An unexpected, but rewarding, career path to philanthropy

By Mendal Bouknight, VP philanthropy, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Growing up in rural South Carolina I aspired to a career in forestry and recreation resources, not fundraising. But that all changed when, as a Junior at Clemson University, a friend with the Alumni Association asked me to serve as the first-ever Student Representative on the Alumni Board. Continue reading

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Greater Atlanta stepped it up this summer

Summer’s coming to a close and kids are back in school. They’re making new friends, learning new skills and growing like weeds. And to do all this, they need fuel. Like sunshine to a seedling, the food they’re getting during the school day is giving them the energy they need for their brains and bodies. While some kids may bring in a carefully packed lunch with every food group equally represented, others rely on federally funded free and reduced meals during their school day. In fact, more than 350,000 kids across the 13 counties of Greater Atlanta receive free or reduced lunches during the school year. You might be wondering: Where do these kids receive lunch during the summer months? Sadly, without access to school lunch programs, many were at risk of missing a meal or more each day. Continue reading

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Engaged Parents Make a Difference

By Tyronda Minter, director, community, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

I am the mother of two teenage, African-American boys – a senior and a sophomore in public school. Being their mother is one of my greatest joys. Since their very first day of pre-school, I have been involved in their schooling experience – from PTA President, to Chair of the School Policy Council, to Booster Club Mom, I was known as Christopher and Dechristian’s mother rather than by own first name. Why was this volunteer work important to me? Because strong parent engagement yields better academic outcomes for our children. Continue reading

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A Year of Positive Change!

This year, Greater Atlanta came together in a big way. Thanks to 140,000 donors across the community, as well as leaders like Campaign Chair David Mangum, president & COO of Global Payments Inc., and support from our top corporate campaigns at Publix, AT&T and UPS, we’ve exceeded the 2015 – 2016 campaign goal – allowing United Way to make an even greater impact through the initiatives and programs that matter most. Continue reading

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Community Foundation’s summer fellow reflects on philanthropy, passion and purpose

By Jazondré Gibbs

Having the opportunity to work as the summer fellow for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is not one I took lightly. I chose to apply for this particular fellowship because of the opportunity it gave me to move around a whole organization and see more than just one side of the parts that help organizations function. The fellowship works through a rotation that allowed me to work with each respective team: Office of the President, Marketing and Communications, Community, Philanthropy and Capacity. Through these rotations, I was able to take this summer to work on so many important skills! Continue reading

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Young Professional Leaders Work to Create Brighter Tomorrows

At the beginning of the year, United Way of Greater Atlanta President, Milton Little, Jr., posed a question to our Young Professional Leaders (YPL): How are the children? The well-being of children in any given community is a direct indicator of how the larger community is doing. As a compassionate group of Atlanta’s emerging leaders under 40, YPL took inspiration from Milton’s challenge and sprang into action to help our region’s children thrive.

Taking Initiative to End Childhood Homelessness in Greater Atlanta

13450749_10155127732167316_1936695863688244238_nYPL focused service events throughout the year around children and families and set a breakthrough goal to net $50,000 to a United Way initiative. After digging deeper into the issues surrounding child homelessness, the YPL Advisory Board voted for proceeds from our year-end gala in June, “Night for a Brighter Tomorrow,” to benefit United Way Kids Home Initiative (KHI) – a comprehensive and long-term solution to fight childhood homelessness.

I am proud to say that YPL exceeded its goal, with net proceeds raised of $70,000 to create sustainable change in our community. Huge thanks to all of our sponsors – including presenting sponsor Delta Air Lines, our partners, YPL members, YPL Advisory Board and the great work of United Way of Greater Atlanta that makes this possible.

Continue the Momentum & Make a Difference

I am excited to see what YPL will do next and am honored to pass the baton of YPL Chair to Ivan Shammas, General Manager at Telemundo.  I encourage all of you to continue the momentum and movement of YPL and get involved! You’ll make great connections, see the work of United Way firsthand and most importantly – help create sustainable, positive change in Atlanta. Visit to learn more and join. You won’t regret lending a hand to lift up your community!

Juanda Roberts is the 2015 – 2016 Board Chair of United Way of Greater Atlanta Young Professional Leaders, as well as Alliance Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting LLC.

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Atlanta continues to thrive with philanthropy

Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

By Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, an organization I’ve had the privilege to lead for the last 39 years, turns 65 this year. At that age, many are looking forward to retirement, but that’s not us, we’re ramping up to do even more to improve our region! Continue reading

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Gwinnett Gets a GRIP on Recidivism

Nationally, more than 67 percent of prisoners are rearrested within three years of their release and over 50 percent are ultimately re-incarcerated at a further cost to local taxpayers and society at large – it costs $46 per day to house an inmate in the Gwinnett County Detention Center (GCDC). And while there are many underlying conditions that encourage this cycle of criminal relapse or recidivism, Gwinnett County is making great inroads on some of the more common issues such as the lack of access to housing, support services and employment for former inmates. Through the Gwinnett Reentry Intervention Program (GRIP), the county is beginning to break this long-running cycle while quickly becoming a worthy example for similar programs around the Southeast. Continue reading

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An Efficient Way to Save

By Kalie Lasiter, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

We all know that summer in Georgia is hot, hot, hot! As temperatures continue to rise, so do our utility bills. But how do you balance staying cool with saving money? And how do you prioritize energy efficiency when faced with old and wasteful systems and equipment? These are questions many nonprofits struggle with on a daily basis. Continue reading

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“Slacktivists” or the new activists?

Entitled. Irresponsible. Lazy. Self-Absorbed.

All are words that are frequently used to describe us, “millennials.”  The articles are everywhere, and there are even classes and webinars about how to manage “us.” It amazes me! Continue reading

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