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Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

August 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

Metropolitan Atlanta: Civic Health Index 2012

July 11, 2013

At The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we define philanthropy as the giving of time, talent and treasure. We know it takes philanthropy to build thriving communities. We know that thriving communities are engaged communities. They are communities that actively participate in philanthropy and civic engagement. At The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, our mission is to strengthen our 23-county region by providing quality services to donors and innovative leadership on community issues. To accomplish this we have to know how involved metro Atlantans are in philanthropy and civic engagement.In 2012, we joined 20 other states and four other cities in producing an annual Civic Health Index. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has prepared this metro Atlanta focused summary on five data points from the 2012 Georgia Civic Health Index specific to metro Atlanta: participation in formal and informal volunteering; participation in groups; social connectedness; electoral participation; and political action. It is our hope that by knowing where we are as a region that we can understand where we need to go in mobilizing our nearly 5.5 million metro area residents to actively get involved in philanthropy and civic engagement to build a greater metro Atlanta.

Tracking Investment and Engagement: A Regional Portrait

January 27, 2012

Presents survey findings about attitudes toward, motivations for, and activities in community involvement, philanthropic giving, volunteerism, and public policy involvement in the metropolitan Atlanta region as of July 2011. Considers implications.

The Neighborhood Fund: 20 Years of Connecting People, Changing Communities

August 8, 2011

Outlines the premise and strategy behind the initiative, as well as the history, key components, and lessons of the fund for driving positive community change through grants, leadership development, coaching, and partnerships.

Grants to Green -- Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Nonprofits

January 31, 2011

Describes how the Grants to Green initiative is helping Atlanta nonprofits reduce energy and water use while increasing cost efficiency by funding green building assessments and implementation, knowledge sharing, leadership opportunities, and evaluation.

Foreclosure Crisis in Metro Atlanta

September 30, 2010

Summarizes the impact of the foreclosure crisis on metropolitan Atlanta by county, lists potential solutions, and profiles area nonprofits focused on addressing the crisis and community development.

Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Opportunities Initiative: Building Capacity for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

August 10, 2010

Describes an initiative to offer support and resources to youth aging out of foster care, including individual development and debit accounts and access to education, jobs, health care, and housing. Outlines impact, CFGA's role, and lessons learned.

Center for Family Philanthropy: Helping Families Grow in New Directions

May 17, 2010

Outlines the center's multi-generational approach and the information, resources, and customized service it offers to help donors expand their philanthropic engagement and connect with effective nonprofits. Includes donor profiles.

Impact Philanthropy: Arts & Culture

October 14, 2009

Provides an overview of Atlanta area arts and cultural organizations; the role of the arts in education, youth engagement, community development, and support for underserved populations; and the foundation's support for the arts between 2005 and 2009.

Chicago Music City

August 1, 2007

Chicago Music City compares the strength and vitality of music industries and scenes across the United States. Sociologists, urban planners, and real-estate developers point to quality of life and availability of cultural amenities as important indicators of the health and future success of urban areas. Economic impact studies show the importance of music to local economies. This publication compares Chicago's musical strength with the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., focusing on 11 comparison cities: Chicago and its demographic peers, New York and Los Angeles, and eight other cities with strong musical reputations -- Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Las Vegas, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans and Seattle.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta's Community Report: How Health Affects Our Community

May 1, 2007

Provides local HIV/AIDS statistics and profiles the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund's work in prevention education; community-based housing, nutrition, and legal services; and advocacy. Highlights successful approaches and grantees' projects.

Driven to Spend: Pumping Dollars Out of Our Households and Communities

June 1, 2005

This report examines the impacts of transportation spending on households in the 28 metro areas for which the federal government collects expenditure data and of rising gas prices on both households and regional economies. It finds that households in regions that have invested in public transportation reap financial benefits from having access to affordable mobility options, even as gas prices rise, and that regions with public transit are losing less per household from the increase in gas prices than those without transit options.