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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Last call: Deadline for Toys for Tots this Sunday!

The expression on a child’s face as they open a Christmas present is priceless. Is it the Hatchimal they’ve been dreaming about? A Star Wars Lego set? Or maybe a shiny new bike with training wheels? As they tear through the paper, the possibility of what has been wrapped seems endless…

And while we’d all like to believe that every child across Greater Atlanta’s 13-county region will open a present this Christmas, we know that doesn’t happen. Let me help you put this in perspective.

Each year, United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 – a contact center that provides resources for children and their families – receives monthly calls consistently asking for the same three basic needs requests: food, rent and utilities. That changes in December. During the holidays, one of the top three requests drops off the list and is replaced by requests for toys. That means families that may need assistance with food, rent and utilities are going without one of those basic needs in order to provide their kids with the joy of opening a Christmas present – a joy that many of us take for granted each year. That’s heartbreaking.

Now comes “the ask.” As you continue your holiday shopping this week, think about the children that may not get a gift this Christmas. They won’t have the excitement and anticipation that you remember as a child, unless you do something to help. If you’re grabbing a Hatchimal for your child, pick up an extra one. The same goes for that Lego set or bike. The children in our community need you, but you don’t have much time. The deadline to donate is this Sunday, December 18 at any local Publix as well as other participating Toys for Tots drop off locations – click here to find one near you.


ChadChad Parker is the Director of Multimedia Content at United Way of Greater Atlanta. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

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What does excellence really mean in the nonprofit sector?

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

In a sector driven by social good and a focus on people and communities rather than profits, what does excellence really mean? Is excellence measured by number of people served? Overhead costs? Donations collected? Number of meals distributed, tickets sold or people educated? Is it measured by a community’s reduction in homeless or increase in literacy? Continue reading

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Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s #GivingTuesday!

We’re fresh off the heels of Thanksgiving and Christmas is quickly approaching. During the holiday season, both stomachs and hearts are full. Friends and family gather to share stories, food and gifts of appreciation. And, yes, we’re presented with plenty of ways to give.

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday? I’ll get back with you on the last one in a second.

This year’s Black Friday broke records. Shoppers lined up – and shopped online – ready for doorbusters and dramatically discounted loot. According to National Retail Federation, Black Friday saw more than 154 million consumers scrambling for deals. Sales were up by 1.3 percent over last year. Cyber Monday broke records, too.

So what is #GivingTuesday, you ask? It’s a global day of giving powered by social media and the collaboration of nonprofits and caring communities. Always celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), it follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday by kicking off the charitable season, when folks focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. And it’s today.

Today, think about a charity or organization that you support. Dig in your pockets and make a donation. Spread the word about how others can help with #GivingTuesday. Sign up to volunteer on a chilly, but sunny Saturday. It doesn’t matter how or who you give to – just give.

Of course, I’m a bit partial to giving to United Way. Because of our giving, tireless supporters, just last year:

-100,000+ kids got better grades in school
-50,000+ people saw a doctor and received medicine when they were sick
-40,000+ people found a place to live
-46,000+ meals were delivered to hungry kids during the summer
-17,000+ moms and dads learned how to save for a rainy day

These are huge numbers that can’t happen without a supportive philanthropic community. Celebrate #GivingTuesday. And I’ll make it easy for you in case you’d like to give to United Way. Click here to give.


ChadChad Parker is the Director of Multimedia Content at United Way of Greater Atlanta. For more information, email [email protected]

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Giving thanks for what philanthropy makes possible

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

As I pause to give thanks this week, I am in awe of some of the ways the philanthropists who engage with the Community Foundation, and the nonprofits we work closely with, are making progress toward making life better for our region’s residents. This year I am thankful for… Continue reading

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Over 3 million vote “Yes” on Amendment 2!

sh_fb_cover_thankyouOn Tuesday, November 8th, Georgia voters successfully passed Amendment 2, a ballot initiative creating the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund. On behalf of the hundreds of children who are trafficked and exploited in Georgia every year, I would like to thank the over 3 million voters across the state who overwhelmingly voted yes. Continue reading

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