One hundred years ago our founder Isoline Campbell recruited 45 of her friends in a start-up organization that would, in her words, “use her talents and resources to improve the lives of others.” Our Centennial year is about honoring those courageous community builders and the tens of thousands of Atlanta League women who walked in their footprints to be the voice, the hands, the advocates of our city’s underserved women and children. Their legacy are the organizations and initiatives that would not exist without the transformational hands, feet, voices and funds of the members of the Junior League of Atlanta.
Together across a century, we gave life to organizations and programs and even buildings to bring Atlanta speech correction, legal aid, daycare, the arts, educational resources, legislative and community advocacy, literacy and reading and city beautification programs; together we have addressed deplorable conditions with efforts to prevent child abuse, teen pregnancy, childhood obesity, juvenile delinquency, the commercial sexual exploitation of children and human trafficking.
One hundred years later, the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA) is once again making a major investment in our city’s nonprofits. Our second century of service will launch with our Centennial Grants. These Grants will total a one million dollars investment in the Atlanta non-profit community, Last summer we launched our comprehensive three stage process to identify those nonprofits and proposals that we felt the JLA could work with to effect transformational change in our city. The committee reviewed more than 100 proposals from Atlanta’s amazing nonprofits.
The goal of the Centennial Grants is to identify those opportunities that would kick off the JLAs next century of service. To help us answer the question: what would the founding of the Speech School or Atlanta Children’s Shelter look like in today’s philanthropic landscape?
If you are interested in finding out the answer, we hope you will join us on Monday, April 24 at the Centennial Lunch where we will announce our honorees and showcase how these nonprofits will utilize the Centennial Grants to transform their organization, transform the community they serve and, through our new partnership, will transform the JLA. To find out more or to purchase tickets visit www.JLA100.org.