2021 Beneficiaries

The focus of the 2021 Beloved Benefit will be Affordable Housing, one of the more central issues to address if we are to fully realize the Beloved Community in Atlanta. The funds will be distributed among exemplary nonprofits, all of whom place affordable housing and community development at the core of their missions, and many Community Beacons focused on economic mobility to be revealed in 2021.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity seeks to bring about an Atlanta where all people have access to quality affordable housing in safe, vibrant neighborhoods with opportunities to thrive. In the work that Atlanta Habitat does it transforms communities by acting as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization through education, innovative development, partnerships and long-term relationships with families. Atlanta Habitat has empowered thousands of families through homeownership since 1983. As the largest nonprofit, affordable single-family housing developer in the city, and one of the largest affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, Atlanta Habitat goes beyond-the-build to spur neighborhood revitalization and enable homeowners to pursue educational and professional goals that will positively impact families for generations.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership strives to promote, create and preserve mixed-income communities through direct development, lending, policy research and advocacy that result in the equitable distribution of affordable housing throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region. The impetus for ANDP’s creation in 1991 was to address the diminishing supply of affordable housing in the Metropolitan Atlanta region as well as to help reclaim declining neighborhoods in its core. Throughout its history, ANDP has supported the creation of more than 11,000 units of housing for people of low-to-moderate incomes. Since the housing crisis of 2007, all programs—development, lending and advocacy—have been realigned to help keep families in their homes and helping the region address the impact of the foreclosure crisis.

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc (ADNP)

Atlanta University Center Consortium

The Atlanta University Center Consortium is the world’s oldest and largest association of historically Black colleges and universities. It is comprised of four member institutions: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College. The Consortium is a vibrant intellectual community with a long tradition of scholarship, service and community engagement. It operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals by fostering collaboration, managing center-wide initiatives, offering services that benefit the students and communities by leveraging their shared resources. The Consortium seeks to promote collaboration and involvement among its campuses, residents and other stakeholders in enhancing the quality of life within the neighboring community. The Consortium seeks to leverage the resources of the community and of member institutions to maximize opportunities for citizens to live, learn, work and play.

Atlanta University Center Consortium

Focus Community Strategies (FCS) - A Purpose Built Community

Focus Community Strategies has been partnering with under-resourced Atlanta neighborhoods for 40 years starting with Grant Park, and then Ormewood Park, Summerhill and East Lake. For the past 16 years, FCS has had the privilege of coming alongside residents of Historic South Atlanta to create a flourishing community through mixed-income housing, economic development and neighborhood engagement as well as training and consulting. Since its founding in 1978, FCS has established a national reputation as a multi-faceted community development organization that creates healthy, sustainable and restorative communities. FCS empowers neighborhoods to thrive, investing deeply in one under-resourced Atlanta neighborhood at a time, building upon the neighborhood’s strengths to create a flourishing community. Neighboring, dignity and development are at the core of everything FCS does for residents of Historic South Atlanta.

Focus Community Strategies (FCS), Purpose Built Network

Grove Park Foundation, A Purpose Built Community

Grove Park Foundation is committed to holistic neighborhood revitalization to improve the quality of life in the Grove Park neighborhood in Northwest Atlanta. Grove Park Foundation grew out of the efforts to connect and restore several historic Westside neighborhoods along Proctor Creek. These neighborhoods have suffered from decades of disinvestment environmental degradation. The Foundation is dedicated to revitalizing the Grove Park neighborhood and improving the quality of life by working with local partners, leaders and residents to create a healthy, equitable and vibrant community. Its ultimate goal is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by creating wide, durable channels out of poverty for low-income residents. Another crucial goal of this effort is for existing homeowners to capture earned wealth through equity gains as a result of this holistic set of investments in the neighborhood.

Grove Park Foundation, Purpose Built Network

HouseATL

HouseATL is a cross-sector group of civic leaders committed to building the political and community will for a comprehensive and coordinated housing affordability action plan in Atlanta. HouseATL assembles the region’s top resources to build policies and financial models that will make housing affordability a reality. This collaborative effort will help create a deeper understanding of the issues, drive community consensus, shape political will, identify much-needed funding and coordinate a set of policies. HouseATL believes that ensuring that the city is focused on inclusive economic growth means all must collectively focus on affordable housing as foundational to quality of life and as a key component of a city’s economic development infrastructure. One of HouseATL’s guiding principles is that housing is a means to an end for a more sustainable, inclusive and healthy Atlanta. HouseATL has engaged in thoughtful problem-solving so that the civic and business leadership in Atlanta will have a shared, comprehensive set of policies and adequate funding to address housing affordability.

HouseATL

Quest Community Development Organization

Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Westside, Quest Community Development Organization develops socially equitable housing and provides needs-based community services to enhance the quality of life for under-served individuals and families. For nearly 20 years, Quest has created intentional communities to demonstrate that everyone deserves an opportunity to achieve their dreams while providing comprehensive support services to more than 8,000 individuals. Quest seeks to promote its best-in-class, diverse housing model to encourage collaboration and positive community change.

Quest Community Development Organization

Westside Future Fund

Westside Future Fund was formed by Atlanta’s public, private and philanthropic partners who believe in the future of Atlanta’s Westside and are committed to helping Historic Westside neighborhoods revitalize and develop into a community Dr. King would be proud to call home. At the core of the Westside Future Fund’s mission is its dedication to the past, present and future residents of the four Historic Westside neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include the world’s largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities, have a rich historical narrative of black Atlanta academic, religious, political and business leadership, and were home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson and other luminaries of the Civil Rights Movement. Westside Future Fund is committed to creating and curating an eco-system that disrupts the cycle of poverty. Based on best-practice research in community revitalization, the Westside Future Fund has identified and developed plans for four areas needing simultaneous attention: safety and security, cradle-to-career education, health and wellness and mixed-income communities.

Westside Future Fund

Community Beacons

The 2021 Beloved Benefit's Community Beacons are focused on economic mobility—providing their knowledge, skills and the necessary resources to the people of Atlanta who are striving to lift themselves out of poverty and into better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.