Jersey day

New­ton Fund’s cam­paign to raise funds for lo­cal non­profit orgs

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Ques­tion: What’s your fa­vorite ca­sual get-up? An­swer: A sports jersey from your fa­vorite team, right? What could be more com­fort­able, and what if you could wear it to work once a week? It’s time to let your spirit shine and sign up with the New­ton Fund’s Jersey Day cam­paign to raise funds for lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions through your em­ployer. Jersey Day kicks off at the start of the col­lege foot­ball sea­son on Au­gust 23, 2014.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing em­ploy­ers are des­ig­nat­ing Fri­days as the day each week when ap­proved sports jer­seys will be en­cour­aged in the work­place – for just a small con­tri­bu­tion of $1, $2 or $5 per em­ployee. Jersey Day, as it’s be­ing called, will build on team spirit – be it the At­lanta Fal­cons, the UGA Bull­dogs or the Ge­or­gia Tech Yel­low Jack­ets, for ex­am­ple - while cre­at­ing a brand new team to sup­port New­ton County’s vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The New­ton Fund, a lo­cal fund of The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Greater At­lanta, has worked tire­lessly since the year 2000 to spon­sor and en­hance the best non­profit ef­forts to meet crit­i­cal needs lo­cally. Since 2000, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has in­vested nearly $2.5 mil­lion in New­ton County through its com­pet­i­tive grant-mak­ing pro­grams and donor-ad­vised phil­an­thropic funds. The New­ton Fund it­self has awarded over $285,000 to more than 50 lo­cal non­prof­its, funds raised through an­nual cam­paigns and matched in part by The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Greater At­lanta.

The New­ton Fund’s new fundrais­ing ven­ture – Jersey Day - ap­peals to lo­cal em­ploy­ers to get in the spirit of non­profit ef­forts that sup­port and ful­fill com­mu­nity needs out­side the purview of govern­ment ser­vices. Com­pet­i­tive grant re­cip­i­ents feed and house the needy, pro­vide med­i­cal care and pro­tec­tion for vic­tims of do­mes­tic and child abuse, care for the elderly and af­ter-school stu­dents and pro­mote out­door recre­ation for phys­i­cal and men­tal health, among many other en­deav­ors.

By par­tic­i­pat­ing in Jersey Day, lo­cal em­ploy­ers will earn dis­tinc­tion as good cor­po­rate cit­i­zens, en­cour­age em­ployee morale, en­gage em­ploy­ees in phi­lan­thropy and be rec­og­nized at the New­ton Fund’s an­nual grantee cer­e­mony. One hun­dred per­cent of all funds raised go di­rectly to non­prof­its cho­sen as win­ners in a com­pet­i­tive grant-mak­ing process, with the first $10,000 raised an­nu­ally be­ing matched 1:1 by the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Greater At­lanta. The New­ton Fund will pro­vide par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies with mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing stick­ers, ta­ble tents and busi­ness cards. Each com­pany may ap­point a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the New­ton Fund’s grant-mak­ing com­mit­tee. All funds raised are fully tax-de­ductible.

Scott Wil­lis is a New­ton Fund Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee mem­ber and chair of Jersey Day. “What’s unique about the New­ton Fund is that all funds col­lected from Jersey Day and our other fundrais­ing ef­forts in New­ton County go straight to the com­pet­i­tive grant win­ners,” he said. “There’s no over­head be­tween the con­trib­u­tors and those who need the funds. And let’s face it: the peo­ple on the front lines are do­ing the hard work, and those of us who can’t be on the front lines have a means now through Jersey Day to join them be­hind the scenes to make this com­mu­nity stronger.”

For ques­tions about Jersey Day, please con­tact Wil­lis at 404-4336355 or Jasper Tan­ner with The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Greater At­lanta at 404-526-1103 or email new­ton­fund@cf­great­er­at­lanta.org. To learn more about The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Greater At­lanta or the New­ton Fund, please visit www.cf­greatrat­lanta.org.

Mem­bers of the New­ton Fund Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee are Mar­garet Wash­ing­ton, Chair; Lisa Han­son, Vice Chair; Betsy More­house; Ka­t­rina Young; Keith Davis; Teri Good­man; Donna Beam; and Greg Prof­fitt.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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