Resource Development Committee

Chair: Thomas L. Kenyon, President, The Kenyon Group

Staff facilitator: Tim Johnson, FC-CIS executive director

Contact: 706-369-9732,,

Meeting schedule: As needed

Meeting location: Room 201, ELC Building 2, 440 Dearing Extension, Athens

Description: The Resource Development Committee works to raise funds to support the work of FC-CIS. Its primary focus is the Change the Picture annual campaign, including a kickoff event, solicitation of individual donations including Patrons Circle members (donors of $1,000 or more per year), and solicitation of support from the business community.

Outcome goals: This year’s goal of the Resource Development Committee is to raise $150,000 through the Change the Picture campaign, with over 60% to sustain the Neighborhood Leaders program, 33% to place Communities In Schools site coordinators in two schools, and 5% for collaborative support. State funding covers a majority of current general collaborative support. Fundraising events support all areas of work.

Examples of initiatives on which we could use your help:

Change the Picture fund campaign. We need support to increase the number of donors at all levels, to build our Patrons Circle (annual $1,000 donors) to at least 100, and to increase business support. We are currently meeting with individual businesses. How you could help: Donate; encourage others to donate; join the Resource Development Committee in meeting with individual businesses and potential large donors.

Dine Out For Kids, co-sponsored by the Georgia Restaurant Association and Communities In Schools of Georgia,is an annual, state-wide day when participating restaurants donate a percentage of their sales to Communities In Schools; all proceeds from Athens area restaurants support our work. How you could help: Dine out at participating restaurants (breakfast, lunch, and dinner!) on Dine Out For Kids day (this year it will be Thursday, August 20); encourage restaurants you know to participate; thank participating restaurants not only on the day but year-round (and patronize them).

Amplify Athens concertsare annual concerts organized by the Decatur nonprofit Poverty Is Real, with proceeds benefiting our work. How you could help: Solicit sponsorships for the concerts; encourage performing artists you know to participate; attend the concerts.

Grant writing: Grants are a major source of support for projects we initiate, and can be a much larger source of support for our ongoing work. How you can help: Engage with our staff and Strategic Action Teams in writing collaborative grants.


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