Published Saturday, February 02, 2013
By ALEX MCRAE
Many Coweta residents may not be aware that, since 2000, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and its donors have invested more than $1.3 million in Coweta County.
The total represents 28 gifts shared between 21 nonprofits.
This information was shared Friday at a presentation to the Newnan Rotary Club by Alicia Philipp, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. During her presentation at Newnan Country Club, Philipp shared insights about philanthropy, community involvement and civic engagement in Coweta County and the metro Atlanta region. She also suggested steps community leaders can take to improve the local community.
The Community Foundation connects donors and nonprofits together to make positive community change through philanthropy in the 23-county metro Atlanta region. The Foundation’s investment includes grantmaking and relationship building that has led to partnerships positively impacting people and places in Coweta County.
• Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity received a $45,000 unrestricted grant to support their operations from the foundation’s Common Good Funds.
• Community Welcome House received a $22,000 grant from the foundation’s Grants to Green program enabling the nonprofit to make “green” improvements to its facility for cost savings and environmental stewardship.
• Piedmont Newnan Hospital received a $50,000 Grants to Green award to support the capital costs associated with the hospital’s 2011 capital campaign. The grant offset approximately 40 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing its “Purple Pipe,” which will save $36,000 in annual maintenance costs and reduce excess pollution in the environment.
Philipp also shared with Rotarians the results of an in-depth study commissioned by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to track the investment and engagement of residents in the 23-county metro Atlanta area around four key areas: Community Involvement, Philanthropic Giving, Volunteerism, and Public Policy Involvement.
Highlights from the “Tracking Investment and Engagement: A Regional Portrait” study include:
• Metro Atlanta residents are generous. Two-thirds of residents donated money to support causes that are important to them in 2010 and half volunteered their time.
• Important issues to residents are education, children and youth, human services, and disaster preparedness and relief.
• Faith matters. One-third of respondents made at least half of their gifts to religion and spiritual development. And one of every ten gives exclusively to religion and spiritual development.
• Of respondents, 59 percent considered voting a “very effective” action to influence elected officials and public policy; yet in 2010, just 36 percent reported participating in political activities, including voting.
There remains great opportunity to grow philanthropy, which includes giving money but also time and expertise through volunteering; one-third of residents are currently not giving money at all and half are not giving time.
“I see a glass that is half full,” Philipp said. “It is terrific that an overwhelming majority of metro Atlantans are generous and interested in helping improve quality of life in the community. I challenge even more residents to get involved in the nonprofits and neighborhood organizations that are addressing needs in your community.
“The Rotary Club serves as a wonderful example of bringing committed individuals together, business and professional leaders, to be the change they want to see in the community. They help make a positive difference in Coweta County. Their motto ‘service over self’ represents exactly what will help strengthen and move this region further and the people who live in it.”
Named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans,” Alicia Philipp has served as president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for 35 years. With more than $724 million in assets, the foundation strengthens the 23-county Atlanta region by providing quality services to donors and innovative leadership on community issues. In 2011, the foundation awarded more than $70 million in grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations locally, nationally and internationally. For more information on the foundation visit www.cfgreateratlanta.org .