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Horace Mann to fund $10,000 worth of projects in Cobb County

August 29, 2014

DC Contribution

Horace Mann, proud Cobb Chamber member, has partnered with to help bring vital funding to schools across America. Their latest collaboration involves applying $10,000 toward projects directly to Cobb County educators.

From now until Oct. 1, 2014, encourage your teachers to add projects. To get started, teachers should visit, select “Get Started” to create a teacher account, and follow the instructions on how to submit a project. Individual meetings with teachers will also be available to show them how easy it is to submit projects.

Every teacher from Cobb County who has a project on the website on Oct. 1, 2014 is eligible to win funding from Horace Mann. On that day, a winner will randomly be selected and their project will be fully funded until the $10,000 limit is reached. is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Since 2011, Horace Mann has donated more than $2.5 million in classroom funding. During this time of tight school budgets, Horace Mann is honored to help Cobb’s teachers and public education system.

To set up a workshop or meeting, or for more information, contact:

Cassandra Stiff
Horace Mann Insurance

David Piper
Horace Mann Insurance

Georgia Gives Day Returns – Nov. 13, 2014

August 26, 2014

GAGives2014webThe Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) has announced the third annual Georgia Gives Day will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. This online fundraiser will drive awareness and donations for participating nonprofits across the state, as Georgians come together for a 24-hour day of giving.

Georgia Gives Day brings the state together as one community to help build capacity for local charities throughout Georgia. Since the inaugural event in 2012, Georgia Gives Day has brought more than 1,700 participating nonprofits together with nearly 19,000 donors to raise more than $2.5 million that directly benefited these nonprofits. Donors can give directly via the Georgia Gives Day website online or through their mobile device.

“In 2013, we reached a new level of engagement among our nonprofits and corporate partners for Georgia Gives Day, and Georgians stepped up and nearly doubled the results from our inaugural year,” said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of GCN. “We’ve built on that momentum and are excited to reach new heights in 2014.”

Georgia Gives Day 2014 will once again feature “Power Hours” and “Golden Tickets,” popular competitions that reward nonprofits who receive the most donations and random drawings that add up to $1,000 onto individual donations that come in through the website throughout the day, respectively. Nonprofits at the top of our leaderboards for most dollars and most donors will also be rewarded with bonus incentive funds. These competitions, which add excitement and incentives to donate on Georgia Gives Day, are made possible through the generous support of GCN’s corporate funding partners, including Coca-Cola, SunTrust Foundation, Wells Fargo, Knight Foundation, and others.

Georgia Gives Day has proven to be a popular way for nonprofits to engage with new constituents. According to a survey of all donors who participated in Georgia Gives Day 2013, 10 percent made their first-ever donation to a nonprofit, 17 percent gave to a new nonprofit, and 19 percent donated more than they budgeted to give on Georgia Gives Day.

All nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) designation are invited to participate free of charge and may register on by October 1. Learn more by visiting

About Georgia Gives Day

The mission of Georgia Gives Day is to inspire individuals to donate to participating nonprofits with the goal of raising as much money as possible within a 24-hour period. makes donating easy by organizing hundreds of nonprofits across the state onto one website, providing the information people need to select a cause or charity of their choice, and enabling online donations by credit card or e-check.

Georgia Gives Day takes place on Nov. 13, 2014 – the day Georgians across the state will donate to the nonprofit(s) of their choice. Follow us on Twitter @GAgives and like us on Facebook.

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits builds thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed.  Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. Learn more at, follow us on Twitter @GAnonprofits, and like us on Facebook.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra presents 5th Annual Noteworthy Race

August 25, 2014

NOTEWORTHY2014 marks the 5th year of the annual Georgia Symphony Orchestra Noteworthy 5K Race, hosted by the Friends of the GSO! Join the fun at this symphony-themed evening run on September 20, 2014.

A “Black Tie” party will be held after the race. The fun will include music, snacks, awards, and door prizes.

Play dress-up as you pair tuxedos with tennis shoes and sparkles with sneakers; or maybe wear jewels while you jog!  (Or you can just wear your usual running duds; that’s fine too.)

The race includes a 5k, plus a one-mile run, and a children’s trot. The 5k is a Peachtree Qualifying Race, but is open to competitive and non-competitive runners. Meanwhile, the one-mile run is just for fun. Participants can walk or run. There’s also the Children’s Trot for the little ones.

The Noteworthy Race begins at 7 p.m. at Barrett Lakes Office Park, Building Four, off Greers Chapel Road in Kennesaw.

