Current Initiatives

From inception to design, funding, duration and target, each community initiative is unique.

Beyond Grantmaking

Most people know the Foundation as a source of funds. But we’re also a catalyst. A partner. A convener. A knowledge broker. With our grantmaking programs and initiatives, we fill unique gaps in the community that no other entity addresses—all to create effective, long-term responses to emerging community issues in the Greater Atlanta region. We are a hub for philanthropists, nonprofits and community leaders to come together to collaborate and explore ways to work together.

Here are just some of the initiatives we’re bringing to life in the Atlanta area:

A Place to Perform provides grants to nonprofit arts organizations to assist them in gaining access to performance venues, so they can produce performing arts experiences for the public. Made possible by a gift from the Woodruff Arts Center after the 2014 sale of Atlanta’s 14th Street Playhouse, A Place to Perform continues to support the spirit of the original venue by ensuring performing arts organizations have access to performing venues and facilities. Peek Behind the Curtain
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
The Community Foundation is proud to have been an early supporter of HIV/AIDS initiatives, making our first grant to the cause in 1981. Despite tremendous progress since that time, the challenges of HIV/AIDS still remain, particularly in our Atlanta region. The Atlanta AIDS Fund was created in 1991 to support metro Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS advocacy, prevention education and service efforts through funding and leadership. See the Revolution in Action
Public art located throughout Atlanta is an enduring legacy of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The Atlanta Public Arts Legacy fund was established in 1997 as a mechanism to assure appropriate ongoing care and to provide education and advocacy services for public art in the city. Its charge is to conserve and maintain public artworks and monuments at 19 sites featuring nearly 100 works created by 42 artists in downtown Atlanta. For All of Us
In July 2018, the Community Foundation launched a partnership with Catchafire to offer approximately 350 local organizations access to an online platform that connects nonprofits with skilled volunteers on everything from retreat planning, membership strategy, graphic design projects to data collection planning, Salesforce training and proposal letter creation. Projects range from one-hour phone calls to projects that take several weeks to complete. Help your team go further
Since 2013, the Foundation has offered the Civic Engagement Fund, a funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations implementing civic engagement strategies. From community education and training, to research, discussion and debate, the Foundation’s Civic Engagement Fund supports the broad range of activities that can advance public will. Get Engaged
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 dollars in grants across a variety of city- and state-wide educational efforts. Learn Together
All too often, nonprofits make sacrifices in order to accommodate more pressing, mission-driven needs. That’s why Extra Wish matches the “wishes” of nonprofit organizations with donors interested in making a contribution. This unique giving opportunity provides monetary and in-kind contributions of tangible goods or infrastructure (not services or staff) that contribute in a clear way to the success of organizations and the people they serve. Practical Makes Perfect
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.
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—including Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Atlanta AIDS Fund and the Common Good Fund. Think Generally
The GoATL Fund is designed to accelerate positive social outcomes in our community through impact investing – innovative capital to support nonprofits, social-purpose for-profits and other solution providers working to address our region’s most critical needs. Learn more
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.
A Lifetime of Learning
Made up of diverse, concerned and passionate individuals united for collective impact, the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering at-risk youth of color in metro Atlanta.
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Learn4Life (L4L) is the Metro Atlanta Regional Education Partnership, a collaborative effort that brings together school systems, local communities, business 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. All in for Education
The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund provides strategic funds for arts organizations—all to support and strengthen arts organizations so that they may attract, serve and build audiences across the Atlanta region. Since 1993, the Arts Fund has supported 95 unique arts organizations with general operating support grants totaling $12 million. Express Yourself
Neighborhood Fund builds upon grassroots ideas, energy and passion to empower community members to improve their neighborhoods. Since 1991, more than 700 neighborhood projects have received an estimated $3,000,000 in grants and technical assistance to support community organizing, neighborhood gardens, youth fitness activities, cultural events and more. Go Local
Neighborhood Nexus is an online community intelligence system that empowers metro Atlantans to make informed decisions that transform lives and effectively utilize resources in the region. Neighborhood Nexus offers accurate, up-to-date, data aggregated from national, regional and state resources in one place—making vast amounts of data usable through analytic tools that deliver localized insights, geographic comparisons and trends. Crunch the Numbers
The Community Foundation promises to invest in the region’s nonprofits with management and financial resources that equip them to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs. These consulting awards help nonprofits to function better, smarter and more efficiently. Get the Tools You Need
Parent Leaders United for Students (PLUS) is an initiative powered by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Its goal is 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.
The Foundation’s Strategic Restructuring Fund provides funds as well as management consulting services to support nonprofits as they assess, negotiate, design and/or implement substantive strategic restructuring efforts—all to promote more effective operations and high-performing programs based on community needs and assets. Celebrate Change