Since 2007, Chicory Wealth’s clients have shown their devotion to the betterment of our world by participating in a fundraising endeavor we call Maggie’s Giving Group. In past years, we have designated a theme or category for charity nominations, and you can read why we do that here. But 2020 is a unique year, to say the least, so this year we paused from prioritizing broad categories and encouraged people to nominate any charity of their choice, keeping in mind the criteria for selection.
We received 16 nominations of incredible organizations, proving once again that there is a lot of great work going on in our communities. It was a difficult decision to make, but the two final organizations that were picked were:
Just Bakery of Atlanta is a non-profit that partners with neighbors/community members who resettled as refugees on paid job training, professional certification, and living wage work. They bake with local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible and work to build a more diverse, compassionate, and connected community for all. Just Bakery was founded to be a creative and viable option for next steps in the long-term resettlement process by providing opportunities for their partners to build economic security as they recreate home in the Atlanta area. Just Bakery’s motto: “Eat Well. Do Good. Change Lives.”
In early 2021, Just Bakery of Atlanta’s staff will launch Home Room, a training and learning center in the classroom adjacent to their current kitchen. Newly outfitted with technology and furnishings for group and independent study, Home Room will host instruction, conversation, and preparation for next steps for Just Bakery’s new American trainees as they move toward their vocational goals and economic security. Rebuilding home and life in a new country, culture, and language can be daunting for those who resettle as refugees. Home Room will provide the dedicated space and resources needed for that rebuilding work and the opportunity for our wider community to join our efforts as neighbors and volunteer mentors and tutors.
Out of Hand works at the intersection of art, social justice, and civic engagement. They spark conversations to build a better world by using the tools of theater to support and enhance the work of community partners. Out of Hand produces Equitable Dinners, Shows in Homes, Civic Collaborations, and Creative Kids. Equitable Dinners, monthly online conversations on racial equity featuring art, experts, and small-group conversations, are a partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, The King Center, and Partnership for Southern Equity, among others. Shows in Homes address social issues such as gun violence and mass incarceration, with cocktail parties and conversations with community partners, including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Georgia Justice Project. Through Creative Kids, Out of Hand helps close the opportunity gap for low-income and minority students through free in-school and after school programs at high-poverty schools. Out of Hand Theater has been featured in “The New York Times,” “American Theatre Magazine,” and “All Things Considered.”
Other Nominated Organizations:
Below are the other organizations that were nominated. We encourage you to explore these groups and the fine work they are doing.
Atlanta Musicians Emergency Relief Fund provides emergency aid to professional musicians in Atlanta by creating fundraising opportunities and soliciting donations, keeping a database of resources, supporting live music, facilitating music education for young people, and believing that music makes the world a better place.
Canine Assistants places service dogs with people who have mobility difficulties, Type 1 Diabetes, epilepsy/seizure disorders, and other special needs. They also place service dogs who provide therapy services to children and adults primarily in children’s hospitals and a Disabilities Awareness Education Program and K-9 Kids Reading Program for children.
Founded on the International Charter for Compassion, Compassionate Atlanta engages local individuals, schools, businesses, organizations, congregations and cities around the idea of compassionate action. Their work focuses on providing training, facilitating conversations, providing resources, and bringing greater compassion and kindness into the world, in turn creating healthier, safer and more vibrant communities.
The Ellis Center of Atlanta is a non-profit organization serving children with complex communication needs and multiple disabilities and their community. Its mission is to nurture life-long learners and connect them to their community, focusing on what is possible.
Friends of the Children selects and invites youth – all of whom have unique talents, interests and dreams, and face multiple systemic obstacles – to be paired with a paid, professional mentor called a Friend. Their model is to provide a long-term, professional mentoring program and build sustained and nurturing relationships with youth.
The mission of the Grand Canyon Trust is to safeguard the wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau, while supporting the rights of its Native peoples. They do this through law and policy changes, science and research, and building relationships with individual partners and organizations.
A Home for Everyone in DeKalb is a Collaborative Initiative On Homelessness. Its purpose is to educate, engage, and empower a wider group of organizations and individuals in DeKalb County, GA to accelerate the elimination of homelessness by expanding and providing temporary cold weather shelters and rapid rehousing.
The mission of L’Arche Atlanta is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships; to respond to the changing needs of their members; and to engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society. They envision a world where everyone belongs.
Founded in a church basement, Literacy Action in Atlanta is the oldest, largest, and leading adult basic education nonprofit in the Southeastern United States. Its mission is to build better futures for undereducated adults by teaching literacy, life skills, and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential.
NextGen Atlanta partners with under-resourced high schools in the Atlanta area to create student cohorts, led by teachers and mentored by college students, to connect student interests to the world, visit local colleges and companies, and execute a plan for success after high school.
Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.
The work of Project Glimmer is to build self-confidence in under-served adolescent girls through programs that inspire their ambitions, connect them with a network of peers and mentors, and supplement some of their most basic personal needs.
Root Cause Farm is a non-profit organization creating strong, knowledgeable and empathetic communities by growing and sharing fresh, organic food. A place where people from all divides can work together for a common goal, to eliminate food insecurity. A safe place where all are welcome and where root causes of hunger are brought to light.
Step Ahead Scholars has a mission to eradicate college inequality through informational sessions, one-on-one mentoring, and community outreach initiatives. The goal is to increase the number of underserved students successfully navigating the college admissions and transition process.