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Georgia Grantmakers Alliance

The Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA) is a nonpartisan group open to all private grantmakers, regardless of SECF membership. GGA was founded in 2010 and is supported by generous grants and registration fees for programs. GGA was founded to:

CONVENE

Bring private grantmakers in Georgia together to strengthen our connections.

LEARN

Explore together statewide issues, connections to public policy, and the implications for grantmaking.

EDUCATE

Share our learning within and beyond the grantmaking community to promote sound public policy.

CONNECT

Expand our reach by connecting with partners who share common interests.

Build Connections With Colleagues

"The Georgia Grantmakers Alliance is the learning community for philanthropy in our state. The meetings provide us with an opportunity to meet with colleagues from the big and small places across Georgia - because our connections need to be deeper than virtual. Being together for a few hours like this allows us to connect in a lasting way."

Atiba Mbiwan
Associate Director, The Zeist Foundation

Expanding Impact Throughout Georgia

"The network and connections made through GGA are enduring and supportive, especially for those of us who work in rural communities. Our Foundation is able to have ‘outsized’ impact from practices and programs we hear about through our colleagues within the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance. In fact, we have brought effective programs to meet the needs of our community as a result of what we have learned."

Alston Watt
Executive Director, Williams Family Foundation of Georgia

Explore Statewide Issues

"The daylong program offered by GGA allows us to address a central theme and drill down deeper for a more thorough investigation. The discussion leads to a more thoughtful response to needs and opportunities and helps us ask more meaningful questions."

John Stephenson
Executive Director, J. Bulow Campbell Foundation

Events hosted by the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance are great way to learn about the issues confronting our state and connect with a network of grantmakers who share an interest in Georgia's people and communities. Our programs include a day-long Annual Meeting and several Lunch & Learn opportunities throughout the year. We employ teleconference technology whenever possible to allow for remote participation.

Lunch & Learn

Join us for our next Lunch & Learn on October 24, focused on challenges and opportunities for Georgia's healthcare consumers. Click below to register!

Strategic Blueprint

The GGA Blueprint was developed with deep engagement from our philanthropic community. As many as 120 Georgia grantmakers – all types and sizes, from around the state – contributed to this plan. Through this Blueprint, GGA will work with greater purpose and a clearer strategy to connect and educate grantmakers and leverage philanthropy's impact in Georgia.

  • Annual Meeting


2018: Building Blocks of Early Childhood
This year’s meeting provides an in-depth look at early childhood. Research shows that the earlier our children receive the educational, emotional and social support they need, the more likely they are to succeed later on in life. However, far too many children in our state, especially those born into already challenging circumstances, don’t receive the help they need, effectively starting life at a disadvantage. For philanthropy to effectively address this issue, grantmakers must understand why early support is so necessary and also learn about promising trends and best practices that we can help bring to our own communities, in partnership with a variety of sectors, including health care, state government and local school districts. We hope you walk away from this meeting not only with a greater understanding of this issue, but also the connections – with fellow grantmakers and others – that will allow you to support Georgia’s children in an effective and meaningful way.
Event Program
Speaker Presentations:
Ensuring Quality Care & Learning from Birth to Five (Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs, Georgia Dept. of Early Care and Learning)
Brain Games by GEEARS (Dr. Stan Sonu, Emory School of Medicine at Grady)
Video Presentations:
Don't Worry, I Got This
Change the First Five Years and you Change Everything
Additional Resources:
News from GEEARS (May 23, 2018)
An Unexpected Policy to Help Mothers and Children Thrive
Three out of Four Illinois Kids Aren't Ready for Kindergarten. Why That's a Problem.
'Broken' Economics Impacts Preschool Workers, Child Care
 
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The current rosters of leadership that represent the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance.


