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YMCA of Metro Atlanta exemplifies excellence

By Lisa Cremin, director, community advancement, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Since 1984, the Community Foundation has recognized standout nonprofit organizations with our Managing for Excellence award. Nonprofits who apply for this unique grant recognition participate in a detailed and rigorous review and site visit process that analyzes their operations, governance and programs according to […]

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Keep up with lessons while you learn a lesson

By Vanessa Meyer, program officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta We often hear about the challenges of the “summer slide” – too many students lack access to quality education and enrichment opportunities during the summer break, and lose valuable knowledge and skills gained during the academic year, especially in core subject areas such as reading […]

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Giving beyond the checkbook – how unusual assets can be put to work for philanthropy

By Christy Eckoff, managing director, philanthropic counsel, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta When most people think about how much they want to give to worthy causes, they are likely to think about their overall budget – how much of my income do I want to set aside for giving? From there they might designate a […]

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Atlanta Community Foundation reaches $1.1 billion in assets

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has reached a new milestone – it now has $1.1 billion assets, according to its unaudited 2017 Annual Report released on Tuesday.

The annual report also states that the Foundation awarded $100 million in grants to 3,100 nonprofit organization – locally, nationally and internationally. More than 70 percent of those grants were made to nonprofits in the 23-county metro Atlanta region, the Foundation’s area of expertise.

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Unleashing the superpower of philanthropy: Matching the passions of donors with purposes of nonprofits

By Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta What do a generous family, a trusted financial advisor and Atlanta’s beloved, annual Dragon Con have in common with Superman and Batman? Each of them has a superpower that lifts our region to greater positive impact through philanthropy! Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta recently published our […]

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GoATL Fund: New impact investment fund leverages philanthropy in new ways

By Mark Crosswell, managing director for impact investing, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta In the past, traditional philanthropy has always supported nonprofit organizations by way of grants, or outright gifts. Yet even with that essential flow of funding, our communities continue to face the same decades-old challenges. Now, the emergence of a new stream of […]

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How to incorporate charitable planning into your professional practice: Call for applications now open

By Ali Gant, gift planning officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Are you a financial, legal, wealth management or accounting professional who wants to learn more about guiding your clients on a path to greater philanthropy? Then PALI is for you! The Philanthropic Advisor Leadership Institute (PALI) is now accepting applications for its ninth class […]

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One Plus One = Three

Photo above: Dancers Michaela Perdue, Will VanMeter (KSU Dance Company) Photo by Robert Pack By Dr. Ivan Pulinkala, Chairperson, Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University Over the past decade, I have experienced Atlanta’s art community grow in density, complexity, and sophistication, against a landscape ripe with opportunity, discourse, and challenge. An ever increasing populous of promising […]

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National Philanthropy Day celebrates giving in Atlanta

By Jamie Tobias, gift planning officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta On November 9, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) celebrated their 34th annual National Philanthropy Day, Georgia’s oldest and largest celebration of giving. A sell-out crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered to shine a light on the power of philanthropy in our region. […]

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What the closing of Atlanta’s largest shelter means for our homeless population

By Dan Williams, program officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Recently, while riding MARTA to work, I sat across from a woman appearing to experience mental illness. The sound of her shrill laugh permeated the train car as she raised her arms wildly in the air. Her wide-open, ragged roller bag, obviously too difficult to […]

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Making nonprofits stronger makes stronger impact

By Lita Pardi, director, resource deployment, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta In 2016, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta launched Impact Areas with measurable objectives as a way to focus our financial, partnership and advocacy investments in the Atlanta region. As a starting point for future trend analysis, we created an Impact Area dashboard that captures […]