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…

…A group of philanthropists specifically focused on improving education outcomes. They are supporting parents in some of Atlanta’s lowest-performing schools to help their children succeed by partnering with teachers, schools and community groups. Through a larger, collective gift, they are making small grants to fund education sessions around critical issues, parent engagement events at schools and community-building programs in neighborhoods where students live.

…The donor family who has participated in our work for 25 years providing small grants and coaching to neighborhood leaders. A significant bequest from the family patriarch ensures that we can continue to fund hyper-local community projects through our Neighborhood Fund as well as provide funding on a larger scale through our General Operating Support grantmaking.

…A donor who stepped up with a targeted grant that will fund Marta cards to help patients maintain medical appointments and have a way to return home after hospitalization. The impact is significant since some patients delay seeking medical care because they cannot afford transportation, and, in some cases their health conditions worsen.

…An anonymous donor’s contribution to provide support, including the purchase of a bus, that will give home-bound and food-insecure seniors access to nutritious meals.

…A giving circle’s grant to provide supportive services to LGBTQ teens, many of whom have been asked to leave their homes.

…A significant grant to an organization that helps people with disabilities find employment and economic security, given at a critical juncture and time of change for the organization that will provide needed stability.

…And I am also thankful for the work that the nonprofits in our region continue to do to bring effective programs and services to their constituents. I am grateful for the progress we have seen this year.

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