Community Impact

This is it: The place where the passion and the purpose connect.

Where It All Happens

Since 1951, the Community Foundation has led the way in grantmaking programs and initiatives. But, when it comes to putting the power of philanthropy to work for the people of the 23-county area, grantmaking is only part of the picture. Because, in 65+ years of service, we’ve learned that success starts by listening. Learning. Leaning in close to discover the issues affecting our communities.

Look around the greater Atlanta region, and you’ll see the Foundation’s impact—including measurable progress on critical issues like foster care, interfaith and multicultural connections, grassroots organizing and HIV/AIDS. But we’re only getting started.

Because, together with the ideas and resources of passionate people like you, we can create joy that will impact our communities now, and for generations to come.

Take a Journey of Joy

Impact Facts

nonprofit organizations received grants in 2015
years of HIV/AIDS advocacy and education
arts organizations supported through the metropolitan atlanta arts fund

How Initiatives Work


Areas of Impact

No matter where your passion lies—the arts, community development, education, nonprofit effectiveness or well-being—the Community Foundation is committed to helping donors discover the charitable giving options that strengthen our communities and celebrate the joy of giving.

Explore Areas of Impact

Current Initiatives

At the Community Foundation, we’re actively involved in a wide range of initiatives. These initiatives bring together diverse individuals and groups with specialized expertise to collaborate on a common issue. Together, we create innovative and impactful approaches and solutions.

Explore Current Initiatives


At the Community Foundation, we’re passionate about learning. Scholarships allow our donors to invest in the future by helping deserving students pursue higher education. Students benefit from the financial assistance as well as the academic recognition of being a scholarship recipient.

Pursue Education

Unrestricted Operating Fund

Over the last 65 years, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $1.5 billion in funding. We’ve built the reputation, relationships and the credibility to drive philanthropy for our region. But taking on the big, hard issues that our region must solve requires even more resources.

In order to maximize our impact, we depend on the continued generosity of donors like you to help us do even more for our community.

The Unrestricted Operating Fund is flexible. It allows us to operate at high efficiency, and to react quickly to the changing needs of our communities.

Your gift to the Unrestricted Operating Fund is an investment in your community foundation. By supporting this fund, you help us continue to nurture nonprofits, forge strong and strategic partnerships and fortify a more equitable region for all Atlanta area residents. Because, when we all come together, we become something more. Something bigger. Something we all can be proud to be a part of.

Support the Unrestricted Operating Fund

Recent Grants and Support

We believe that one of the best ways to improve our community is by strengthening nonprofits doing smart, innovative work. Take a look at some grants and support the Community Foundation has provided recently to deserving nonprofits in our region.

Ballethnic Dance Company, Inc.: $5,000
Dance Canvas, Inc.: $5,000
Moving in the Spirit: $4,000
PushPush Film & Theater: $5,000
True Colors Theatre Company: $5,000
Equality Foundation of Georgia: $25,000 and Georgia Cities Foundation: $15,000
General operating support provides nonprofits with unrestricted grants—that is, funding to sustain and support operations and programs across our five impact areas. Our General Operating Support programs include the Atlanta AIDS Fund, the Common Good Fund and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Many of our general operating support grants are provided from the Common Good Fund—a pool of funds given by the Foundation’s donors and through bequests to support critical community issues in the 23-county region.

2016 Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund grantees include:

Atlanta Harm Reduction: $12,000
Atlanta Legal Aid: $23,000
Center for Pan Asian Community Services: $39,000
HIV Empowerment Resource Center: $29,000
Hope Through Divine Intervention: $10,000
Jerusalem House: $55,000
Living Room, Inc.: $50,000
NAESM, Inc.: $15,000
Positive Impact Health Centers: $55,000
Open Hand; St. Joseph: $60,000
Someone Cares, Inc.: $25,000
Mercy Care: $15,000

Agnes Scott College (campus): $434,000
Beacon of Hope: $44,223
Blue Heron Nature Preserve: $24,323
Eagle Ranch, Inc.: $19,353
Families First, Inc.: $162,558
Fernbank Museum (campus): $300,000
Frazer Center: $74,686
Future Foundation: $5,500
Jerusalem House, Inc.: $17,519
Link Counseling Center: $50,818
Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives: $16,303
The Joel Chandler Harris Association (Wren’s Nest): $92,845
The Salvation Army: $46,255
Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Inc.: $1,500
Boulder Park Estates Community Club: $1,500
Brentwood Neighborhood Association Fulton: $1,500
Capitol View Manor Neighborhood Association: $1,500
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market & East Atlanta Community Association: $5,000
Friends of Adair Park/Adair Park Today: $1,500
Friends of Channing Valley Park: $1,500
Grant Park Community Garden Boulevard: $1,500
Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation: $1,300
Hartwood Estates Home Owners Association, Inc.: $1,500
Hope Hill Elementary School PTA: $10,000
Mental Fitness: $13,500
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm: $16,000
Neighborhood Planning Unit-G (NPU-G): $1,500
Oakland City Community Organization (OCCO): $1,600
Wecycle Atlanta, Inc.: $13,000
Action Ministries: $5,000
Camp Twin Lakes: $5,000
Circle of Love: $5,000
Madison Morgan Cultural Center: $5,000
Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives: $5,000

Action Ministries: $5,000
Community Resource Center: $5,000
Newton County Community Partnership: $5,000
The Board of Directors Community Committee was established and designated to oversee competitive and donor-advised grantmaking and assessment of impact for the Foundation’s community programs and initiatives. They also provide oversight of Foundation volunteer and board engagement, analysis of community trends and priorities for Foundation response and serve as ambassadors and advocates in the region.

Committee members:

  • Becky Blalock, Committee Chair
  • Robert L. Brown, President and CEO, R L Brown & Associates, Inc.
  • Ann W. Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe, Curry & Associates
  • Patrice Greer
  • Sivan Hines, M.D.
  • Teresa Rivero, Lead Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Joan King Salwen, Fellow, Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute
  • Ramon Tome, retired, Georgia Department of Natural Resources


  • Suzanne E. Boas, Community Foundation Board Chair
  • Michael A. Nadal, VP, Portfolio Manager, Montag & Caldwell