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United Way program interrupts cycle of poverty by promoting financial literacy

When Brian Richards began taking Financial Achievement Club classes through Community Restoration Project (CRP), his credit score was 512. After just three months of participation, it rose over 100 points. “It is a wonderful club. It really made me what I am today, [who] is a person who likes to make money and go to […]

Posted inHigher Education

New Emory institute harnesses the power of AI to improve health equity, patient outcomes

Emory University is embarking on a new initiative that will unite the power of machine learning and big data to transform the ways in which health care systems prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases on a global scale. Launching this month under the umbrella of Emory’s AI.Humanity initiative, the Emory Empathetic AI for Health Institute will utilize […]

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Empowering the Future: Championing democracy and civic education for high school students

By Jovan Paige, program officer Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta From coast to coast, there is an undeniable surge of interest and participation in democracy, signifying a fresh wave of accountability and empowerment. This trend is particularly pronounced in metropolitan hubs like Atlanta, where our community has a rich history of active civic engagement. In […]

Posted inSustainable Communities

Reinvestment Fund’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative is Expanding Food Access in the Southeast

By Kahfii King, Program Manager Healthy Food Financing Initiative   Reinvestment Fund has developed a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to improving the food landscape for underserved urban and rural communities. A key component of the approach is America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a public-private partnership administered by Reinvestment Fund on behalf of USDA Rural Development […]

Posted inAtlanta Housing

Restoring Community: The Rebuilding of Bowen Homes

By Terri M. Lee  An Atlanta that everyone can afford to call home is possible when we prioritize affordable housing products and our people. This is not conjecture or platitude. It is the principle upon which we are building one of the city’s most significant affordable housing redevelopments. Situated on Atlanta’s Westside, Bowen Homes was […]

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Clayton-based nonprofit nurtures the minds and bodies of their littlest residents

Wande Okunoren-Meadows, Executive Director of Hand, Heart and Soul Project (HHSP), isn’t one to wait for permission. As a self-described “agitator,” her perseverance and dedication to the work is why the nonprofit is where it is today — and has plenty more room to grow.  Co-founded by Okunoren-Meadows and her mother in 2018, HHSP advocates […]

Posted inSecuring Atlanta's Future

A Fun Gathering, a Fabulous Headliner, and Support For GEEARS: The Top Reasons You Want to Come to GEEARS’ Annual Luncheon

This year, GEEARS’ Annual Luncheon happens, appropriately enough, on Giving Tuesday, November 28th, at the Whitley Hotel. While the event is a fundraiser for us, we like to think the giving goes both ways! Three Reasons to Buy Your Annual Luncheon Tickets Today This mid-day soiree is famously fun. There’ll be, of course, a delicious […]

Posted inMoney Matters

Making a List, Checking It Twice: How to Get Through the Holiday Season with Your Budget Intact

The holidays are once again upon us, bringing with it the joy — and stress — of finding the perfect gift for that special someone. And while consumer spending is expected to surpass pre-pandemic levels for the first time this season, there’s no reason for everyone to hop on the bandwagon.  In fact, Primerica’s most recent Financial Security […]

Posted inWorkforce Development

Honoring Our Veterans: Goodwill of North Georgia’s Commitment to Service

As we commemorate another Veterans Day this past weekend, it is crucial to reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans to sustain the safety and freedom of our country. Goodwill of North Georgia acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices of our veterans and is proud to honor them every day. Goodwill of North Georgia has […]

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G. Naeema Gilyard receives Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership

Metro Atlanta’s Naeema Gilyard is one of five national recipients of NeighborWorks America’s Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership. Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership nominated Gilyard for her work in environmental activism aimed at creating healthier environments for neighborhoods in Atlanta and Fulton County. Last weekend, NeighborWorks America honored Gilyard and the other resident leaders at a ceremony during the […]

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Goodwill of North Georgia supports Veterans through transitional program ‘First Choice’

Veterans Day, previously known as Armistice Day, is a U.S. legal holiday that honors the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. As the holiday approaches, Goodwill of North Georgia takes pride in our commitment to supporting veterans in the community. Our mission of putting people to work includes understanding the unique challenges […]

Posted inHigher Education

Emory University establishes center to study how climate change impacts human health

A team of researchers from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health has been awarded a $3.8M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a center to study the impacts of climate change on health and help develop action-oriented strategies to protect the health of individuals and communities.  Emory was one of the first […]

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Atlanta region comes together to address harrowing racial wealth divide

In October 2022, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and a collaborative of nearly 50 partners worked with Wells Fargo on the Wealth Opportunity Realized Through Homeownership (WORTH) initiative. The group had one, singular goal: to build or preserve 6,000 homes for families of color by 2026. Just one year after that announcement, initial results […]

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United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Women United to host annual Toast to Her

Join Women United for their annual Toast to Her celebration!  What: Toast to Her is a fun-filled after work event that consists of networking, complimentary headshots, and a program that will honor incredible women who are making a difference in the fields of education, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and technology. Who: Honorees include owner of 3 Parks Wine Shop Sarah […]