By Lesley Grady, senior vice president of community, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The Community Foundation may have Atlanta in its name, but it truly is the ‘greater Atlanta’ region that is our focus. Our mission is to make our region stronger by supporting nonprofit organizations doing great work for our neighbors. To that end, we have localized funds in three counties, Clayton, Morgan and Newton, that we call our Spark! Local Fund grants because they are igniting nonprofits in a hyper-local way.
Funding for our Spark! Local Fund grants is provided through contributions from local residents as well as matching funds from the Community Foundation. Grantmaking is guided by local advisory committees who help connect the Community Foundation with the nonprofits doing the most effective work in their counties. The money raised locally stays locally.
Last week our Spark Morgan! advisory committee hosted a grant award and recognition celebration for its most recent grantees: Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, Humane Society of Morgan County, Madison-Morgan Conservancy, Meals on Main, Mentoring One Madison and the Morgan County African-American Museum.
These nonprofits are addressing some of Morgan County’s greatest needs like animal welfare, education, environmental preservation and nutrition while also providing local residents with opportunities for unique and enriching cultural experiences.
Since its creation in 2003, the Spark Morgan! Fund has granted more than $350,000 to nonprofits in the county. In addition to providing annual grants, the Spark Morgan! Fund offers philanthropic learning opportunities and community awareness activities, all with the goal of building philanthropy and improving the quality of life in Morgan County. You can learn more about our local funds on our website.