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.


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Impact Facts

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nonprofit organizations received grants in 2016
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years of HIV/AIDS advocacy and education
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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.


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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.


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Scholarships


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.


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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.

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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.


CORE: $3,400
Georgia Ensemble Theatre: $7,500
Theatre du Reve: $5,000
True Colors Theatre Company: $7,500
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 Celebrates Photography: $70,000
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center: $120,000
Callanwolde Foundation: $90,000
Dad’s Garage: $120,000
Georgia Ensemble Theatre Company: $115,000
gloATL: $42,000
Horizon Theatre Company: $100,000
Out of Hand Theater: $40,000
Several Dancers CORE: $40,000
The Atlanta Music Project Arts: $93,000
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Arts: $50,000
True Colors Theatre Company: $120,000

7 Stages: $51,802
A Friend’s House: $14,323
Cristo Rey: $112,116
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children: $175,330
Georgia State University: $160,340
Making A Way Housing: $28,902
Salvation Army – Red Shield: $183,481
St. Vincent de Paul of Georgia: $24,538
Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives: $19,737
The Center for Family Resources: $92,346
Women Moving On: $51,805
Young Adult Guidance Center: $14,043
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation: $8,400
Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta: $12,000
ChopArt: $8,000
Friends of Tucker Parks: $10,000
Grant Park Boulevard Community Garden: $1,000
Hartwood Estates Inc. Home Owners Association: $15,000
Little Five Alive: $1,000
Los Niños Primero: $10,000
Meals On Main: $1,500
Mentoring 1 Morgan: $1,500
Oakwood Trails NHW: $8,000
Sagal Radio: $5,000
The Action Not Words Project, Inc.: $10,000
The Rights 2 Life Foundation Inc.: $11,800
Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture: $10,000
We Love BuHi: $11,800
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy: $5,000
Humane Society of Morgan County: $5,000
Madison-Morgan Conservancy: $5,000
Morgan County African American Museum: $5,000
Main Street: $8,500
Atlanta Ballet: $100,000
Wholesome Wave Georgia: $43,000
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:

  • Sivan Hines, Committee Chair
  • Katy Barksdale, The Rockdale Foundation
  • Keith Evans, Westminster
  • Susan Grant
  • Patrice Greer
  • M. Von N’Kosi, Liquid Studios
  • Ivan Pulinkala
  • Teresa Rivero, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Joan King Salwen
  • Ramone Tomé, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Gregory Vaughn

Ex-Officio:

  • John C. Reid, Community Foundation Board Chair