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Two-Year Results of Economic Empowerment Program

Two years ago, thanks to a $1 million gift from The Coca-Cola Company, we launched our third collective impact grant cycle – Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program. This funding has allowed us to support eight local nonprofit organizations, focusing on higher education and asset building for low-income women in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton,…
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Delia Cochran, Inspire Atlanta Facilitator

This month we’re spotlighting AWF volunteer Delia Cochran, who served as facilitator for the 2020 class of Inspire Atlanta. Delia brings a passion and drive to her 30 years of experience, in the fast moving consumer goods industry and the healthcare industry. She has a depth of knowledge and practical application in leadership development and…
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Proving COVID-19 Health Care for Vulnerable Women and Children

This month’s guest contributor is Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc.’s (CAPN) Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives, Diamond Moseley. She details the impact of COVID-19 and how the clinic is managing. Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc. (CAPN) is a grantee of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project and a recipient…
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Communications Internship Fall 2020

We are seeking a Communications Intern for fall semester 2020. Under the supervision of the Director of Communications, the Communications Intern will assist with the development and execution of AWF’s digital marketing and communications as well as have opportunities to be involved with AWF fundraising events and mission programming. The Communications Intern will gain hands…
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A Dynamic Duo!

Mother-daughter duo Dr. Shelia Payton and Bethani Payton-Thomas are dedicated AWF volunteers. Dr. Payton, a board certified Chiropractic Physician and founder of Wellspring Health and Wellness, was a member of the inaugural Inspire Atlanta class in 2018. Through her mother’s involvement with AWF, Bethani also became a volunteer and they’ve both been active and avid…
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How COVID-19 is Affecting Domestic Violence Survivors

The Center for Pan Asian Community Services is an AWF Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing grantee and a recipient of the first round of COVID-19 Grantee Relief funds. Alnory Gutlay, Programs Director for the Domestic Violence Department and HIV, shares how COVID-19 is impacting CPACS’ clients and how the organization has adapted its services.…
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First Round of COVID-19 Grantee Relief Fund Recipients

This month AWF granted $120,000 to six nonprofit organizations for the first round of grants as part of our COVID-19 Grantee Relief Fund. The six recipients are Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Latin American Association, Mercy Care, and Nicholas House. The funds will support the organizations’…
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Finding Inspiration to Fundraise During a Crisis

When the COVID-19 pandemic began significantly impacting the U.S. in March and leaders started issuing shelter-in-place orders, AWF’s current class of Inspire Atlanta participants were in the middle of their six-month program, which includes a personal fundraising campaign. Questions arose if fundraising would even be possible not only during a pandemic, but during a massive…
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How the CARES Act Impacts Women

Thank you to Kim Hartsock, CPA and Megan Randolph, CPA from Warren Averett for helping to breakdown and explain the recently passed federal relief package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). While men are more likely to be physically and medically affected by COVID-19, much conversation has been had…
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Our work continues: A message from Kari Love

AWF exists to help women and girls thrive, and together during this unprecedented time, we will continue to do what we can to support the women and girls of Atlanta. To ensure better outcomes for our community at large, AWF is being proactive, considerate, and mindful in our response to COVID-19. Please see the following…
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Women’s History Month 2020 Events

For Women’s History Month 2020, we’ve put together a list of events happening around Metro Atlanta to celebrate.  We’ll be updating this list as needed.  If you have any event you’d like to share for this list, please email us at info@atlantawomen.org. Ongoing throughout March Every Wednesday at 6 pm, Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL)…
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Breaking Barriers

As we close out January and Poverty Awareness Month, AWF’s Executive Vice President of Mission DiShonda Hughes writes about the challenges facing low-income women and girls in our community and how AWF is helping to break the barriers.  “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” ― Martin…
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Building Generational Wealth

This month’s guest blogger is Shari Oliver, founder of The Generational Wealth Foundation. Gen Wealth’s mission is to foster wealth principles among socio-economically diverse populations, drive wealth accumulation, and reduce the wealth gap. The ability to earn and accumulate wealth determines whether families can leave poverty and achieve economic security. Wealth building helps women and…
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Communications Internship Spring 2020

We are seeking a dynamic Communications Intern for spring semester 2020. Because AWF is a small, nimble organization, the Communications Intern will gain hands on communications and nonprofit experience and opportunities to work with all staff. Under the supervision of the Director of Communications, the Communications Intern will assist with the development and execution of…
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Growing Small Businesses

This month’s guest blogger is Sandra Font, director of the ACE Women’s Business Center (WBC). Sandra writes about the work Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) is doing to help business owners and entrepreneurs thrive. ACE is part of AWF’s Women’s Pathway to Success Program and is the 2019 Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award honoree.…
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Latina Leadership Institute

This month’s contributor to our blog is Mónica Cucalón, the Managing Director of Economic Empowerment at the Latin American Association (LAA). Mónica writes about LAA’s Latina Leadership Institute, which works to empower low-income Latina immigrants through direct services, partnerships and advocacy. LAA receives funding from AWF for their Latina Leadership Institute through our Women’s Pathway…
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$1.2 Million Impact

In 1986, a group of visionary women founded The Atlanta Women’s Fund as part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta with a collective donation of $10,000. In 1998, that fund had grown in importance and credibility, becoming an independent organization, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF). Since our founding in 1998, AWF has invested over…
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Look Inside Inspire Atlanta

We wanted to share what our 2019 Inspire Atlanta class has been up to since orientation in March. They are an amazing group of 40 women, and we’re proud of their collective effort to lift up women and girls in our community. Here are a few highlights: Poverty Simulation The first programmatic event after orientation…
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With Gratitude.

As June comes to a close, so does The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s fiscal year, which means, we also say good-bye to Board Members who are terming off.  This year we bid farewell to five incredible Board Members, including our Board Chair, one of the first men to join the AWF Board, and three Members who…
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Changing Lives Changing Generations

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we wanted to highlight one of our Promoting Women and Girls’ Mental Health & Wellbeing Project grantees, House of Dawn. House of Dawn provides a stable home for pregnant and parenting teen moms and their children under adult supervision. AWF funding supports House…
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Budgeting for Life

This past summer, AWF launched our latest grant program – Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program, which focuses on higher education and asset building for low-income women in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. One of the current organizations that is a part of the grantee cohort is Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM). This…
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Inspiring Women to Lead

In the U.S., March is Women’s History Month and it is an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring women who have contributed to and shaped our country and the world. At AWF, we not only recognize past and present contributions of women, but look to the future as well. Today we launch the 2019 class of…
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Building Better Futures Through Education

This month we’re hearing from Kerry McArdle, Executive Director of Literacy Action, on the importance of adult education and literacy. Literacy Action is a part of the grantee cohort for our Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program and is this year’s recipient of our annual Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award. Literacy Action is this…
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Why Women on Board

High-Functioning Nonprofit Board Members Learn What Works – and Utilize Knowledge & Leadership Skills to Make an Impact by Terri Theisen, Theisen Consulting   Eighteen years ago, the forward-thinking leadership of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation launched the Women on Board initiative as a way to expand women’s leadership and influence in community organizations. The special…
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Economic Empowerment

$100. That is the median net-worth for single African American women. For single Hispanic women, it’s $120. When a woman has limited to no assets, how can she cope with a financial emergency or build for the future? She can’t. But at AWF, we are working to make a change. We’re excited to announce the…
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2018 Women in Healthcare

Women in Healthcare presents the documentary film, ANGST. This film explores teenage anxiety and depression- its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. This event will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4:30pm-7:30pm. The program will be at held at AMC Phipps Plaza 14 and the reception will be held at…
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Upcoming Events

This year’s Women in Law will be “A Conversation with Judy Smith“, Crisis Management Expert, lawyer, and the inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal. She will be speaking with KISS 104.1 and B-98.5 morning news anchor Condace Pressley about her professional experiences in crisis management, politics and building a business. The event will take…
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The (Mental) Weight of Poverty

“One of the most consistently replicated findings in the social sciences has been the negative relationship of socioeconomic status with mental illness: the lower the socioeconomic status of an individual, the higher the risk of mental illness” (Hudson 2005, 1). The lives of women in generational poverty are filled with many challenges, often compounding each…
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Asset Building Key to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

As April is National Financial Literacy Month, we want to talk asset building, as an aspect of financial literacy, and the critical role it plays in helping low-income women become economically self-sufficient. In the five-country metro Atlanta area, there are 320,000 women and girls living in poverty, who lack sufficient resources to avoid living paycheck…
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Activate in April!

