The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta fulfills the passions of donors by investing in our region through grantmaking, partnerships and advocacy. To create meaningful, lasting change, our efforts align via measurable objectives through focused “Impact Areas.” We practice what we preach – evolving beyond grantmaking strategies and industry jargon to real, tangible impact. Beginning in 2016, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta will focus on five impact areas.
The Community Foundation chose these impact areas because our research shows that this is where the region’s greatest needs exist. With our knowledge of the nearly 5,000 nonprofits across the region, we leverage our strength in identifying the organizations that best address that need. From there, we match the passions of our donors with the purposes of these nonprofits working in these impact areas, and together, we achieve more.
These five impact areas are our promise to the 23-county region - that in partnership with our donors, nonprofits and collaborators, we vow to make Atlanta a better place for all residents to live and thrive.
ARTS – Build a dynamic arts ecology to ensure all residents in our region will have access to high quality cultural experiences and diverse artistic programs.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – Ensure that our region produces equitable economic growth, strong civic health and safe communities.
EDUCATION – Improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners across the education spectrum, from early learning through post-secondary and workforce preparation.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – Ensure a healthy, safe and engaged region, where residents have access to health care and nutritious food.
NONPROFIT EFFECTIVENESS – Invest in the region’s nonprofits with the tools and financial resources to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs.
The Community Foundation offers a number of grant programs to nonprofits in the 23-county metro Atlanta region. These programs include: General Operating Support (includes Common Good Fund, Atlanta AIDS Fund, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund), Extra Wish, Grants to Green, Nonprofit Toolbox and the Neighborhood Fund. Visit each program’s page to learn more.
Eligibility requirements vary by grant program, but common criteria for nonprofits to meet are:
Organizational Profile & Common Grant Application
- Have a multi-year written strategic or business plan for the whole organization that includes measureable goals and methods to assess effectiveness
- Have a minimum two-year operating history after receiving its 501(c)(3) classification
- Have audited financial statements for the past two completed fiscal years (for organizations with annual budgets greater than $250,000)
- Have at least one full-time paid employee
- Have a Board of Directors representing the diversity and demographics of the community served, including individuals with varied skill sets and the committee structure necessary to succeed
- Be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit
New in 2016, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has developed a robust Organizational Profile and Common Grant Application that will capture information about nonprofits and their needs in one place.
Information will be entered by nonprofit organizations through our online portal. Creating a profile and completing it along with the Common Grant Application will be the first step in a nonprofit’s journey with the Community Foundation. The information provided will fuel our competitive grant program applications, drive reports for our donors and initiate informational meetings.
Foundation staff foresee nonprofits updating their profiles and the Common Grant Application annually, whenever there is a change within the organization’s leadership or programs or if there is something important to share. This is the best way to tell us all about your organization.
On Friday, April 22, we hosted an online Nonprofit Forum during which we talked about our new impact areas, and process changes designed to make applying for our programs easier and faster. Click here
to access a recording of the webinar.