Atlanta Helps the Awesome Foundation Give $2,000,000 in Grants

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How awesome would it to be to get a grant for $1000 for your idea or organization with no strings attached?

Founded in 2009, The Awesome Foundation is a global community of givers with a lightweight model for local giving that brings together ten “micro-trustees” that each make a monthly contribution to form a single grant given away to support projects in a city.

Anyone can start a chapter, and there are no application requirements beyond projects being awesome.

Starting in Boston, the movement has spread around the world, from Australia to Zambia and  now has more than 80 chapters.

The Atlanta Chapter, launched in 2014 and celebrated its  2nd Anniversary this month.  The Awesome Foundation has given out $1000 monthly to an array of organizations over the years and collectively granted more than $2,000,000 to more than 2,000 projects around the world.

The Atlanta’s chapter most recent grant went to Jasmine Crowe for her “Sunday Soul”project for the homeless. Every Sunday Jasmine and her team of volunteers have pop up restaurants around the city for the homeless to come and have a hot meal.

Jasmine Crowe, Awesome grant winner for April and the founder of Soul Sunday

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have contributed toward this global milestone,” said Dr. Dionne Mahaffey, founder of the Atlanta Chapter.“The Awesome Foundation democratizes philanthropy, allowing everyone to take part in making their communities a better place.”

“It’s an honor to receive the Awesome Atlanta grant for our Sunday Soul Pop-Up restaurant which provides a 5 course meal with unparalleled service to those experiencing homelessness. We will use the funds to pay for tables, chairs and the purchase of a generator which will allow us to offer makeovers to our clients at every pop-up restaurant we host throughout 2016. This grant indeed is a blessing and answer to our prayers,” said  Crowe.

Atlanta Awesome Foundation Founder Dr. Dionne Mahaffey and April grant winner Jasmine Crowe.

Maker of Black Celebrity Giving Projects funded by the Awesome Foundation cover a broad range of creative, unexpected projects that surprise and delight. Previous local grantees include the Equine Therapy for Youth, Fun Weird Science – a S.T.E.M club for undeserved kids, and Hurt Park green space garden –a revitalization project spearheaded by Georgia State University students.

Grant winner Jasmine Crowe and Atlanta city councilman.

To celebrate this milestone, the Awesome Foundation has launched a special website (twomillion.awesomefoundation.org) showcasing some of the most awesome projects from the past six years, as well as information on how to apply for a grant or start a new chapter.

Awesome Foundation Grant winners from previous months with the Atlanta Chapter Founder Dr. Dionne Mahaffey

“The Awesome Foundation continues growing, as does the entire global movement around micro-giving”, said Tim Hwang, Awesome Foundation co-founder. “We’re excited to announce a global call for people to submit applications and get in touch if they want to get a new chapter.”

For more information about the organization and recent projects that have been supported by the Foundation is also available at awesomefoundation.org.

Starling

Starling is a freelance writer, photographer and director. Her utopia is a world where the food is not genetically modified, the government tells the truth and where the police actually protect us. When she is not fiercely typing away at her computer you can find her on set behind a camera being bossy and telling someone what to do or on Youtube watching conspiracy videos for hours. Her work can be seen in various magazines and she has been spotlighted as a powerful writer by the NABFEME Atlanta organization. She adores Maya Angelou and says Zora Neal Hurston taught her how to write.

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