Common Good Funds
Common Good Funds grants are available to support an organization’s ongoing administrative and infrastructure costs and/or to maintain existing, effective programs that are offered within the Foundation's 23-county service area. 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 2014 Common Good Funds grantees.
Atlanta Community Food Bank - $140,000
The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) fights hunger by engaging, educating and empowering the community. ACFB distributes food to 600 nonprofit partner agencies throughout a 29-county metro Atlanta and north Georgia service area, annually serving more than 735,000 Georgians living in poverty.
Atlanta Legal Aid Society - $121,440
The Atlanta Legal Aid Society (ALAS) provides free legal services to assist low-income residents in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. The primary areas of services for ALAS include housing, consumer fraud, public benefits, employment, education, health spousal abuse and child custody. In 2013, ALAS attorneys handled more than 20,000 cases helping more than 50,000 people.
Bloom - $60,000
Bloom offers safe shelter and physical, educational and emotional support to children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect or other tragic circumstances. Bloom is located in Fayette County, but serves children and youth from surrounding counties including Clayton, Coweta and Henry. Bloom provides three main services: residential services, foster care placement and a clothing closet.
Bobby Dodd Institute - $70,000
Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) empowers people with disabilities and disadvantages to maximize their potential by securing economic self sufficiency, independence and integration into society. BDI connects people with jobs by matching community employers with candidates whose skills and goals fit the employers’ needs. BDI also creates and sustains jobs by operating its own mission-based social enterprises that provide living-wage jobs.
Center for Puppetry Arts - $90,000
The mission of the Center for Puppetry Arts is to touch lives through the art of puppetry. The Center’s live puppetry performances, interactive workshops and guided museum tours annually provide approximately 70,000 students from Title I schools with creative arts experiences that are not available in classrooms. The Center’s museum houses the definitive collection honoring Jim Henson’s legacy and hundreds of other pieces that demonstrate the complexity and variety of puppets from around the world.
Culture Connect - $75,000
Culture Connect (CC) was founded in 2005 to meet the essential needs of recent immigrants and refugees and to assist with full acclimation to the wider community. The organization provides language services and translations and Medical Interpreter training called Breaking Boundaries in Healthcare. These programs served 25,000 individuals last year.
Forsyth County Family Haven - $37,500
Since inception in 1989, Forsyth County Family Haven has provided a safe refuge for women and children trapped in abusive relationships. In 2013, Family Haven housed more than 125 clients in its shelter and served more than 1,000 non-shelter clients through its 24/7 crisis line, bilingual case management, legal support, child advocacy and community outreach efforts.
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute – $100,000
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) is committed to ensuring the interests of low-income households are considered in state budget and tax policy. GBPI has been at the forefront of conversations shaping policy on topics from taxes to education to healthcare and economic development.
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence - $105,000
The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) is a membership organization of domestic violence (DV) programs that serves its members, DV victims and the public through public policy efforts, education and programs to cultivate and sustain broad support for DV prevention and intervention services. GCADV provides technical assistance and training to its members, engages members in public policy activities and provides programming and services for underserved populations.
Hands of Hope Clinic - $30,000
Hands of Hope Clinic (HOH) serves uninsured or underserved residents in Henry County through quality medical and dental care. The medical care is provided by medical volunteer doctors, most of whom are currently practicing. HOH currently operates on the campus of Piedmont Henry Hospital. Since its inception, HOH has served more than 3,000 individuals.
Housing Initiative of North Fulton DBA HomeStretch - $80,000
Housing Initiative of North Fulton DBA HomeStretch is a transitional housing organization that provides working homeless families with minor children a comprehensive family program of case work, life skills, mentoring and supportive housing. HomeStretch owns and operates 30 single family residences in North Fulton County and served 116 individuals in 2013.
Meals on Wheels Atlanta - $120,000
Meals on Wheels Atlanta (MOWA) was founded in 1965 to operate day centers with meal service for senior citizens with funding from the Older Americans Act. MOWA principally provides services to seniors and disabled adults in Fulton and DeKalb counties. There are four core programs: home meal delivery, adult day centers, home repairs and the Senior Companion Match. Last year, staff and volunteers delivered 114,000 meals to 469 individuals.
Real Life Center - $40,000
Founded in 1998, the Real Life Center’s (RLC) mission is to provide the necessities for living by equipping people for life. RLC is located in Fayette County and serves low-income families and individuals in Fayette and Coweta counties. Programs include a food pantry, a mobile food pantry, financial counseling and budgeting, career assistance classes and the Harvest Orchard.
Ser Familia - $36,000
Ser Familia (SF) was founded as Renovacion Conyugal in 2001, and its name was changed in 2013. Its mission is to strengthen, revitalize and equip Latino youth, couples, parents and families through educational programs that teach improved life, leadership and communication skills, empowering participants to thrive and enjoy a healthy family environment. Programs include couples counseling, family counseling, parenting classes, domestic violence prevention services, youth mentoring and anti-bullying education.
Trees Atlanta - $50,000
Since its founding in 1984, Trees Atlanta has been dedicated to protecting and improving Atlanta’s forest by planting, conserving and educating. With a staff of 10 individuals and thousands of volunteers, Trees Atlanta has planted more than 100,000 trees in total since its inception and educates approximately 3,000 individuals annually.
Other Foundation programs:
Grants to Green
- A Child's Voice Advocacy Center - $12,002
- Arts Clayton, Inc. - $31,963
- Atlanta Community ToolBank - $238,581
- Avondale Education Association - $178,441
- Camp Twin Lakes - $74,186
- Decatur Cooperative Ministry - $25,714
- Emory University School of Medicine - $183,278
- Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta - $370,074
- McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council - $16,507
- Morgan County Foundation (MMCC) - $230,927
- Project Community Connections - $9,469
- Shining Light Ministries - $5,842
- The Elaine Clark Center - $98,875
- Zoo Atlanta - $258,025
- Angkor Resource Center- $5,000
- Arts Clayton, Inc - $5,000
- House of Dawn - $5,000
- Scholarworks Enterprises of Georgia - $5,000
Metropolitan Youth Opportunities Initiative
- A Friend's House - $4,936
- Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, Inc. - $3,838
- The Center for Children and Young Adults - $5,000
- Creative Community Services - $4,996
- Families First, Inc. - $5,000
- Multi-Agency Alliance for Children - $5,000
- CHRIS Kids, Inc. - $4,900
Southface Energy Institute - $15,000
Welcoming America - $25,000
Civic Engagement Fund
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