Improving outcomes and expanding opportunities for learners all across the education spectrum—and our region.

Unlock the Doors of Opportunity

The metro Atlanta region has some of the poorest educational outcomes for children—and adults—in the nation. Our educational institutions and programs face numerous challenges: densely populated areas marked by high concentrations of poverty; dramatic racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity; public disinvestment; and declining community and parental support. These challenges contribute to the huge gap in academic achievement between the rich and the poor, evidenced in our country and particularly in our region.

At the Community Foundation, we know that children thrive academically when they’re surrounded by a web of individual, family and neighborhood support that includes parental education and involvement, as well as quality nutrition, stable housing, access to health services and community safety. That’s why the Foundation is advancing long-term, collaborative and comprehensive efforts including traditional and innovative approaches, quality early childhood and youth development programming, individual student support and scholarships, parent involvement and employment preparation and training.

Because lifelong learning begins well before a child sets foot in a classroom and continues long after a cap-and-gown commencement.

We’ll measure progress by tracking:

  • Percentage of children ready for kindergarten
  • Rate of school attendance
  • Percentage of students graduating high school on time
  • Percentage of students completing postsecondary education
Georgia teens
are neither in school nor working
granted in 2014/15 to support education and youth development

Beyond Grantmaking

Achieve Atlanta will dramatically increase the number of Atlanta Public Schools students graduating from college. Through partnerships with direct-service organizations, institutions of higher education and key players in the college success community, Achieve Atlanta devotes special attention to low-income students and students who will be among the first in their families to attend college. Reach Higher
More than 14 local and national foundations have come together to establish a donor-advised fund at the Foundation to support shared learning and collaborative grantmaking in education. In 2014/15, the Collaborative committed $3.3 million in grants across a variety of city- and state-wide educational efforts.
A General Operating Support (GOS) grant provides a nonprofit with unrestricted funding to help support and maintain the organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives grantees the ability to use the funds where they’re most appropriate. Several of the Community Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs are focused on providing general operating support. Think Generally
Inspired by the lifetime legacy of giving of David and Frances Brain, the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund supports nonprofits that benefit enhance the well-being of individuals living in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, with a focus on primary needs and underserved communities. Celebrate Legacy
In 2014, a donor approached the Foundation with a particular passion: increasing awareness and funding around the issue of family literacy. This approach involves parents (or caretakers) learning alongside their children outside of a traditional school setting, so that learning becomes a lifelong process. The program focuses on driving alliances, awareness and advocacy around the issue of family literacy.
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Learn4Life (L4L) is the Metro Atlanta Regional Education Partnership, a collaborative effort that brings together school systems, local communities, businesses and nonprofits to improve education outcomes based on common goals and shared benchmarks. The program seeks to improve workforce readiness and student achievement using a data-driven, collective impact approach. Driven by the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation, Learn4Life includes the presence and participation of six school superintendents—Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and City of Atlanta—as well as a broad coalition of the private, public and civic sectors. Learn4Life is currently establishing benchmarks to ensure student success by consistently tracking population-level impact.
Parent Leaders United for Students (PLUS) was a pilot initiative powered by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Its goal was to strengthen the voice of parents and community leaders in order to engage and empower Atlanta’s public schools to become a beacon of academic success. PLUS unites the efforts of parents, caregivers, teachers and school leaders to transform our schools and improve student outcomes. Add It Up
At the Community Foundation, we’re passionate about learning. After all, 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. Build Strong Foundations
The Spark Opportunity Giving Circle brings together Community Foundation donors to deepen their understanding and commitment to closing the stark income and opportunity disparities in our region. Spark Change.

For More Information About Enhancing Educational Outcomes, Please Contact:

Lesley Grady
Senior Vice President, Community

Vanessa Meyer
Program Officer