The 2022 Beloved Benefit focused on creating healthier, more equitable and vibrant communities throughout Atlanta. Funds raised were distributed among exemplary nonprofits, which place community development at the core of their missions.
Our purpose is to promote a strong, well prepared workforce that measures up to the needs of 21st Century employers. Today, nearly 14% of Georgians in the prime working years – ages 18-64 – have not graduated high school or earned a GED. In less than 10 years, one of every five jobs in the state will require more than a diploma. The time to take action is now. Jobs are available that pay a family-supporting salary – yet nearly 16% of the region’s residents live below the poverty line. Atlanta CareerRise is leading a strategy to close the gap, and the results are already evident in fields ranging from health care to specialty electronics.
Center for Employment Opportunities
We provide immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration. Our vision is that anyone with a criminal record who wants to work has the preparation and support needed to find a job and stay connected to the labor force. We believe that everyone, regardless of their past, deserves the chance to shape a stronger future for themselves, their family, and their communities.
The Goodr Foundation
The Goodr Foundation is a non-profit that focuses on providing healthy meals to youth, families, and seniors through our recipient and non-profit partner network. Corporations, individuals and foundations can donate in any amount to the cause. The Foundation takes a hands-on approach to solving hunger through our Neighborhood Eats program which provides hot meals during the weekend, field trips and snack packs to youth and families living in poverty.
Goodwill of North Georgia
At Goodwill of North Georgia, our mission is a simple one. We put people to work. Goodwill of North Georgia provides career training in high-demand fields, job placement services, and job retention support at zero cost to the jobseeker. We serve people with significant barriers to employment--people with disabilities, veterans, people receiving public benefits, returning citizens, non-custodial parents, senior citizens, justice involved youth, and people experiencing homelessness. At Goodwill, jobseekers receive career training in high demand industries including construction, forklift operation, floor technology, custodial, medical billing and coding, logistics, and supply chain. For the second year in a row, Goodwill of North Georgia is the #1 Goodwill in the nation for connecting people to work and #1 for connecting African Americans to work. With over 5,000 employment partners, Goodwill of North Georgia is helping jobseekers find a first job, a better job, and a career.
Latin American Association
The mission of the Latin American Association (LAA) is to empower Latinos to adapt, integrate and thrive. Our vision is ‘Opportunity for All.’ The LAA achieves its mission through five (5) focus areas: Civic Engagement & Advocacy, Economic Empowerment, Youth Services, Family Stabilization & Well-Being, and Immigration Services. Each focus area includes a targeted menu of direct services, large-scale events and advocacy to realize significant community impact and affect systems level change.
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.
The Village Market
Through programming, campaigns, and marketplaces, the Village has become a staple in the city of Atlanta, an economic vehicle and has coined the phrase "Support is a Verb". A direct pipeline for Black businesses, we connect Black-owned businesses to engaged consumers, impactful resources, and dedicated community partners. Our thriving Village reaches small businesses in 38 states and 4 countries, with an official partnership with The Bahamas.
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.