“The whole idea is to fill a specific niche to fund great ideas that are just trying to do something good in Atlanta,” she said. “It doesn’t just include social change, but also simple projects such as park cleanups or painting murals.”
The Awesome Foundation Atlanta chapter has given $1,000 to various projects such as the Little Free Library, SMART Moves Chess Club and the Goodie Hack - $4,000 in total since its founding. Its August $1,000 grant was awarded to The Learning Garden, a new project started by the Ryan Cameron Foundation.
The garden, located in Bankhead, “is a vehicle to teach kids about fresh fruits and vegetables, learn where their food comes from and eventually make healthy food choices,” said V-103 radio personality Ryan Cameron. “This grant from the Awesome Foundation helps toward getting the project started and working towards our mission.”
The foundation is looking for more trustees to grow the chapter, and Mahaffey encourages nonprofits, individuals and teams to come out to the Awesome Hours held once a month at Fork and Juniper to meet other groups and people who are making a difference in Atlanta.
“People are naturally giving and with the Awesome Foundation, we are able to help fund impactful projects and be able to share the goodness in people.”
The Awesome Foundation started in 2009 and has donated $1,117,000 to 1,117 projects around the world.
In other news: Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta donated more than $18,000 to Bert's Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides an all-expenses-paid, five-day trip to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. The contribution was a result of previous ticket sales for the Atlanta debut of the series' musical The Little Mermaid, which ran at the Fox Theatre through July 13. For every ticket sold during pre-season, $5 was donated to benefit the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization.