The Zeist Foundation Goals
2011 Zeist Foundation Grantee Highlights
In 2011 DonorsChoose “Almost Home” Challenge grant supported schools in coastal Georgia, Columbus, Georgia and specific Atlanta public schools- Whitefoord Elementary School and Coan Middle School. Grants provided funding for 59 student projects in Chatham, Glynn and Liberty counties, leveraging the initial $25,000 investment by engaging an additional $5,913 in funding from 143 other donors. Resources were brought to 9,935 students in Georgia classrooms. To learn more visit http://www.donorschoose.org/
- College of Coastal Georgia
The misson of the Center for Academics Success (CAS) is to provide eligible students with a range of services including individualized resources, support and encouragement, mentoring, tutoring, and frquently faculty interation to help them achieve academic success and degree completion at the College of Coastal Georgia. The Fall 2011 semester class has been completed and with great success. In the spring semester, the College expects the number of students being served to continue to grow. To learn more visit http://ccga.edu/LearnCent/
The Alliance Theatre celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the innovative Collision Project. To honor this milestone, Theatre students had the incredible fortune to work with the NY Times best-selling author and renowned palywright Pearl Cleage as they wrestled with themes found in the Declaration of Independence. The origianl script created out of that project has since been used as a platform to encourage diversity among teens throughout the community. To learn more about this program visit http://alliancetheatre.org/New-Play-Development/Collision-Project.aspx.
Fernbank’s after-school programs, outdoor education and onsite science classes served more than 13,670 students, 43% of whom were from fragile populations and participated free of charge or at a deeply discounted rate. Scholarships have been provided to more than 11,500 Title I students, enabling them to visit Fernbank for free. New science programming was developed and introduced by the award-winning children’s exhibition, Fernbank NatureQuest. To learn more about these programs visit http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/explore-exhibits/permanent-exhibitions/fernbank-naturequest/ and http://fernbankmuseum.org/discover-and-learn/ .
In partnership with the Zeist Foundation, during 2011 Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center served over 400 Atlanta Public School students in the Edgewood community with its arts integrated literacy programs. Young Audiences’ evidence-based programming educates kindergarten through twelfth grade students in the arts and literacy using dance, music, visual arts, and theatre. To learn more about these programs visit http://www.yawac.org/.
- KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Metro Atlanta
KIPP Metro Atlanta celebrated several key milestones in 2011. The first class of students to matriculate to high school graduated and matriculated to college. 95% of KIPP alumni graduated from high school and 85% received college acceptances. KIPP Metro Atlanta opened its first high school, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate in the summer of 2011. This high school provides a continuation of the quality curriculum and learning environment that KIPP students began in middle school which will help ensure their success in college. To learn more about this program visit http://www.kippmetroatlanta.org/.
The Atlanta Ballet’s Centre Dance program is a critical method for providing the benefits of high quality, emotionally stimulating, engaging arts and culture experiences to Georgia’s youth. The Ballet recognizes that the most profound changes are on the personal level, improving test scores and creative thinking for individual students. To learn more about this program visit http://www.atlantaballet.com/centre/community_partners.php.
- Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Museum’s has increased access through a variety of programs which include providing subsidized admission and camp scholarships for disadvantaged children; providing free transportation to underserved children, families and groups on the Museum’s eco-friendly bus; and conducting the Museum’s in depth outreach program, Connected Learning, Connected Communities, in five underserved neighborhoods in the metropolitan Atlanta area, serving as an ongoing resource to families and early childhood educators in these communities. To learn more about this program http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/about/connected
- Buckhead Christian Ministry
In 2011 Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) prevented homelessness for local families in crisis, serving 8,702 individuals in 3,441 households. After witnessing these families’ ongoing struggle with un- and under-employment, resulting in greater debt to landlords and utility companies, BCM responded by increasing the amount of assistance given per household by approximately 40%, improving their ability to remain housed. Additionally, a pilot program was implemented providing case management to families receiving rent and utility assistance. To learn more visit http://buckheadchristianministry.org/emergency-assistance.html
The Zeist Foundation Accomplisments
- Signature Event-Annual Zeist Foundation Grantee Convening- Building Capacity with Purpose
Zeist Foundation grantees met at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to compare their results as participants of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits Capacity Building Project funded by the Foundation. Dr. Shena Ashley, Assistant Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, moderated and shared effective ways to build new capacity as a purpose-driven non-profit.
- Triangle Land Conservancy Dedication
Triangle Land Conservancy, located in the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, acquired 613 acres of forest from The Zeist Foundation. The property, now known as Brumley Forest, was dedicated to the memory of George and Julia Brumley and their family as a nature preserve.
As a legacy grant, the Foundation supported the construction of Fort Brumley, part of the capital campaign for the Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington, Georgia. Dr. Brumley and his father, George Sr., were avid Scouts. In October the Fort was dedicated by the Boy Scouts Atlanta Area Council to father and son during a Brumley Family focused ceremony.