Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
In-kind grants of tangible goods worth up to $5,000 to Georgia nonprofits to improve delivery of services to residents of the Greater Atlanta area. Funding is intended to provide monetary and in-kind contributions, not services or staff, that clearly contribute to the success of organizations and the people served. Extra Wish funding is intended to support items, beyond an organization’s operating budget, those “hard to fund” things that will enhance the organization’s work.
In the past, the most successful wishes were requests for items that directly help program participants, rather than organizational operating equipment Applicants may request an item or items (no more than three unique items) where the total value is no more than $5,000.
Requests may include:
1) Resources for program participants or organizations: expendable and nonexpendable items that will help program participants succeed, such as clothing, MARTA fares, toys, age-appropriate reading material, tickets/participation fees for program participants and equipment for people with disabilities. Program-related resources such as reference books, videos or training materials that will remain with the organization. Requests for grocery store and gas station gift cards are eligible, while requests for food and gasoline are not.
2) Capital items: office equipment including fax machines, phone systems, copy machines, furniture, kitchen appliances, and items needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. These items are eligible, but applicants making these requests must include information on the make, model number, and vendor from which it will be purchased in the application.
3) Services: consultant, contract, or labor expenses for specific, time-bound projects.
Please note: Requests for computer-related items such as hardware, software, printers, networking, and upgrades to computers, have typically received a less favorable response.
GrantWatch ID#: 156430
Total request amounts are capped at $5,000. Experience shows that most Extra Wish grants from the Community Foundation's donor-advised funds fall between $500 and $3,500.
Extra Wish is open to nonprofit organizations that have been fully evaluated through one of the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking programs within the last five years (2012-2016) and those fully evaluated in the first half of 2017. Organizations will NOT be selected to be included in consecutive (back-to-back) Extra Wish catalogs.
All applying organizations:
-Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area;
-Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a no-nprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170(c)(2) and the I.R.S. determination must be current;
-Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit;
-Must have a minimum one-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification;
-Must have annual operating expenses greater than $25,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990 (click here for more information on Form 990: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=214269,00.html).
You may apply for funding for up to three unique items. The Community Foundation considers the following example to be three unique items: 10 chairs, two laptop computers and two laptop cases. The Community Foundation would consider the following to be five unique items: 10 chairs and tables, two laptop computers with two laptop cases and five reference books. Organizations that submit requests for more than three unique items will be automatically declined.
-Items that have already been purchased
-Items where the total cost exceeds $5,000
-Gasoline for organizational fleets
-Labor for repairs to existing structures
-Subscriptions for magazines and trade publications
-Memberships and fees associated with services
-Attendance at conferences or training sessions for staff members
-Stipends for staff, volunteers, interns, or program participants
-General operating expenses
-Support for organizational or program endowments.
- Monday, May 22: Grant details available through Good Done Great
- By Friday, July 7 at noon: Nonprofits complete their Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application, and Extra Wish - Application and attachment (a high resolution photo best reflecting your organization’s work)
- By September 1: Applicants notified of inclusion (or not) in the Fall 2017 Extra Wish catalog
- By November 17: Community Foundation will distribute Extra Wish to all current donors. The issue will be available on the website as well.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://www.gdg.do/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=8693710&p=8699963&g=8699983
Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about receiving an Extra Wish for your nonprofit, please contact:
Staci Lynch, Philanthropic Advisor
USA: Georgia: Greater Atlanta