Spark Morgan, formerly known as the Morgan Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, awarded over $50K in grants to ten non-profits operating in or benefitting Morgan County for the final time on Tuesday, October 2. Recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG), Camp Twin Lakes, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, the Morgan County African American Museum (MCAAM), Morgan County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education (MCFEPE), Rainbow Community Center, Humane Society of Morgan County, Steffen Thomas Museum of Fine Art (STMA), Ferst Readers, Inc., and Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC).
Established in 2003, Spark Morgan and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta have funded 109 grants, awarded over $362K in total, and benefitted 33 organizations.
Community Foundation President Alicia Philipp stated, “If you look broader, at all of the grants that the Community Foundation and its donors have directed to nonprofits serving Morgan County, in those same 15 years, that total is more than $4.5 million.”
Each of the nonprofits shared details regarding how the grant monies would be allocated. The BGCNCG will utilize the funding for the Madison-Morgan club’s BE GREAT program, which targets teenagers who are at risk of dropping out of high school via mentoring and case management. Camp Twin Lakes will offer scholarships to fund campers for a week. Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable housing for low-income families of Morgan County will be aided by a grant to purchase equipment and support operations. The Morgan County African American Museum will offer a competitive scholarship to one of our local high school students and also update the museum’s security system. The MCFEPE’s grant will support academic programs for low-income Morgan County students. The Rainbow Community Center serves six counties by not only sheltering homeless individuals and families but also offering educational and job opportunities. Their grant will go toward general operational costs. The Humane Society of Morgan County received a general operating support grant for services and programs. STMA’s grant will support the weekly art program for at-risk students at the Morgan County Crossroads School and add a literary component this year. A general operating support grant will help Ferst Readers’ to continue their work in distributing books to children in seven states. The MMCC’s grant supports the design, implementation and installation of new signage.
Current Spark Morgan Chair Sally Hoge announced, “Despite the fact that Spark Morgan will be no more … (organizations are) still able to apply to the Atlanta Fund … the help is still there, the money is still there, and the ability to apply is still there.”
Lyn Hunt, Morgan Fund founding chair, commented, “Fifteen years ago the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta asked Whitey (Hunt) and me to help incorporate Morgan County into their service area. Knowing their strong history and what was happening here already, being in their service area seemed a win-win. And, so it has been. Through the Morgan Fund, recently Spark Morgan, the Community Foundation brought workshops, resources, and grants that have reinforced our non-profits. On many levels, the Community Foundation will always be Morgan County’s greatest resource for our non-profits.”