Community Foundation of West Georgia Issues $300,009 to 34 Local Nonprofit Organizations

A total of 34 nonprofit organizations in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties received $300,009 Wednesday from the Community Foundation of West Georgia’s Community Impact Fund.  The money was awarded at a luncheon featuring guest speaker Janine Firpo, deputy director - Financial Services for the Poor, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Firpo and her team design philanthropic and impact investments to bring poor people out of poverty by including them in the formal economy.  Janine has more than 35 years of experience in information technology with the last 20 focused on using information technology and business thinking to solve challenging social and development problems.

“Congratulations to our 2016 Community Impact Grant recipients. We appreciate their innovation, determination and dedication in everything they do.  These grants will make a difference in the quality of life in our community, but we would like to be able to support even more programs if greater funds were available.  This year many worthwhile local projects and needs were not funded as we received requests for $535,068, but only had $300,009 available to distribute,” Kim Jones, president of the Foundation, said.

Funds were distributed through a competitive grant process as six panels of 56 local citizens considered requests, assisted the Foundation in the review and analysis of the applications and made recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors.  Local nonprofit organizations, faith-based and government agencies are eligible to apply for grants. 

Since the first grants were issued from the Community Impact Fund in 2004, a total of $3.6 million has been distributed to local organizations, supporting human services, arts and culture, environmental, economic development, education, medical and hospice programs.

“The Community Impact Fund offers donors a unique opportunity to make a difference in their community no matter how much they can give.  Donors can benefit our community for good, forever because every cent is invested so that it can multiply and impact our community for years to come,” said Jones.  “When people give they can be confident that the Foundation is a good steward of their donations, and they can see the difference their donations are making.”

2016 Community Impact Fund Grant Recipients
Arts & Culture
  • Bowdon Area Historical Society: display cases for museum
  • Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park: interactive website
  • Carrollton Artists Guild: Carrollton Arts Festival children’s activities
  • W. P. Sewell Memorial Library in Bremen: “Artist at the Library”
Economic Development
  • Carroll Tomorrow, Inc.: Carroll Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Grow Haralson, Inc.: Dub Denman Canoe Trail Launch Site
  • Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum: graduate intern
  • Carroll County Community Action Team: Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
  • Communities in Schools of Carrollton and Carroll County: services for at-risk students
  • Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy for Haralson County: books
  • Heard County Community Partnership, Inc.: Heard Education Rewards of Excellence
  • Learning Always Means Progress, Inc.: Stay in School
  • Literacy for Today and Tomorrow, Inc.: “West Side Story”
  • Village Rica Public Library: “technology to go”
  • West Georgia Technical College Foundation: GED Hot Spot Class
Environmental Improvement
  • City of Carrollton: Hobb’s Farm Park signage
  • Bremen Junior Women’s Club: Bremen Veterans Memorial Park garden
  • Keep Carroll Beautiful, Inc.: litter prevention program
  • Keep Haralson Beautiful: litter prevention and education
Human Services
  • Blake House: passenger van
  • Bremen Food and Clothing, Inc.: storage facility
  • Carroll County Child Advocacy Center, Inc.: child and family therapy programs
  • KidsPeace: Bowdon campus expansion
  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church: Manna House food pantry
  • St. Margaret Community Outreach: general assistance
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society: emergency aid
  • SPARK: mentoring activities and supplies
  • University of West Georgia Foundation: counseling
Medical & Hospice
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc.: Strong4Life school nutrition program
  • Hope for the Journey, Inc.: breast cancer patient and survivor support
  • Positive Response, Inc.: HIV and hepatitis C crisis testing
  • Rapha Clinic of West Georgia, Inc. (Temple): expanding dental care for uninsured
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