Steering Committee

Suzanna Stribling
(Chair)

The Wilbur & Hilda Glenn Family Foundation

Speer Burdette (Treasurer)
Callaway Foundation

Mark Crosswell
R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation

Kathryn Dennis
Community Foundation for Central Georgia

Robbo Hatcher
Georgia Pine Level Foundation

Pat Lummus
Sartain Lanier Family Foundation

Allen Mast
SunTrust

Atiba Mbiwan
The Zeist Foundation

Betsy Verner
J. Bulow Campbell Foundation

Sonia Vick
Williams Family Foundation of Georgia

Yvonne Whitaker
NCR Foundation

Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Lynn Pattillo
(Chair)

Pittulloch Foundation

Mindy Binderman
GEEARS

Marie Foster
The Zeist Foundation

Andrea Young Kellum
Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Lizzy Smith
Woodruff and Whitehead Foundations

Marty Sonenshine
Anverse

Policy Committee

Bobbi Cleveland (Chair)
The Tull Charitable Foundation

Bonnie Hardage
Jesse Parker Williams Foundation


Robbo Hatcher
Georiga Pine Level Foundation


Erik Johnson
Robert W. Woodruff and Whitehead Foundations

Christine Reeves Strigaro
The Sapelo Foundation


Clare Ritchie
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Yvonne Whitaker
NCR Foundation


Steering Committee Nominations Task Force

Allen Mast (Chair)
SunTrust


Kathryn Dennis
Community Foundation for Central Georgia

Robbo Hatcher
Georgia Pine Level Foundation


Atiba Mbiwan
The Zeist Foundation


Suzanna Stribling
The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation


Development Committee

Mark Crosswell
R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation


Pat Lummus
Sartain Lanier Family Foundation


Suzanna Stribling
The Wilbur & Hilda Glenn Family Foundation

​​​Communications and Engagement Committee

Sonia Vick (Chair)
Williams Family Foundation of Georgia

Betsy Verner
J. Bulow Campbell Foundation


Taking Measure Survey Task Force

Jennie Blake (Chair)
Cox Foundations


Maria Azuri
Foundation Center


Karen Beavor
Georgia Center for Nonprofits


Erik Johnson
Robert W. Woodruff and Whitehead Foundations

Janine Lee
Southeastern Council of Foundations


Stephen Sherman
Southeastern Council of Foundations




GGA is volunteer-led and volunteer-powered – and proudly so. GGA is open to all private grantmakers in the state, regardless of SECF membership, and is supported by grants and fees for programs. We partner with SECF to provide our back office support and with Voices for Georgia's Children to help us with policy analysis.

But we rely on YOU to craft our agenda and make our programs happen. You can help strengthen GGA in the following ways:

1. Add a donation for GGA to your SECF dues. If you are an SECF member, you can add an additional amount to your annual dues payment and designate that portion for GGA.

2. Send a check. You don't have to be an SECF member to support GGA. Make your gift as a check payable to the Southeastern Council of Foundations, write "GGA" on the memo line and mail it to the address below. To send an alternate form of payment, please contact Dena Chadwick at dena@secf.org.

  Georgia Grantmakers Alliance
  c/o Southeastern Council of Foundations
  100 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 2080
  Atlanta, GA 30303
  Attn: Dena Chadwick, Executive Vice President


3. Volunteer. We need your ideas, energy and connections to build great programs. Even if you don't have time to lead a meeting, let us know what you want to learn more about or provide a connection to important experts in your interest area.

4. Host a meeting or site visit. We are always looking for good sites for our meetings, preferably with the capacity for streaming video so we can reach all over the state. If you have access to these types of facilities, let us know!

For general questions, contact Dena Chadwick, SECF’s Executive Vice President, at dena@secf.org or at (404) 524-0911.

Southeastern Council of Foundations
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 2080
Atlanta, GA 30303

Hours: M–F from 9:00am to 6:00pm (ET)

Phone: (404) 524-0911
Fax: (404) 523-5116
Mission: The Southeastern Council of Foundations serves, connects, strengthens and champions philanthropy and philanthropic infrastructure in the South.