Balser Giving Circle awards $25,000 in grants
By Christy Eckoff, managing director, philanthropic counsel, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
At the Community Foundation, making grants is an essential part of what we do. In my work, I also get to collaborate with professional advisors who are helping their clients achieve their own philanthropic goals. The Balser Professional Advisors Council’s giving circle is where those two elements merge and I get to help advisors think about what matters in their own giving and help them make a collective grant.
The giving circle recently awarded a total of $25,000 in grants to three organizations working to improve opportunities for at-risk youth in the Thomasville Heights neighborhood. The Greening Youth Foundation received a $20,000 award to support its Urban Youth Corps: Thomasville Heights. Chris 180 and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (ALVF) each received a $2,500 grant.
The Balser Professional Advisors Council is a network of professional advisors including accountants, wealth managers and estate planning attorneys who have demonstrated an interest in philanthropy, both personally and professionally. The group is a joint program of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta to provide opportunities for education, knowledge sharing and networking. Through the giving circle, participants learn more about their community and the challenges faced by local residents. Members pool funding to award grants to nonprofits, allowing for a more significant, collective contribution.
The grant to the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) will support its Urban Youth Corps: Thomasville Heights. The grant will provide activities that support low-income young adults from the Thomasville Heights neighborhood, providing hard and soft skills training to five youth interns along with a stipend for their participation in the program. Urban Youth Corps: Thomasville Heights introduces youth the natural environment while encouraging them to continue their pursuit of green jobs and opportunities in environmental and conservation fields.
The Chris 180 grant will assist youth and young parents who are aging out of fostercare or who are homeless and provide funding for everyday essentials. The grant to AVLF will allow for professional legal counseling to help residents fight unlawful evictions and enable family stability.