One Hundred Shares, a Christian nonprofit supporting local charities, late last month awarded $50,000 grants to Bethany Christian Services, Camp Grace and Summerhill Community Ministries to further their missions.
“We’re really honored to be able to do that,” said One Hundred Shares founder and Expansion Chairwoman Anne Irwin, of Buckhead.
The nonprofit is made up of more than 100 women — many of whom reside in Buckhead — who commit to donating $1,000 a year to provide the grants. Since 2006, the organization has annually named one charity to receive $100,000 or two to receive $50,000, but an increase in membership extended the giving this year, Irwin said.
“Because the organization is growing, we were able to give away a third grant,” she said, adding the group has grown to about 150 members.
Sharon Cape, assistant branch director of Bethany Christian Services’ Atlanta office, said the grant from One Hundred Shares will support its Safe Families program.
“Safe Families is a program to keep kids out of the state welfare system and foster care,” she said.
Host families will temporarily take in children whose parents are in the midst of crisis and need assistance, Cape said. She said the money will go toward forming partnerships with local churches and purchasing needed items for families.
“We were thrilled to receive the grant,” she said.
Irwin said Camp Grace, a camp for inner-city children from across the state, will use the money to complete cabins so more children can attend.
Summerhill Community Ministries, which operates an afterschool program for youth in south Atlanta, will use the grant to renovate its teen room and create a new technology learning center. The money will also help the group next year launch a new program focused on teens struggling with drugs, sex and gangs.
Irwin said the impact of One Hundred Shares extends beyond the monetary awards given away each fall. As part of the selection process, women from the organization go on site visits to get a first-hand look into how the charities identified as grant finalists operate.
Members have been inspired by the work of those organizations so much they end up working as volunteers, joining boards or organizing fundraisers for charities that aren’t even chosen for the grants, Irwin said.
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