Community Impact

This is it: The place where the passion and the purpose connect.

Where It All Happens

Since 1951, the Community Foundation has led the way in grantmaking programs and initiatives. But, when it comes to putting the power of philanthropy to work for the people of the 23-county area, grantmaking is only part of the picture. Because, in 65+ years of service, 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 the Foundation’s 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, together with the ideas and resources of passionate people like you, we can create joy that will impact our communities now, and for generations to come.

Take a Journey of Joy

Impact Facts

nonprofit organizations received grants in 2016
years of HIV/AIDS advocacy and education
arts organizations supported through the metropolitan atlanta arts fund

How Initiatives Work


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.

2017 Atlanta AIDS Fund grantees include:

Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition: $25,000
HIV/AIDS Empowerment Resource Center for Young Women, Inc: $50,000
Jerusalem House: $55,000
Living Room: $55,000
Open Hand Atlanta: $60,000
Positive Impact Health Centers, Inc: $60,000
Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, Inc: $50,000

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.

2017 General Operating Support – Community Development grantees include:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice: $15,000
Georgia Appleseed: $100,000
Mercy Housing Southeast: $75,000
Quest Community Development Organization: $100,000

2017 General Operating Support – Education grantees include:

Agape Community Center: $75,000
Lekotek of Georgia: $70,000
The Scholarship Academy: $30,000
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta: $125,000

2017 General Operating Support – Well-Being grantees include:

Atlanta Community Food Bank Inc: $75,000
Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center: $35,635
Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc: $20,000
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc: $67,338
Jewish Family & Career Services: $50,000
Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta: $75,000
Southwest Christian Hospice and Hope House, Inc: $108,000

2017 Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund grantees include:

Actor’s Express: $150,000
Atlanta Chamber Players: $21,000
Georgia Symphony Orchestra: $84,000
Gwinnett Council for the Arts: $150,000
Morgan County Foundation, Inc: $62,400
Moving in the Spirit: $150,000
Seven Stages, Inc: $52,600
Steffen Thomas Museum & Archives: $32,000
Synchronicity Performance Group, Inc: $136,000
Theatrical Outfit, Inc: $150,000

2017 Spark Clayton! grantees include:

Arts Clayton: $5,000
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity: $5,000

2017 Spark Morgan! grantees include:

Action Ministries: $5,000
Boys and Girls Club of North Central GA: $7,500
Ferst Foundation: $5,000
Rainbow Community Center: $10,000

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:

  • Sivan Hines, Committee Chair
  • Katy Barksdale, The Rockdale Foundation
  • Keith Evans, Westminster
  • Susan Grant
  • Patrice Greer
  • M. Von N’Kosi, Liquid Studios
  • Ivan Pulinkala
  • Teresa Rivero, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Joan King Salwen
  • Ramone Tomé, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Gregory Vaughn


  • John C. Reid, Community Foundation Board Chair