Click here for more information and to register!

NEW this year:

  • Food trucks will be on site!
  • Group Registration is available. Get your co-workers, church group, fantasy league, or softball team to come out to the race and enjoy a discount on registration!

If you’d like to volunteer, are interested in becoming a sponsor or a vendor, or just have questions, contact us  at

Registraion Open for Certificate in Nonprofit Board Governance Training Series

August 21, 2014

The Cobb Chamber, Cobb Community Foundation, Cobb Community Collaborative and nonprofit CPA Glenda Y. Hicks are pleased to announce a new training series coming in October 2014 that will assist in developing a pipeline of formally trained individuals to serve on Boards of Directors for nonprofit organizations which serve clients in Cobb County.

Nonprofit CPA and BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer Glenda Y. Hicks along with the Cobb Chamber,  Cobb Community Foundation and Cobb Community Collaborative are committed to cultivating the exceptional, well-trained Board members and candidates that our community deserves. If you have served on a nonprofit Board — and if you have not yet served on a Nonprofit Board — this training is for you!

Registration for this 3-week series is now open. The program offers two time and date options for your convenience. Option 1 takes place on Tuesdays Oct. 14, 21 & 28 in the morning and Option 2 takes place on Thursdays Oct. 16, 23 & 30 in the afternoon. All seminars will take place at the Mansour Center. For specific times and registration information, click here.

Who should attend:

  • Those from companies which want to strengthen their community presence and impact
  • Existing Board members who have not received formal nonprofit Board training
  • Those who have never served on a nonprofit Board
  • Those who have served on a nonprofit Board but felt lost, unfulfilled or ineffective
  • Those who want to effectively give to their community by sharing their time, talent and gifts

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the basic roles and responsibilities of serving on a nonprofit Board
  • To understand the expectations of a Board member
  • To understand how to work effectively with Board members and the staff Chief Executive
  • To gain access to nonprofit organizations seeking Board members

About the Trainer – Glenda Hicks:

Glenda Hicks is a Certified Public Accountant, with a solo practice in Marietta, GA. Glenda exclusively serves nonprofit organizations with financial management, financial leadership and board governance training, consulting, executive coaching, and assessment services utilizing her 26 years of professional experience.

Glenda is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, having joined a select group of trainers after completing a rigorous application and certification process. BoardSource is a national nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. that has supported and promoted excellence in nonprofit board service for nearly 25 years.

Glenda is a former officer and board member of the Cobb Community Collaborative, Girls on the Run of Atlanta, National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), and the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida. She is a former finance committee member of MUST Ministries and a graduate of Leadership Cobb class of 2010.

Glenda is an ongoing faculty presenter for certification courses at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in Atlanta, GA and is a former adjunct faculty member for Brenau University and the University of Miami. Glenda is also co-author of four personal development books for women and young adults.

Center for Credentialing and Education Approves Board Certified Coaching Destination for Life University’s Psychology Degrees

August 11, 2014

LifeUniversityLogoLife University (LIFE) is proud to announce a recent honor bestowed upon its Psychology Department, as it has been designated by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CC) as an Approved Board Certified Coach (BBC) training provider. Now, all recent LIFE graduates with an Associate of Science degree in Coaching Psychology or Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Coaching Psychology concentration, along with current and future students who graduate with either of those two degrees or with the new Master of Positive Psychology (Coaching Psychology Track) degree, can earn BCC designation by passing a written exam administered by the CCE.

“We have a number of recent graduates and current students interested in this highly sought after designation,” said Mickey Parsons, Master Certified Coach and Assistant Professor of Psychology at LIFE. “We believe this designation will only help grow enrollment for the Psychology Department and LIFE’s College of Graduate and Undergraduate studies, as this provides a significant opportunity for the graduates of our programs who take advantage of the BBC endorsement.”

The mission of Life University is to empower each student with the education, skills and values needed for career success and life fulfillment based on a vitalistic philosophy.  The University’s Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional programs – each one committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research and the overall student experience – offer a vision and the promise for a meaningful life, the proficiencies necessary to achieve optimum personal performance, and the wisdom to become transformational leaders in an increasingly diverse, global and dynamic world.

Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award four-year graduate and undergraduate degrees in a variety of healthcare, science, business and general studies fields, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the Accreditation Council for Education and Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

With its vitalistic vision, clearly defined performance proficiencies and measurable criteria for success, a Life University education will produce leaders who exemplify humanistic values and, in a world where change is constant, provide innovative approaches to direct that change to elevate society and evolve its health care system.

