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Spark Morgan! Fund, a county-centric fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Thursday recognized seven recipients of a total of $23,000 in grants at a grant award celebration held at the Madison Public Safety Building.

Members of the Community Foundation’s Spark Morgan! Advisory Committee acknowledged the following organizations during the celebration:

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy: The Ferst Foundation was founded in 1999 to address the growing problem of children from low-income communities entering kindergarten without basic early literacy skills and school readiness. The foundation provides books for local residents to encourage parents to read to their children at home to reinforce the importance of early learning.

Humane Society of Morgan County: The Humane Society of Morgan County’s mission is to save more animal lives by promoting adoptions of healthy, friendly companion animals obtained from over-crowded animal control facilities and owner surrenders. The Humane Society also works to measurably reduce the pet overpopulation numbers through the promotion of spay/neuter programs and community education.

Madison-Morgan Conservancy: The mission of the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, Inc. is to provide public education on conservation matters and to protect and enhance the quality of life of the residents of Morgan County by preserving historic sites, greenspace, farmland and timberland.

Meals on Main: Meals on Main is a weekly lunch for the community in need, organized by the Madison Baptist Church. This well-established community initiative is made possible by community members who fundraise and/or donate food for the meals, serving approximately 50 people weekly.

Mentoring One Madison: Mentoring One Madison is a consolidated, county-wide program that matches volunteers with students for individual or group mentoring sessions. Mentors are provided training and matched with students and given support throughout the mentoring process. Mentoring sessions are held on site at Morgan County Schools, Boys and Girls Club and Family Connection.

 Morgan County African-American Museum: The Morgan County African-American Museum is the county’s only museum dedicated to telling the story of African-Americans in the local area. Their mission is to research, collect, educate, and preserve the history and art of the African-American culture. The museum’s vision is of a community that is increasingly responsive, engaged, and resilient because it understands its history and takes responsibility for building its future.

“These nonprofits represent what makes Madison and Morgan County strong,” said Morgan Fund advisory committee chair, Joe Caldwell. “They are addressing some of our community’s greatest needs like animal welfare, education, environmental preservation and nutrition while also providing local residents with opportunities for unique and enriching cultural experiences.”

Funding for these grants is provided through contributions from local residents as well as matching funds from the Community Foundation.

Since its creation, the Spark Morgan! Fund has granted more than $350,000 to nonprofits in the county. In addition to providing annual grants, the Spark Morgan! Fund offers philanthropic learning opportunities and community awareness activities, all with the goal of building philanthropy and improving the quality of life in Morgan County.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Spark Morgan! Fund, contact Joe Cardwell at morganfund@cfgreateratlanta.org. Nonprofits interested in learning about other funding opportunities from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta should visit www.cfgreateratlanta.org.

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