September 24, 2001
Health, environmental groups hope Emory Gives
By Michael Terrazas email@example.com
note: This is the second in a three-part series profiling the six charity
organizations included in Emory Gives, the new name for the Universitys
workplace giving program.
At an institution so closely associated with the healing arts, be they
through nurses, doctors or public health professionals, it only makes
sense that Community Health
Charities of Georgia (CHCG) be included in said institutions
CHCG is the 14-year-old state chapter of the nationwide Community Health
Charities, which raises some $58 million annually for an array of health-related
organizations and associations. In addition to 64 national organizations
such as the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association,
the Georgia arm also represents local entities such as AID Atlanta and
Hughes-Spalding Childrens Hospital, according to CHCG Executive
Director Al Specht.
We are elated, Specht said of CHCGs inclusion in Emory
Gives. People should have choices, and I think this is a great step
forward. I am hoping well be able to show both the business community
and the community [as a whole] that Emory has done the right thing.
Specht said CHCG does not yet have a website of its own, but information
is available at the national Community Health Charities site, located
www.healthcharities.org, that lists all the member organizations.
Other corporate partners who include the national CHC in their workplace
giving programs include American Airlines, Sears & Roebuck and United
Health Group, as well as federal, state and local governmental agencies.
Also appropriate for Emory, which has grappled with its own environmental
issues during recent years, is the inclusion of the nonprofit Earth
Share of Georgia (ESG) in the Emory Gives campaign. Formerly
the Environmental Fund for Georgia, ESG affiliated itself with the national
Earth Share organization in June and now represents 64 environmental agencies,
23 in Georgia and 41 throughout the nation and abroad.
Now you can support everything from the Chattahoochee River to
the Amazon River, said ESG Executive Director Alice Rolls. Given
that environmental issues dont necessarily realize state or county
lines, and some of these issues are critical nationwide, the scope of
the issues we now represent is wider.
In Georgia, ESG represents such groups as the Georgia Conservancy, Georgia
Wildlife Federation and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, while nationally
Earth Share raises money for the National Audubon Society, the Wildlife
Conservation Society (now headed by former Emory College dean Steve Sanderson)
and the National Wildlife Federation, among others.
Weve worked for years trying to make inroads and connections
at Emory, so to finally see this come to fruition is extremely exciting,
Rolls said. The message it sends to the community at large is how
important it is to include issues like the environment in workplace giving