Making an impact on financial literacy… collaboratively

Did you know that one-third, or more than 77 million Americans, do not pay all of their bills on time? And 39% of Americans carry credit card debt over from month to month? In Greater Atlanta alone, 40% of families are classified as working poor, meaning their wages most likely do not cover basic needs, even though many work over 50 hours a week. Continue reading

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We want to hear about your nonprofit!

By Hannah O’Neil, program assistant, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Do you work for a nonprofit? Do you volunteer or serve on the board of one? Help us spread the word about the Organizational Profile and Common Grant Application! Continue reading

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SPARK change for Greater Atlanta

It’s not easy getting a nonprofit off of the ground. The vision and inspiration to champion a cause might be there, but without resources, plans for positive community change often fizzle. That’s why United Way of Greater Atlanta created its SPARK Prize Competition – to change that fizzle to a spark. Continue reading

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Community Foundation scholarships offer many options for students

Lauren Jeong, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Lauren Jeong, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

By Lauren Jeong, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

This is the time of year when high school seniors in the region are awash in paperwork – college applications, school assignments and, for many, scholarship applications. And the Community Foundation is here to help with many scholarship options now available for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Foundation has provided over $2.5 million dollars in academic scholarships (and counting) for the 2016-2017 academic year, benefiting over 1,000 students. Scholarships range in size from $500 to $5,000 and many are recurring as long as students maintain eligibility. Each scholarship fund was established by a Community Foundation donor with a unique story and passion, who set eligibility and preferences for scholarship selection.

The Dreams Squared Scholarship was established by a donor who was determined to set up a scholarship for average students who could not access typical merit scholarships because of their less-than-perfect grades. The intent of the scholarship is to support students who demonstrate potential, with the hope that scholarship aid can help the students improve their grades. The Dreams2 scholarship currently provides $2,000 to students who have GPAs between 2.0 and 3.0.

The Nancy Penn Lyons Scholarship was established by a donor who was accepted to an Ivy League school but had to drop out after his first year because could not afford the high tuition expenses. He did well in the insurance business and sold his company after becoming very successful. His desire with the fund was to support young people who, like himself, may not be able to afford the cost of an Ivy League education. Today, the scholarship provides up to $5,000 to students attending an Ivy League school.

Other scholarships were formed with dedication to a specific profession, school or geographic region. The Foundation’s newest scholarship, the Brightstar Education Foundation Nursing Scholarship will award $3,750 to seven nursing students pursing a Bachelor or Associate degree on a registered nursing curriculum track. The James E. Cox Medical Scholarship provides support for medical degrees. The Everett Williams scholarship supports residents of Oconee County, Georgia. The George and Pearl Strickland Scholarship provides funds for students attending Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine or Spelman College.

You can learn more about all of the Community Foundation’s competitive scholarships and apply here. The deadline for many of our scholarships is February 15, 2017, so apply now!

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Looking Back and Moving Forward: SPARK Prize 2 Years Later

It is hard to believe it has been two years since Helping Mamas pitched for the inaugural SPARK Prize! Being a part of a pitch competition was a completely new and unnerving experience. Little did we know that winning this award would change the trajectory of our organization. Before winning United Way of Greater Atlanta’s SPARK Prize, we were a little organization with big dreams. We served 200 children and were distributing essential baby items to seven agencies. We working from our garages and dreaming of a warehouse. The vision was there, we just needed the funds and some belief to execute. Continue reading

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Small grants help neighborhoods thrive

Mindy Kao, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Mindy Kao, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

By Mindy Kao, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

For the past six years, Carol Yancey and the Oakwood Trails Neighborhood Watch has hosted the Oakwood Trails Back-to-School Block Party for the families of this small Clayton County neighborhood. The event has been successful in bringing together neighborhood residents and community leaders and providing school supplies to kids. This year Yancey had her sights set on taking her community event to the next level, so she submitted an application to the Neighborhood Fund, a competitive grantmaking program run by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Out of nearly 60 applications, hers was one that rose to the top and the group was awarded an $8,000 grant along with community coaching services. Continue reading

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Look out for #WhyWednesday!

What’s your why? However you give back, we want to hear the inspiration behind it. Every Wednesday on United Way’s Facebook page, we’ll be sharing a new story from Communitarians like you who are working to make Greater Atlanta awesome. Continue reading

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My New Year’s resolutions for our region

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 8.39.02 PMBy Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

The beginning of a new year brings the ritual of making resolutions for many, including myself. Beyond personal reflections, this year I offer these wishes for our region: Continue reading

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Pack Purses with United Way on January 12!

Forget diamonds, a purse is a girl’s best friend! Whether it’s a clutch or over the shoulder, most of us have our favorite purse packed with all the essentials to get us through the day.

Women in Greater Atlanta are balancing all aspects of life every day – relationships, work, parenthood, and education. How often do we think about how they balance all of these things, knowing that not every woman has what she needs to thrive? Rarely, right? We often consider thinking about what is not being done, and what needs to be done in order for those around her to have needs met. Although women are major providers and contributors to our homes and our lives, it is important that we also create spaces and remind women of their strength, take moments to restore their hope, and surround them as often as we can with peace.

United Way of Greater Atlanta met Brittany Bankston, a proud wife and mother of two beautiful children, during her participation in the United Way Future Leadership Program. While in this program, Brittany created a non-profit organization called Prestigious Purse; an organization focused on supporting homeless & battered women who are in need of support in the community. Brittany centers this support speaking as an advocate and gifting women around the city—you guessed it—with a purse!

In support of Brittany’s efforts, United Way of Greater Atlanta will be hosting a Pack the Purse Party on Thursday, January 12 beginning at 11:00 am. Pack the Purse is a purse driving effort to support the United Way of Greater Atlanta Making Our Moms Successful program (MOMS), and program recipient Brittany Bankston’s nonprofit organization Prestigious Purse Inc.

At the first Annual Pack the Purse Party we will bring the community together to pack over 250 purses with essential care items that will be distributed to recipients of the M.O.M.S. program.

Can’t join us at the event? We are accepting purse donations! Please bring your new or gently worn purse to donate on the day of the event. If you will not be able to attend the event, and would like to drop off items, please e-mail [email protected]


laurenrockLauren Rock is the Associate Director, Women’s Leadership Initiatives at United Way of Greater Atlanta.

 

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Year End Giving

By Christy Eckoff, director, gift planning Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

By Christy Eckoff, director, gift planning Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

By Christy Eckoff, director, gift planning Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

With the end of the year coming rapidly, making thoughtful decisions about year-end giving can feel overwhelming, especially this year. Tax changes are coming and how that will affect charitable giving, the availability of deductions and the ability to minimize taxes through gifts to charity are unknown. This is a year of certainty – with an uncertain future. To help you achieve your giving goals, here are five tips for last-minute charitable giving: Continue reading

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