic partnerships and fortify a more equitable region for all Atlanta area residents. Because, when we all come together, we become something more. Something bigger. Something we all can be proud to be a part of.

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Recent Grants and Support

We believe that one of the best ways to improve our community is by strengthening nonprofits doing smart, innovative work. Take a look at some grants and support the Community Foundation has provided recently to deserving nonprofits in our region.

2019 A Place to Perform grantees include:

Dance Canvas: $7,500
Moving in the Spirit: $6,402
Terminus Modern Ballet: $7,500
Theatre du Reve: $6,500

2019 Atlanta AIDS Fund grant recipients include:

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

* indicates that grant will be paid out over a two-year period

The Community Foundation focused our 2019 Civic Engagement Fund grantmaking on the 2020 Census and  awarded $212,500 to 11 nonprofits, including these organizations:

  • Cobb Collaborative to fund personnel, marketing and communications efforts in this network of 100 nonprofit, educational, faith, civic and for-profits – for network develop a Census tracking plan that will target populations
  • DeKalb Library Foundation to support efforts at nine DeKalb County Public Libraries in hard-to-count communities with outreach sessions, technology and dedicated census stations and marketing materials/signage
  • Georgia STAND-UP for a community education campaign in Clayton and Fulton counties
  • Latin American Association to encourage low-income immigrant families in Hall and Walton counties to participate in the 2020 Census
  • Los Ninos Primero to enable trained Latino parents to outreach to hard-to-count immigrant families in Fulton and Cherokee counties
  • NAACP Atlanta to support outreach and participation in hard-to-count communities in the city of Atlanta/Fulton county
  • New American Pathways to support the Refugees Count project to increase refugee and immigrant engagement in the 2020 Census
  • The Arc Georgia to fund inclusive events and accessible literature to individuals with disabilities in hard-to-count communities
  • Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative Inc. (WABE 90.1 FM) for reporting, online content and community event series
  • Wake-Up Atlanta to support for season 3 of the web-series focused on 2020 Census to reach Asian Americans in Georgia
  • Youth Empowered Solutions! to fund youth-led (adult-guided) census campaign focused on outreach in Southwest Atlanta
General operating support provides nonprofits with unrestricted grants—that is, funding to sustain and support operations and programs across our five impact areas. Our General Operating Support programs include the Atlanta AIDS Fund, the Common Good Fund and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Many of our general operating support grants are provided from the Common Good Fund—a pool of funds given by the Foundation’s donors and through bequests to support critical community issues in the 23-county region.

2019 General Operating Support – Community Development grant recipients include:

Georgia Justice Project: $150,000*
Global Growers Network: $80,000*
Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta (DBA Hope Atlanta): $130,000*

2019 General Operating Support – Education grant recipients include:

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*

2019 General Operating Support – Well-being grant recipients include:

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*

(* indicates that grant will be paid out over a two-year period

2018-2019 Investments from GoATL Fund
Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership: $750,000
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs: $500,000
Enterprise Community Partners: $1 million
Reinvestment Fund: $1 million
2019 Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund grant recipients include:

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*


* indicates that grant will be paid out over a two-year period

The Board of Directors Community Committee was established and designated to oversee competitive and donor-advised grantmaking and assessment of impact for the Foundation’s community programs and initiatives. They also provide oversight of Foundation volunteer and board engagement, analysis of community trends and priorities for Foundation response and serve as ambassadors and advocates in the region.

Committee members:

  • Patrice Greer, Chair
  • Sivan Hines, Co-Chair
  • Peter Berg
  • Susan Grant, ex officio
  • Doug Hooker, ex officio
  • Wonya Lucas
  • M Von N’Kosi
  • Ivan Pulinkala, Ed.D.
  • Ramon Tomé