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For Immediate Release


Andrea Berry
Communications Manager

General Operating Support and the Two Georgias Initiative Highlight Second Quarter Grant Awards

Grants feature $812,200 in awards: funding for general operating support in preparation for the Foundation’s Two Georgias initiative addressing health equity in rural Georgia.

Atlanta, GA – July 17, 2016 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced today its second quarter grant awards that continue a rich history of investments in the general operating capacity of health nonprofit organizations with eight organizations receiving funding totaling $397,000.

Informed by the impact of the Foundation’s previous four years of grantmaking for general operating support to health nonprofit organizations totaling $2.3 million, “we recognize the critical need for this type of funding and its value in helping to create high performing organizations,” said Foundation President Gary D. Nelson, PhD.

In preparation for its focus on the health of rural Georgians through its new Two Georgias initiative, the Foundation also awarded technical support grants to four organizations totaling $415,200. “We are eagerly looking forward to the launch of this new initiative which addresses the persistent inequities in health outcomes that disproportionately impact rural Georgians,” said Dr. Nelson.

Recipients of the Foundation's most recent grant awards include:

Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition $37,000
Support to develop a three-year strategic plan and to provide board leadership and development training.    
Bethesda Community Clinic $49,000
Support to strengthen workforce capacity by hiring a volunteer coordinator.    
CHRIS Kids $50,000
Support to implement an organizational marketing and a rebranding initiative to strengthen their ability to increase access to programs and services.    
Community Advanced Practice Nurses $50,000
Support to develop strategic fundraising methods and to create a fundraising plan to increase annual revenues.    
Georgia Department of Public Health $75,000
Support to design and execute a mini-grant funding program to support capacity and coalition building activities among six perinatal regions in Georgia.    
Highland Nonprofit Consulting $3,200
Support for evaluation services to 9-12 health nonprofit organizations awarded funding under Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s 2016 General Operating Grant Program.    
Highland Nonprofit Consulting $6,000
Support for evaluation services to health nonprofit organizations requesting and/or awarded funding under Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s 2016 Direct Services Program.    
JLH Consulting $84,000
Support to plan, convene, and assess meetings and events in support of the Two Georgias initiative.    
Mercy Medical Clinic and Foundation $50,000
Support on behalf of The Mercy Ministries (TMM)to develop a sustainable funding plan and to provide leadership training to the board, leadership staff,and key volunteers.    
National Mental Health Association of Georgia $50,000
Support to engage in succession planning activities associated with the retirement of a key senior level staff member.    
Opinion Savvy $22,000
Support to plan, conduct, and analyze to public opinion polls focusing on rural health and healthcare in Georgia.    
Porter Novelli $300,000
Support to plan and convene regional forums to introduce the Two Georgias initiative and create community-level awareness, interest, and readiness to participate in the initiative.    
Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia $36,000
Support for website enhancements to create a more interactive online system.    

About Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. Through its strategic grantmaking, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at: