Atlanta Pride awards $100,000 to local non-profits

The Atlanta Pride Committee gave over $100,000 in grants to 16 metro Atlanta non-profits as part of its community reinvestment initiative.

The program is an Atlanta Pride priority, according to Executive Director Jamie Fergerson (photo).

“We want everyone to be aware that by supporting Atlanta Pride, you also support so many organizations within our community,” she said in a Jan. 17 press release.

The grants range from $2,500 for AID Atlanta to $20,000 for the Phillip Rush Center, and were awarded to organizations dedicated to a wide range of causes including LGBTQ mental health, community development, LGBTQ arts, LGBTQ sports, LGBTQ students and teachers, and fighting HIV/AIDS.

Teach for America’s Prism Metro Coalition will use its $8,000 grant to train Atlanta educators to support LGBTQ students, according to Alice Plant, manager of data & impact strategy with Teach for America.

“The grant will also provide the opportunity for Prism leaders to attend TFA’s annual Brave Education Summit focused on professional development for LGBTQ+ educators and establish an emergency response fund supporting LGBTQ+ TFA educators in crisis,” she said.

Compassionate Atlanta will use its $7,000 grant to partner with SOJOURN to help people with disabilities, according to Executive Director Leanne Rubenstein.

“Often people with disabilities are excluded from any conversations and decisions regarding their gender identity and sexuality,” Rubenstein said. “Our goal is to advance the greater community by along all people, regardless of ability, to find safe spaces to talk about gender and sexuality, find social networks and be part of the LGBTQ+ community.”

The full list of organizations and the grant amounts:

  • AID Atlanta - $2,500
  • All-1-Family - $4,992
  • Compassionate Atlanta - $6,900
  • He is Valuable - $5,000
  • Hotlanta Softball League - $3,800
  • NATAS Southeast Foundation - $2,500
  • Out Front Theater Company - $5,000
  • Out on Film - $5,000
  • Raksha - $10,000
  • Southern Unity Movement - $5,000
  • Teach for America's Prism Metro Coalition - $8,050
  • The Dr. Annise Mabry Foundation - $7,500
  • The Phillip Rush Center - $20,000
  • TRANScending Barriers Atlanta - $2,500
  • Voices of Note - $10,000
  • ZAMI NOBLA - National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging - $5,000

Fergerson is a board member for the Rush Center, which received Pride's largest grant of $20,000. Rush Center Executive Director Linda Ellis resigned in December, and longtime community leader Simone Bell took over as interim executive director on Tuesday. A prominent LGBTQ non-profit professional claimed in January that the Rush Center fired him in retaliation for organizing a union for the LGBTQ center’s employees.

Atlanta Pride has faced several board and staff resignations and criticism over its leadership since October.