Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle

Banding together for impact

In 2013, a group of successful next generation professionals decided to make good happen together. As dedicated philanthropists, they realized that they could make an even greater impact by uniting and formalizing their philanthropic efforts. Initially made up of 29 diverse, concerned and passionate individuals, the group was named the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle after their inspiration: social activist Audre Lorde and civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.

By pooling resources, the philanthropic founders of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle support nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering at-risk youth in metro Atlanta, including Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett and Henry counties. The giving circle focuses on increasing literacy among children of color and supporting LGBTQ youth of color. Grant funds are raised through individual donations, events and activities. In 2016, the group received a $50,000 matching grant from Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ Out in the South Fund. In 2017, the Lorde Rustin Giving Circle received an additional $50,000.

For more information about the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle, please contact:

Jill Clark
Philanthropic Associate


To date, the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle has distributed nearly $150,000 in grants to Atlanta nonprofits serving at-risk youth.

These grants drive healing and transformation. In 2016, CHRIS 180 received a grant to support LGBTQ youth of color, one of whom was a young man who was homeless for 14 months. His parents kicked him out of the family home after he told them he was gay during his senior year of high school. After a year in CHRIS 180’s transitional living program, he is a Certified Peer Specialist (a paid position), and is pursuing his college degree at Georgia Perimeter College.


The Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle is not currently accepting applications. Please join the Community Foundation’s email list to learn about future funding opportunities.

Todd Greene on
Create Your Dreams

Todd Greene of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle talks about Create Your Dreams and how a group of Create Your Dreams alumni was inspired to start their own giving circle.

Clifford Tyree on
I Know I Can

Clifford Tyree of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle talks about continuing the legacy of philanthropy his father started with I Know I Can.

The Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle is:

  • Delanor Doyle
  • Todd Greene
  • Adante Harvey
  • Ricky Harris
  • Anita Haugabrook
  • Russell Jolivet
  • Naomi Kirkman-Bey
  • Kim Kuncl
  • Ursula McNeill
  • Richard Moultrie
  • Tracey Scott
  • John Spaulding
  • Dave Summers
  • Clifford Tyree
  • Jeffrey Weddington