Time to support our local nonprofits

It’s not always easy stepping out on your own. It is the fear of the unknown and questions of whether you can make it work.

Such is the case with various nonprofits in Coweta County. Many have joined together and decided to drop out of the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Instead, they are forming their own United Way-type organization for Coweta nonprofits, to be known as The Coweta Community Foundation. The goal is to keep donations in Coweta for Coweta non-profits.

We applaud the move.

There are various reasons for the decision. One, the Atlanta branch has narrowed to whom it will give donations, meaning some Coweta nonprofits would no longer receive funding. Second, donating to the Atlanta United Way is almost like giving to a giant black hole. If it is not specified where the money should go, there is no assurance it will come back to Coweta.

We are in no way attacking the United Way. Overall, it is a wonderful program that enables individuals, employees and employers to give to charities. But we believe donations given by Coweta residents should remain in Coweta, unless the donor specifically states otherwise.

Our county is blessed with multiple nonprofits that work with the mentally handicapped, elderly, children at risk, abuse, food pantries and much more. It is up to us to take care of our own.

Will the new Coweta Community Foundation succeed? We hope so. But the end result will be up to us as a community. We encourage everyone to join in this new endeavor and keep our nonprofits fiscally strong and able to do what they are dedicated to doing.



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