Veterans Funding



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. Through conversations with nonprofits and funders and analysis of current research, we have gained extensive knowledge of this population group. Our work continues to develop strategies to be a resource for donors interested in learning more about our veteran neighbors and how to support the needs of this growing population.

In 2010, veterans in Georgia totaled 773,858 or approximately eight percent of the population. There are approximately 216,000 veterans who reside in metro Atlanta. Veterans across the country and in metro Atlanta deal with a host of challenges. More than half have experienced homelessness, unemployment and mental and physical health challenges since returning transitioning to civilian life.  

In Georgia, there are approximately 146 nonprofits organizations who serve the veteran population. Roughly 20 percent are specifically veteran-focused organizations and 80 percent work with veterans as a component of their overall service offerings. A 2012 survey by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits found veteran service area breakdowns include: housing/shelter (33.8%), human services (19.1%), health institutions and services (16.2%), mental health/crisis intervention (11.8%), and employment (10.3%). 




Federal Funding Presentation, 2/24/14: Clare Richie, DeClare Consulting LLC
Executive Summary
PowerPoint Presentation

Federal Funds Veterans Chart
Click here to see examples of how federal funds reach veterans

State and Federal Funds for Georgia Veterans and their Dependants
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Veterans-serving Organizations: Opportunities for Funding
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Veterans Briefing: Community Needs and Funding Opportunities
On March 12, 2013, The Community Foundatin held a briefing for donors on issues facing veterans, featuring Thomas Meyer, program manager of The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Veterans Services Program.  Sponsored by the Kendeda Fund, the event was designed to help funders learn more about veterans’ issues being addressed nationwide, and particularly to understand the metro Atlanta landscape.    
Donor Reports Available:
We have developed reports for donors interested in support local needs. The following are nonprofits that have been reviewed and reported by The Community Foundation. Please contact your philanthropic advisor to receive a copy of these reports: 

  • General Interest report: Veterans-serving local organizations
  • Wounded Warrior Project 
  • Disabled American Veterans 
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America 
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars 

Additional Reports Available:

Georgia Center for Nonprofits Metro Atlanta Veterans Services Report*
The Metro Atlanta Veterans’ Services Research Project is the first comprehensive Metro Atlanta-focused research project designed to help the philanthropic, business, government and nonprofit  communities understand how to best support and service the veteran community in Metro Atlanta. *Members of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits can access the report on the GCN website. Donors can request a copy of the report from their philanthropic advisor.
Click here to access the report.

Supporting Our Troops, Veterans and Their Families
California Community Foundation 
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The Philanthropy Roundtable (Summary of Veterans Work)
Thomas Meyer’s book Serving Those Who Served
Click here to access the report.

**Attention Nonprofits**:

If you are interested in sharing information with our donors regarding your organization's services and programs for veterans, please do so by downloading and completing this Organization Information Form. We will include the information you provide in our 2014 Veterans Funding Opportunities packet for interested donors.

You may submit your completed form to Rachel Zieleniec, program associate, at



2013 Annual Report


Recently released, our 2013 Annual Report is a guide for philanthropists, nonprofits and community leaders interested in improving the quality of life in metro Atlanta. Last year, The Community Foundation distributed more than $134 million in grants and support to nonprofits and received more than $198 million from donors and funders. Click here to view. We hope this report will help you along whatever philanthropic journey you choose to take.

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