Connecting Passions with Purpose

By Lita Pardi, senior program officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Here at the Community Foundation we talk a lot about making connections between passions and purpose. We work with philanthropists to help them identify and support nonprofits doing great work in our region. And we have recently made some changes that we hope will make it easier to establish those connections.
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It’s never too early to become a Philanthropist

Youth United. It’s not a professional children’s soccer league. Or even an airline piloted b young folks. Youth United is something much more impactful. It’s a team of high school-aged champions that want to make a difference in the neighborhoods they live in. Never heard of it before? Well, you’re not alone. Officially launching May 7, Youth United is the newest and youngest engagement group at United Way of Greater Atlanta. And I’m in charge of it. Continue reading

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All the right pieces in place make for a stronger nonprofit organization

By Kristina Morris, Program Officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Growing up, I was one of those kids who LOVED taking things apart. I was fascinated with finding out what went into something to make it work. A few toys, and at least one radio, were among my favorite projects. It probably drove my parents crazy. Continue reading

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New Spark Prize offering community innovation grants with a $25,000 top prize

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Does Spark Prize sound as exciting to you as it does to us at United Way? This philanthropic competition was first introduced last year at the C3 Conference and we are thrilled to be currently offering it in Gwinnett County. In a nutshell, Spark is an innovative model to fund even more innovative programs. Continue reading

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

By Elyse Hammett, APR, vice president of marketing and communications for Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Elyse Hammett, APR

Elyse Hammett, APR

The cherry blossom trees are bursting with color, the jonquils lift their joyous faces for our delight and the sun shines later in the day to allow a few stolen moments to play catch with Rascal in the back yard. Continue reading

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Not your typical shoebox…

Every year it happens at the same time (spring), but I can’t help but to get a little anxious as I start to receive calls about participating as early as October. No matter how hard we try to control it, it just keeps growing, because our community is just that supportive. It’s the Shoebox Project; one of United Way’s largest initiatives that supports the work being done to help combat the homelessness issue in Atlanta. Continue reading

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Celebrating Women in History – Bold and Brilliant

By Erin Dreiling, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta


Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


I just love that March is Women’s History Month. It means a deluge of facts and stories on social media and in my inbox that are resoundingly fascinating. Did you know that one of the first programmers was a woman? Or that 1921, novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction? Or that one of history’s most powerful women was Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female pharaoh? Continue reading

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Helping to End Childhood Homelessness in Greater Atlanta

The facts surrounding homelessness among school children in Greater Atlanta are cause for alarm. In the Austell and Clarkston area schools alone, more than 30 percent of the kids are homeless, and therefore at risk of falling behind in school. Today, in Greater Atlanta, the average age of a homeless person is nine years old.

These are statistics that we’re working to change here at United Way of Greater Atlanta through the Kids Home Initiative, a comprehensive solution to help children avoid or escape homelessness by helping those at risk regain secure and successful futures and stay in school. Continue reading

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No Place Like Home

By Tyronda Minter, director, regional impact, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Tyronda Minter, director, regional impact, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Tyronda Minter, director, regional impact, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

With society’s focus on globalization and technology, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of place – yet the significance of place cannot be denied. It’s the spot on the earth where we feel most rooted and emotionally invested. Let’s consider why we should make philanthropic gifts to places we care about: Continue reading

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Helping Georgia’s Most Vulnerable Children

The 2016 Election will provide a historical moment for Georgia residents to do more than select the next President of the United States. We will also be asked to vote on a Constitutional Amendment for the State of Georgia called the Safe Harbor Fund Amendment. This will establish a permanent fund to provide the necessary support and services to help children who have been victims of child sex trafficking. This type of Constitutional Amendment only comes along once in a lifetime and is one that the people of Georgia cannot afford to ignore. Continue reading

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