Nonprofit in Training: Grove Park Renewal

Grove Park Renewal was started as an effort to empower neighbors through quality, dignified housing. Much of the housing in Grove Park was dilapidated and owned by absentee landlords who had little interest in fostering community. Grove Park Renewal is developing these properties for the benefit of the current neighbors.  Grove Park Renewal is a community development nonprofit on the westside …

Nonprofit in Training: BeCompelled

Be Compelled mentors at risk boys and girls on the Westside of Atlanta, using a vehicle of sports.  Their volunteer mentors (mostly college students from nearby universities) work with the students to develop through personal and athletic achievement. Over 850 kids are being served by programs in flag football, lacrosse, soccer and self-defense. Chris Miller, Executive Director, shared these thoughts …

Ministry in Training: Exceptional Foundation of Atlanta

The Exceptional Foundation of Atlanta provides a day program for adults with disabilities (such as down’s syndrome, autism, etc.) as they transition from high school to adult services. They seek to provide a solution to this serious and continually growing problem. They provide a comprehensive day program that provides facilities and programming designed to meet the social and recreational needs …

April 18: Fundraising Training for Board Members

A key factor in a nonprofit’s success is the board’s participation in fundraising. And yet, studies show that fewer than half of the organizations surveyed had board members strongly participating in donor identification, prospecting, and asking for gifts.  Board members have a passion for the mission, but too often are frustrated when they are asked to help with fundraising, as they are …

January 25: Best Practices for Board Members

Do you wish some of your board members had a better idea of their responsibilities to your organization? If you do, consider asking them to attend The LEAD workshop for Board Members. The training is a dynamic combination of lecture and discussion with a focus on best practices based on feedback from major Atlanta foundations. In this training session, your board will gain a clearer understanding …

Ministry in Training: Kenya Connection Kids

Kenya Connection Kids started as a ministry of Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Acworth in 2007.  Focusing on Chuka, Kenya they provide a children’s home for 37 kids, and also support 150 local children by providing food, clothing, and education fees. This is an all-volunteer run nonprofit.  Two board members, Denise Benson and Michelle Marshall are attending LEAD. “We have …

Having an Impact in Costa Rica: Saving Hearts Together

Saving Hearts Together is a program serving children ages 8-18 removed from the sex trade in Costa Rica.  They provide safe lodging, specially trained staff and caregivers, innovative therapy, and life skill developments on site in Costa Rica. It was founded by Maria Feverjary in 2017. They have completed a two-year pilot program, serving thirty-one girls.  In the program they developed …

Join us for Lunch and Learns

Join the LEAD Institute and other nonprofit leaders for our Fall Lunch and Learn Series!  Dates and topics include: August 29 – Instagram Essentials for Nonprofits, presented by Christina Edwards of Splendid Consulting (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-lunch-and-learn-series-instagram-essentials-for-nonprofits-tickets-65044771663) September 26 – Turning Vision into Reality through Strategic Execution, presented by Jared Simmons of Outlast Consulting (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-lunch-and-learn-series-strategic-execution-tickets-65048342343) October 24 – Praying for Change: Developing a …

Ministry in Training: Judy House

Judy House provides housing resources, and health and relational hope for those in need, with a focus on homeless men in Gwinnett, most of who’ve been in the correctional system. Paul Epperson and Dan Capobianco started Judy House in 2013 with their first home, and have added a second house since then. Paul believes “Our goal is to not just …

Class 22 Graduates

Congratulations to our newest LEAD graduates. Final graduation presentations were made by Matt McGee, Feed My Lambs, Maria Fejervary, Saving Hearts Together, Kavian Baker, Sisters for Society, and Liz Head, The LEAD Institute. Each has completed our ten month training program for nonprofit leaders. Thanks to our panel for their great work providing customer feedback. Cathy Hall from The Betty …