CFGA Extra Wish Grants

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Grant amount: US $100 - US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 29, 2019 9:00am PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County Expand all

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About the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting donors, nonprofits and community leaders to strengthen the 23-county Atlanta region through philanthropy. As a top 20 community foundation of approximately 750 nationally, with approximately $1.1 billion in current assets, Georgia’s second largest foundation exists to connect the passions of donors with the purposes nonprofits strive to improve. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $144 million from donors in 2017 (unaudited) and distributed more than $97 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook and Twitter.

At the Community Foundation, we believe in the power and potential of individuals and organizations to change communities, whether those communities are physical neighborhoods, a group of individuals with a common interest or a cohort of organizations focused on similar issues. We play a variety of roles, but our key goal is to be the connecting point for the various partners, nonprofit organizations and community leaders working together toward the common vision of stronger greater Atlanta region.

Impact Areas

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta fulfills the passions of donors by investing in our region through grantmaking, partnerships and advocacy. To create meaningful, lasting change, our efforts align via measurable objectives through focused “Impact Areas.” We practice what we preach – evolving beyond grantmaking strategies and industry jargon to real, tangible impact.

These five impact areas are our promise to the 23-county region - that in partnership with our donors, nonprofits and collaborators, we vow to make Atlanta a better place for all residents to live and thrive.

  • Arts >> Build a dynamic arts ecology to ensure all residents have access to high-quality cultural experiences and diverse artistic programs.
  • Community Development >> Advocate for equitable economic growth, strong civic health and safe, sustainable communities.
  • Education >> Improve outcomes and expand opportunities for all learners across the education spectrum.
  • Nonprofit Effectiveness >> Invest in the region’s nonprofits with management and financial resources to equip them to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs.
  • Well-being >> Ensure a healthy, safe and engaged region, where all residents have access to quality health care and nutritious food.

All of these impact areas are complex and multi-dimensional and require cross sector, regional collaboration: these are problems with solutions that cannot be achieved by any one entity. The Foundation has an extensive base of knowledge and relationships across the region, spanning diverse communities, populations and issues, making us uniquely poised to serve as a hub for impact.

What Is an Extra Wish

As a service to our donors and competitive grant applicants, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta publishes Extra Wish to share special needs of organizations supported through the Foundation’s competitive grant making programs. Since its inception, Extra Wish has connected our donors to previously evaluated nonprofit organizations from across our region that have “extra” funding needs to enhance their daily work. Extra Wish funding is intended to support items, beyond an organization’s operating budget, those “hard to fund” things that will enhance the organization’s work. Extra Wish is shared with all of the Community Foundation’s current and Legacy Society donors, more than 1,000 philanthropists.

Extra Wish provides monetary contributions for specific expenses, not staff or general operations that contribute in a clear way to the success of organizations and the populations they serve. Our experience shows that most Extra Wish grants from the Community Foundation's donor advised funds fall between $500 and $3,500. In the past, the most successful wishes were requests for items that directly help program participants, rather than organizational operating equipment. We have found creative, compelling, and innovative requests have the best chance of receiving support from a Community Foundation donor.

The Foundation’s grantmaking through the Extra Wish program is directly aligned with our goal of engaging philanthropists. Grant awards are made based on a number of factors; please refer to page 7 of these Guidelines for more information. The Foundation seeks to continue to support strong, sustainable organizations. In addition, we are eager to support nonprofits that hold great promise.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Extra Wish is open to nonprofit organizations that have been fully evaluated through one of the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking programs (General Operating Support, Neighborhood Fund, Local Funds, Grants to Green-implementation only, Managing for Excellence, Strategic Restructuring, Civic Engagement or Donor Advised Funds with a competitive process) within the last five years (2012-2016) and those fully evaluated in 2017.
    • Organizations are considered fully evaluated or reviewed when they have been invited to submit a final application or a basic information form to the Community Foundation. Such submissions must include full financials, strategic plan, programming, board and staff information. 
  • All applying organizations:
    • Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area;
    • Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) and the I.R.S. determination must be current;
    • Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit;
    • Must have a minimum one-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification;
    • Must have annual operating expenses greater than $25,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990.
    • Resources for program participants or organizations: expendable and nonexpendable items that will help program participants succeed, such as clothing, MARTA fares, toys, age-appropriate reading material, tickets/participation fees for program participants and equipment for people with disabilities.
    • Program-related resources such as reference books, videos or training materials that will remain with the organization.
    • Requests for grocery store and gas station gift cards are eligible while requests for food and gasoline are not.
    • Capital items: office equipment including laptops, tablets, furniture, kitchen appliances and items needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • Services: consultant, contract or labor expenses for specific, time bound projects


  • Organizations are NOT considered eligible for Extra Wish for having received a donor-advised fund grant, or for submitting a letter of intent (LOI) that was declined at that stage of the process or by just submitting an Organizational Profile and Common Grant application
  • Ineligible Wish List Requests
    • Items that have already been purchased or services that have been contracted prior to application
    • Items where the total cost exceeds $5,000 (including shipping costs)
    • Vehicles
    • Gasoline for organizational fleets
    • Subscriptions for magazines and trade publications
    • Memberships and fees
    • Attendance at conferences or training sessions for staff members
    • Stipends for staff, volunteers, interns or program participants
    • General operating expenses
    • Support for organizational or program endowments 

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