Unlocking possibilities

By Lesley Grady, senior vice president, community, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

A few months ago while rushing, I made too many moves too quickly and locked myself out of my house. I was stuck in my garage, unable to gain access to either my home or my car. Losing my keys had me frustrated and, even worse, made me miss an important appointment. Continue reading

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Clearing the hurdles to mental health services

Did you know it’s Mental Health Awareness Week?

Chances are you probably know a relative, co-worker or friend who has a mental health condition. But did you know that nearly 1 in 5 children will experience a mental health concern in one year? Or that nearly 80 percent of children will never receive care? Continue reading

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What’s your story, and are you sticking to it?

By Kathleen Wagner, philanthropic advisor, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Storytelling seems like child’s play for those of us with busy careers and hectic lives. Finding the time to read a story seems like some exotic Dos Equis commercial with a beach chair, sandy toes and a good book…the stuff dreams are made of, right? Continue reading

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Lunch is on you! End Summer hunger!

Did you know that nearly 16 million kids in America are at risk of hunger? That’s enough to fill nearly 8,000 playgrounds. And it also means that 1 in five kids will face hunger when school’s out later this month. Continue reading

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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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