ATLANTA – With the recent grant to Jasmine Crowe for her “Sunday Soul” project for the homeless, the Awesome Foundation, a global community of giving circles that provide no-strings-attached grants to awesome projects, announced that it had collectively granted more than $2,000,000 to more than 2,000 projects around the world.
Founded in 2009, The Awesome Foundation is a lightweight model for local giving that brings together ten “micro-trustees” that each make a monthly contribution to form a single grant given away to support projects in a city. Anyone can start a chapter, and there are no application requirements beyond projects being awesome. Begun in Boston, the movement has spread around the world, from Australia to Zambia. It now has more than 80 chapters in close to 20 countries.
The Atlanta Chapter, which launched in 2014 is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary on April 19, 2016 at Fork and Juniper located inside of the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown – 125 Tenth Street, NE Atlanta.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have contributed toward this global milestone. The Awesome Foundation democratizes philanthropy, allowing everyone to take part in making their communities a better place,” said Dr. Dionne Mahaffey, founder of the Atlanta Chapter.
“It’s an honor to receive the Awesome Atlanta grant for our Sunday Soul Pop-Up restaurant which provides a 5 course meal with unparalleled service to those experiencing homelessness here in Atlanta.
“We will use the funds to pay for tables, chairs and the purchase of a generator which will allow us to offer makeovers to our clients at every pop-up restaurant we host throughout 2016. This grant indeed is a blessing and answer to our prayers,” said Jasmine Crowe, Chief Change Maker of Black Celebrity Giving
Projects funded by the Awesome Foundation cover a broad range of creative, unexpected projects that surprise and delight. Previous local grantees include the Equine Therapy for Youth, Fun Weird Science – a S.T.E.M club for under-served kids, and the Hurt Park green space garden – a revitalization project spearheaded by Georgia State University students.
To celebrate this milestone, the Awesome Foundation has launched a special website (twomillion.awesomefoundation.org) showcasing some of the most awesome projects from the past six years, as well as information on how to apply for a grant or start a new chapter.
“The Awesome Foundation continues growing, as does the entire global movement around micro-giving”, said Tim Hwang, Awesome Foundation co-founder. “We’re excited to announce a global call for people to submit applications and get in touch if they want to get a new chapter started.”
For more information about your local Awesome Foundation chapter, get in touch with Awesome Atlanta – firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the organization and recent projects that have been supported by the Foundation is also available at awesomefoundation.org.