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Carter Center urges its donors to give to others impacted by COVID-19

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By Maria Saporta

At a time when charitable organizations are making appeals for donations, the Carter Center sent out an email that stood out above the rest.

The email was signed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter and their grandson, Jason Carter, the current chair of the Carter Center board.

Here is the body of the email:

As you are well aware, our country is facing a health crisis. Though the behaviors of COVID-19 are not fully known, what we do know makes it a global threat to our physical and economic health.
We all have every confidence that we will come together as a nation and overcome this invisible threat. This virus and its impact must be addressed at every level of government and society. Each of us is gratified at the examples of volunteers and community organizations that have quickly mobilized to help those in need.
It is in this spirit that we ask you to forgo your next gift for the work of The Carter Center and direct it to a local group that is reducing the suffering caused by this pandemic. Each of us asks you to concentrate on the needs of your family, friends, neighbors, and all in your community. Your commitment will help stop this threat.
With thanks and best wishes,
Jimmy, Rosalynn, and Jason

Jason Carter

Many, if not most, philanthropic entities are stretched thin during this time of extraordinary circumstances, and many are finding the need to serve increased demand.

The Carter Center took a bold and generous step by forgoing gifts it might have received in favor of the gifts going to other nonprofits.

The Atlanta-based Carter Center is a nongovernmental organization that helps to improve lives by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy and preventing diseases.

When asked Tuesday afternoon why they made the move, Jason Carter responded in a text: “Just seemed like the right thing to do.”


Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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