October 1, 2001
Agencies serves disenfranchised
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This is the third in a three-part series profiling the six charity
organizations included in EmoryGives, the new name for the Univer-sitys
workplace giving program. The Oct. 8 issue of Emory Report will
look at the first week of the new program.Today, Oct 1, EmoryGives begins
giving. The program makes available more than 390 nonprofit groups for
charitable donation. More than 60 of those groups fall under the auspices
of the Georgia Black United Fund and Georgia Shares, two federations that
deal with, respectively, minority causes and social justice.
The National Black United Fund consists of 22 affiliates sprinkled throughout
the country. The Georgia Black United Fund (GBUF) was created in 1975,
and it serves 30 member agencies throughout the state.
GBUFs objective is to strengthen its communities and promote self-sufficiency
by expanding philanthropic activity among minorities, particularly African
Americans. In 2000, GBUF raised nearly $350,000.
While it focuses on the Atlanta area, GBUF is a statewide organization
with charitable affiliates in Athens, Augusta and Columbus. In addition,
it does not work with exclusively African American causes.
We represent all minority organizationsa couple of Hispanic
organizations, for instance, said James Allen, operations manager.
We work primarily with [African Ameri-can] organizations, but there
are no restrictions.
Georgia Shares includes 31 member agencies that are uniformly dedicated
to social and economic justice. Their services include several AIDS charities,
womens programs and the arts. Last year, Georgia Shares raised more
Georgia Shares was created in 1992 through the efforts ofamong
othersthe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
It started slowly, working primarily with public organizations, but has
recently expanded its relationships to include private entities such as
Teaming with Emory is a wonderful opportunity because it says to
the community that Georgia Shares is a credible and viable nonprofit organization,
said Georgia Shares Director Sherry Sutton, a former DeKalb County commissioner
who earned a political science degree from Emory in 1981.
Taking this bold step says to the community that Emory is serious about reflecting the diversity of its workforce, Sutton said.