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DULUTH, GA – The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia (CFNEG) is pleased to announce the award of $125,000 in Challenge Grants to four non-profit organizations in our community – Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, The IMPACT! Group, Norcross Cooperative Ministry and Creative Enterprises, Inc.  These awards are part of the Foundation’s 2014 discretionary grant disbursements that are gifted to help these organizations leverage dollars to further their current capital campaigns.

The Foundation’s Challenge Grants offer each grantee the opportunity to double their fundraising efforts with a one-to-one dollar match. Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett was awarded a $50,000 challenge. The organization must first raise a matching amount and then the Foundation will disburse the challenge grant dollars.  Monies raised must be new contributions and the organizations are required to have the dollars in-hand, not pledges. Each is challenged to raise their funds by the close of 2014.

Julie Keeton Arnold, 2014 Grants Committee Chair explains, “We have found challenge grants to be very effective and impactful over the past few years as they motivate organizations to seek out new support and enable them to show their donors a greater return on investment. The Foundation is honored to be working in partnership with these great organizations that do such good work in our community.”

Judy Waters, CFNEG Executive Director shares, “These challenge grants announced today allow us to turn $125,000 in giving into $250,000 that brings online new facilities and services that will benefit thousands in our community. This is a perfect example of how our Community Foundation enables philanthropic dollars to have greater impact for all involved. We are excited to be investing in these campaigns that are addressing real-time needs.”

During this year’s grant cycle ten organizations applied. Six were invited to present formal presentations and ultimately four agencies were selected to receive challenge grants. Arnold shares, “It is humbling and extremely educational to go through this granting process. It shines light on real needs in our community that many of us don’t know exists. While it’s never an easy task to decide where our limited resources should go, it is so rewarding to know that our dollars can be leveraged to make a real impact in the lives of so many in our community.”

Good Samaritan Health Center will apply their $50,000 to their 3.0 Project focused on relocation and expansion. They have recently launched a $3.5 capital campaign to purchase a larger facility with more parking and expand their services to provide dental, pediatrics, a pharmacy and mental health clinic. Good Samaritan provides essential health care resources for the uninsured and under-insured working poor in our community.

Waters says with assurance, “Though these past few years have been challenging and lean for many, philanthropy is still alive and well in our community. The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia remains focused on strengthening our community through our discretionary and donor-directed funds and committed to investing our community’s philanthropic dollars wisely.”