Our Story

Grants to Green began when a representative of The Kendeda Fund, a long-time donor-advised fund client, approached leadership of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 2007 with a new program idea. The Kendeda Fund wished to initiate a grantmaking initiative that would assess, and ultimately improve, the non-profit community’s green scorecard, particularly with respect to buildings. Southface Energy Institute had already agreed to provide assessment and engineering resources. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta agreed to steer the overall program through staff resources, the creation of an advisory committee, and by fostering communication throughout the region’s non-profit sector.

The three organizations continue to partner effectively – The Kendeda Fund provides turnkey funding and its representative chairs the advisory committee, Southface provides technical expertise and assessments, and The Community Foundation provides administrative support and manages grantmaking.

In 2014, the reach of Grants to Green expanded when the initiative went national with replication partners in Dubuque, Iowa and Maine. Learn more about these locations.

Our Vision

The vision for Grants to Green is to become a leading resource in philanthropy in the Atlanta region, recognized for strengthening the nonprofit sector’s energy efficiency and overall organizational capacity and distinguished nationally as a model.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

strengthens the Atlanta region by providing quality services to donors and innovative leadership on community issues. Learn more about them.

Southface Energy Institute

promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. Learn more about them.

Our Story

Grants to Green began when a representative of The Kendeda Fund, a long-time donor-advised fund client, approached leadership of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 2007 with a new program idea. The Kendeda Fund wished to initiate a grantmaking initiative that would assess, and ultimately improve, the non-profit community’s green scorecard, particularly with respect to buildings. Southface Energy Institute had already agreed to provide assessment and engineering resources. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta agreed to steer the overall program through staff resources, the creation of an advisory committee, and by fostering communication throughout the region’s non-profit sector.

The three organizations continue to partner effectively – The Kendeda Fund provides turnkey funding and its representative chairs the advisory committee, Southface provides technical expertise and assessments, and The Community Foundation provides administrative support and manages grantmaking.

In 2014, the reach of Grants to Green expanded when the initiative went national with replication partners in Dubuque, Iowa and Maine. Learn more about these locations.

Our Vision

The vision for Grants to Green is to become a leading resource in philanthropy in the Atlanta region, recognized for strengthening the nonprofit sector’s energy efficiency and overall organizational capacity and distinguished nationally as a model.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

strengthens the Atlanta region by providing quality services to donors and innovative leadership on community issues. Learn more about them.

Southface Energy Institute

promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. Learn more about them.

Fun Facts

Grants to Green started with just 20 organizations in 2008 and has grown to over 155 in 2014.

Grants to Green has funded a diverse array of nonprofits, including schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, museums and theatres. 

Read their success stories and learn how to get involved in Grants to Green.