Decatur groups honored in Days of Giving
Eight Decatur groups receive Days of Giving grants as program exceeds $1 million to Georgia non-profits
Wells Fargo also supporting Georgia Gives Day;
Another $1.27 million going to United Way and Community Support campaign
Eight Decatur groups were honored with $1,000 Days of Giving donations as the Wells Fargo program will exceed $1 million in grants across Georgia this fall, since its beginning four years ago.
In all, 63 groups were honored on Nov. 8 at a community breakfast at the 1818 Club in Duluth. Three additional breakfasts occurred across Atlanta this fall and 251 groups in all received the same gift. Four of the Decatur groups were honored at the previous breakfasts.
Wells Fargo also announced that it is encouraging all the groups honored – and others – to take part in Georgia Gives Day. That is a statewide campaign to encourage people throughout Georgia to support nonprofits, climaxing in a 24-hour statewide giving event on Dec. 6, 2012. Wells Fargo is helping the effort as a corporate sponsor and by getting the word out to customers through its bank stores.
“It’s great that Days of Giving has surpassed the million-dollar mark – and supporting Georgia Gives Day is a way to provide even more help,” said Scott Asher, area president for East Atlanta.
The Decatur groups honored through the program were:
DeKalb Library Foundation (for Georgia Center for the Book)
Healing Hearts of Families Ministries
United Methodist Children's Home of North Georgia Conference
Focal point of Georgia Gives Day www.GAgivesday.org
The focal point of Georgia Gives Day is a comprehensive website, www.GAgivesday.org, that lists and describes hundreds of participating nonprofits.
It has widespread support, including from Gov. Nathan Deal and other elected officials and radio and TV stations across Georgia. It is being coordinated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
Lynne Norton of the nonprofit center spoke at the breakfast to encourage groups to take part. “Georgians are generous people. We are excited to create an opportunity for everyone, in every corner of the state, to support the causes that make Georgia great,” she said.
The company also announced that its Atlanta team members had pledged $1.27 million through its annual United Way and Community Support campaign – 35 percent more than last year.
Now in its fourth year in Atlanta, groups receiving Days of Giving grants were selected by team members at Wells Fargo’s almost 200 bank stores, and by team members in other business lines, for the work they are doing in the team members’ local areas.
“This illustrates our desire to be locally focused as America’s community bank,” Asher said. “And just the names of the groups selected show their passion to help special people who need it.”
Said Robert Dobbs, business banking area manager, “Our non-profits give so much to so many – our business bankers are so pleased to provide help to them in return.”
Eleven other events are occurring across Georgia outside Atlanta, with 122 additional groups receiving $1,000 each.