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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A day to celebrate philanthropy

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

On November 1, the Community Foundation was proud to be the title sponsor for National Philanthropy Day. This annual event presented by the Association for Fundraising Professionals is a day to celebrate generosity, passion and impact. Continue reading

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Why does Amendment 2 need you?

On November 8, we have an important choice to make. Will we stand together as Georgians to help child victims of trafficking and exploitation? Or, will we turn our backs on those whose lives have been tragically changed by predators who have tricked and coerced them into being sold for sex? As members of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and as mothers, we believe the choice is clear. Vote yes on Amendment 2 on the general election ballot. Continue reading

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The Ballad of the Four Ballot Measures

By Kathy Palumbo, director, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

In 1954, Congress added language to Treasury regulations requiring 501(c)(3) nonprofits to be nonpartisan. This has been seen as restrictive and opportunistic.  We prefer to think of this as a way to offer an opinion about a variety of issues that impact the nonprofit sector and the communities we serve. Continue reading

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Sharing My “Why”

A look at why I choose to support the youth in my community

As the son of a high school English teacher and factory worker, my parents made clear to me as a child that education was my top priority and a stepping stone to a better life. Nonetheless, they realized that they could not sustain my focus alone. My parents depended heavily on local volunteers from the marching band, my church, oratorical contests and a variety of other outlets to ignite a hunger for success. Realizing that resources and opportunities are fewer now for teens than what I received in the 1990’s, I’m compelled to support the well-being of youth through my career, volunteerism and philanthropy. Continue reading

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Philanthropy is a family affair

Erin Drury Boorn, senior philanthropic advisor, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Erin Drury Boorn, senior philanthropic advisor, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

By Erin Drury Boorn, senior philanthropic advisor, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

This past week the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta hosted Coventry Edwards-Pitt, author of Raised Healthy, Wealthy and Wise for our annual Center for Family Philanthropy event. This event is a chance for our donors to learn more about how they want to work with their family to pass on their core values and share their philanthropic interests. The Center for Family Philanthropy was started in 2001 as a program to actively engage our donors and their families in philanthropy by hosting multigenerational family meetings, providing funding recommendations and taking families on site visits to nonprofits. Continue reading

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Creating a LINC to like-minded professionals

According to the late, great Muhammad Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” His words serve as a cornerstone for the reason I’m a community volunteer. Continue reading

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The right tools build a stronger nonprofit

Lita Pardi, senior program officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Lita Pardi

By Lita Pardi, senior program officer, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

When considering investing in a nonprofit organization, many donors direct their support to programs that give them a clear picture of what they are supporting – books for children learning to read or employment skills training for those who want to get better-paying jobs. Although investing in programs is important, I am here to challenge you to consider making an investment that will strengthen an organization from within. Continue reading

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Building better boards — and professional connections — one VIP at a time

Listening in on a conversation between two United Way VIP alumni, you’d be excused for thinking you were among graduates of a beloved alma mater. Over the past 24 years, United Way of Greater Atlanta has welcomed more than 2,000 professionals to its Volunteer Involvement Program, forming bonds among leaders of diverse backgrounds and enhancing nonprofit board readiness for some of our community’s most passionate individuals. Continue reading

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Beyond Books with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

By Lauren Jeong

For those of us who work in nonprofits or philanthropy, we know it takes more than studying fundraising models or learning how to read a 990 to be effective. Working in this sector takes experience with our audience, clear communication, innovative problem solving and overcoming the fear of making your very first fundraising ask. Continue reading

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