At The Community Foundation, we believe that the well-being of each person in our 23-county region is connected to that of every other. And so, we work with individuals and institutions to address critical issues that are best tackled through collaboration with multiple partners and key players.
While many in the region know The Community Foundation for our grantmaking programs, we play a wide variety of roles in creating long-term solutions to community challenges. In our efforts to advance public will, we serve as a partner, catalyst, convener and knowledge broker. The roles we play are as varied as the needs of our Atlanta region but they each start with the premise that communities are built, improved and strengthened by the people who live in them.
Through our various initiatives, we bring together community leadership and resources around a critical issue. In many cases, these programs fill unique funding gaps in the community that no other entity addresses. Current initiatives of The Community Foundation address such issues as HIV/AIDS, arts and culture, community development, environmental sustainability and information access. Learn more.
To identify gaps and opportunities for greater impact, our Board and staff rely on careful analysis of research and data on community trends and issues, as well as frequent convenings of nonprofit professionals and civic leaders. The response may be focused attention on an issue for three to five years or a long-term initiative may develop. Whether long or short-term, the goal is the same – bringing groups together to work with each other on a common solution.
Motivated by a growing interest of donor advisors at The Community Foundation, we began efforts in 2012 to explore the needs of veterans in our community and programs available to support these areas.