Common Good Fund
The Common Good Fund is a pool of funds given by the Foundation’s donors and through bequests to support critical community issues in the 23-county region. This year, over 120 nonprofit applications were received and narrowed down to 15 exceptional grantees!
Organizations apply to the Common Good Fund for general operating support, which is funding to sustain and support operations and programs. The Common Good Fund grant process is rigorous - Foundation staff thoroughly review all aspects of these nonprofit organizations: from financial statements to strategic plans and programmatic impact to board members’ engagement. Characteristics of successful applicants include that they have a clear vision of the organization’s role in making a difference in the community, demonstrate effectiveness through the investment of time and personnel in measuring and planning for success and have written strategic plans that cover two or more years.
Below you will find information on the 2015 Common Good Funds grantees:
Amana Academy - $80,000
Amana Academy uses the Expeditionary Learning model across STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects and the humanities and teaches Arabic language to serve 696 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.
Association of Village PRIDE - $30,000
Association of Village PRIDE provides community service experiences, internships, scholarships, summer jobs, tutoring and mentorship to build confidence and promote workforce readiness to 140 children and youth ages five to 24 in Fayette County.
Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership - $75,000
The Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership served approximately 1,800 individuals in 2014 through rehabilitating foreclosed properties, providing capital for mixed income housing and convening forums to address Atlanta's foreclosure recovery.
CHRIS Kids - $100,000
CHRIS Kids helped 4,790 individuals last year unlock their potential and overcome trauma through training, counseling and behavioral healthcare.
Dad's Garage - $100,000
Dad’s Garage draws an audience of more than 30,000 people each year from across the metro Atlanta area to outrageous original scripted productions and improv shows.
Families First - $140,000
Families First serves more than 37,000 families facing chronic economic, social or health challenges each year.
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy - $40,000
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy currently operates in 70 Georgia counties and mails approximately 30,000 books to children every month in an effort to provide early learning opportunities that will break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center - $75,000
Good Samaritan provides free medical and dental care, eye exams, eye glasses, prescription drugs, mental health care and social services to more than 1,100 low income individuals in Pickens County.
GreenLaw - $80,000
GreenLaw provides Georgia’s environmental nonprofits and local communities with attorneys and legal expertise to fight disputes involving pollution, land preservation and other environmental issues.
LaAmistad - $80,000
LaAmistad served nearly 900 first and second generation Latino students and families last year through comprehensive tutoring, mentoring and resources that promote academic, physical, and personal growth.
Mentor Me North Georgia - $29,000
Mentor Me pairs more than 500 at-risk youth in Forsyth County with mentors to improve self-esteem, school performance and behavior.
Moving in the Spirit - $100,000
Moving in the Spirit combines modern dance instruction, mentorship and service learning to promote leadership development of 250 children and youth in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Henry counties.
Our House - $135,000
Our House serves more than 400 homeless families each year through childcare, emergency shelter, job training and case management.
Phoenix Pass - $34,000
Phoenix Pass works in Rockdale and surrounding counties to provide homeless women and their children with temporary housing, life skills training and support to establish savings to secure their own permanent housing.
Visiting Nurse Health System - $120,000
Visiting Nurse provides home healthcare, hospice services, long-term care and Alzheimer's support to over 20,000 patients throughout the Atlanta metro area.
Other Foundation programs that awarded grants include:
A Place to Perform
- Ballethnic Dance Company, Inc. - $5,000
- Dance Canvas, Inc. - $5,000
- Moving in the Sprit - $4,000
- PushPush Film & Theater - $5,000
- True Colors Theatre Company - $5,000
Civic Engagement Fund
- Equality Foundation of Georgia
- Georgia Cities Foundation
Grants to Green
- Agnes Scott College - $434,000 (Campus)
- Beacon of Hope - $44,223
- Blue Heron Nature Preserve - $24,323
- Eagle Ranch, Inc. - $19,353
- Families First, Inc. - $162,558
- Fernbank Museum - $300,000 (Campus)
- Frazer Center - $74,686
- Future Foundation - $5,500
- Jerusalem House, Inc. - $17,519
- Link Counseling Center - $50,818
- Steffan Thomas Museum and Archives - $16,303
- The Joel Chandler Harris Association (Wren’s Nest) - $92,845
- The Salvation Army - $46,255
46 awards totaling $25,475 Nonprofit Toolbox
Seven awards totaling $3,465 Scholarships
$543,500 in college scholarships to students Strategic Restructuring
Three awards totaling $135,000
Calling for Photos
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