April is National Volunteer Month and we are bringing to you opportunities to get involved and volunteer with several of our current grantees. Being involved in your community will not only connect you closer to your neighborhood, but can also help you transform your own life through uplifting others. Volunteering can help you develop new…
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In His Own Words

By: Mark Wasserman, Managing Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP; Co-Chief Executive Officer, Eversheds Sutherland Limited To close out this year’s Women’s History Month, AWF Board Member Mark Wasserman shares why he is proud to serve on The Atlanta Women’s Foundation Board of Directors and to be a champion for women and girls in our community.…
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Inspire Atlanta: Transforming Women’s Lives through Leadership & Philanthropy

By: Ashley Gravlee, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Novelis Inc. The Atlanta Women’s Foundation is launching a new initiative called Inspire Atlanta, a leadership program for professional women looking to ignite their passion to create positive change for women in Atlanta. The goal of the program is to provide women with an opportunity to develop personally,…
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Paula Goodman

Paula Goodman: a passionate advocate for women and girls

June is a bittersweet time for AWF because we usually have to say good-bye to Board Members who have completed their terms of service. This year is particularly difficult because our incredible Board Chair Paula Goodman steps down. Involved with the Foundation for over 10 years, Paula is one of our most passionate advocates! Her…
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Join The Atlanta Women's Foundation for a Day of Service

Join AWF for a Day of Service

AWF corporate partner Novelis is hosting a home build for a single mother and her two daughters through AWF grantee partner Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. AWF staff will be participating on Friday, July 7, 2017 and we invite any of our donors, supporters and volunteers to join us. (Additional dates are also available.) We’re excited to…
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Mother and Son

A Mother’s Prayer: Treat My Son as an Individual

By: Lauretta Farmer May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The primary efforts of Mental Health Awareness Month are to reduce the negative stigma surrounding mental illness and to advocate for equal healthcare options for all people with mental health conditions. Mental health is an important focus area of our work at The Atlanta Women’s Foundation…
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National Volunteer Month

Give Your Community A Hand

Being involved in your community will not only connect you closer to your neighborhood, but can also help you transform your own life through uplifting others. Volunteering can help you develop new skills and knowledge from working on different projects, and gives you the opportunity to expose yourself to different experiences. Lifetime friendships may also…
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Equality vs. Equity

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we wanted to explore the concept of equality versus equity and how it applies to the work of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. So what is the difference between these two concepts? Equality is when resources are distributed evenly; everyone receives an equal share. While equality is definitely…
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Women's History Month

Celebrating Women’s History Month in Atlanta

For Women’s History Month, we’ve pulled together a listing of events happening throughout the metro Atlanta area during the month of March.  The events range from film screenings to lectures to conferences.   March 2 Black Women Film Summit Weekend From Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5, the Black Women Film Network will be…
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Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project Exceeds Expectations in Year One

Since 2015, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation has invested $500,000 in the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project with the support of the Kaiser Permanente Foundation of Georgia. The goal of the project is to increase mental and behavioral health services provided to women living at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines (For a…
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20 years of celebrating women and girls

20 Years of Celebrating Women & Girls

As plans are finalized for the 20th The Atlanta Women’s Foundation Numbers Too Big to Ignore Luncheon featuring Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda, who also spoke for the inaugural luncheon, it is fun to recall planning the first luncheon. The impact from revenues generated during 20 years of luncheon success could not have been predicted…
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Thank you in many languages

There Aren’t Enough Languages to Say "Thank You"

As June comes to a close, so does The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s fiscal year, which means, unfortunately, we also say good-bye to Board members who are terming off.  This year is particularly bittersweet as the five women who will be leaving our Board have been true champions for AWF in our fight to remove the…
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Breaking Cycles of Generational Poverty: Positioning Teen Moms for Success

In recognition of May being Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we invited current AWF grant recipient Families First to discuss the importance of preventing teenage pregnancy and how it affects the lives of young women and their families.  Families First received funding for their TeenAge Pregnancy and Parenting Program (TAPP) as part of our 2015 Spring…
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Pledge for Parity

#PledgeForParity – International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  We have much to celebrate today, but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places. The parity issues faced around the world can be seen…
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Increasing Access To Child Care Helps Georgia’s Women and The State’s Economy

At The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, we know that advocacy is one of the most effective ways to combat the sort of interrelated root causes of social problems and systemic factors that are detailed in our Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty in Metro Atlanta research findings.  Recently, AWF formed a Public Policy & Community Education…
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