For more information on LIFE’s Psychology degrees, the new BBC designation of any other of LIFE’s undergraduate, graduate or Doctor of Chiropractic degree programs, contact Will Brooks, Communications Coordinator, at (678) 331-4342 or by email at

Cobb-Area Companies Urged to Apply for TAG 2014 Excalibur Awards

August 7, 2014

TAGThe Technology Association of Georgia in collaboration with the Business and Technology Alliance of TAG, is seeking applications and nominations for the 2014 TAG Excalibur Awards. Cobb-area companies are urged to apply for TAG 2014 Excalibur Awards as these awards will recognize companies and organizations that demonstrate the best use of technology.

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 23,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The Business and Technology Alliance of TAG is focused on addressing the challenges of today’s fast paced marketplace by bringing together business leaders and technology innovators to address key business issues. Their mission is to foster business innovation through the exploration of technological advancements and the ways in which these technologies can help corporations in all industries to solve complex problems and be more competitive.

The TAG Excalibur Awards recognize Georgia companies and organizations that demonstrate the best use of technology, typically provided by a third party, to solve complex issues and processes in business and education.

“Cobb County is home to a number of companies that leverage technology to solve critical issues,” said TAG President and CEO, Tino Mantella. “I urge tech-enabled companies from the Cobb county area to apply.”

Interested companies have until August 29, 2014 to be considered for this annual program after which, Semi-Finalists will be selected by the Excalibur Judging Committee. Companies selected as semi-finalists will then be required to meet with the judges for interviewing process. The winning companies will be recognized in one of five categories: Small Companies, Mid-sized Companies, Large Companies, Educational Organizations and Most Creative Solution.

Winning companies will also be featured on the TV program, Atlanta Tech Edge, which airs on Sundays at 11:30 on WXIA-TV- 11 Alive. The TAG Excalibur Awards ceremony will be held October 24, 2014 at the Georgia Aquarium located at 225 Baker Street in Atlanta.

To apply visit:

If you would like to nominate a company, please visit:

Follow the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #TAGExcalibur. To learn more visit:

Sweetwater Mission Puts on Dog, Hosts Mutt Strutt

August 6, 2014

mutt strutt logo w bkgdCome join the fun at the Marietta Mutt Strutt on Saturday, September 6th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, on the beautiful grounds of Marietta First United Methodist Church located at 56 Whitlock Ave., SW, just off of the Marietta Square. Bring the entire family, including the dog, for a day of fun! Enjoy Bluegrass music with the Cherokee Cut Ups on the main stage, delectable treats from the Food Trucks, Dachshund Races, the Kid Zone with lots of fun activities for all ages, and the Pet Parade and costume contest. Parking and admission are free.

Over 60 vendors will showcase their wares. We have something for everyone, from Harley Davidson and Luxury Cars to artisans and entertainment! Be sure to take Fido to the Bone Bar, where nearly 4000 pounds of dog treats are available for you to scoop – and they’re free! Looking for a new family member? Visit the eight Rescue groups who will have furry friends of all sizes just waiting to meet you.

Bring a chair to set up along the parade route, and settle in to watch Jr. Miss Cobb County, Carley Jaymes Vogel, lead off the parade with a full court of Princes and Princesses, and dogs, in full regalia and competition. The parade route winds through the park, past the Grandparents’ grandstand at Winwood, and ends at the Pavilion, where prizes will be awarded. Categories include Look Alike, School Spirit, What the Woof?, In the Movies, Naked Dog (no costume)and finally, The People’s Choice Award. This award goes to the canine with the most “Likes” on Facebook, so if your fur baby doesn’t do well in a crowd, they can still participate online!  Post a pic of your dog on the Marietta Mutt Strutt Facebook page, in costume – or not, and get busy sharing. The one with the most ‘Likes’ wins!

All prizes are provided by Costo, and include a new dog bed and more! If you want to participate in the parade, visit for the registration form. The cost is $20 per dog. Do you Groupon? Look for the deal to show up in your inbox soon! Is your dog under 30 pounds? Enter them at the Race Headquarters for just $2 per pooch. We are expecting up to 1,500 visitors, so if this sounds like a great place to showcase your wares as a vendor, we still have a few spaces. Contact Linda Oviatt at 770-241-4302 for more information.

This event is being held to support and raise awareness of Sweetwater Mission, a nonprofit that has been helping families with food, clothing, job training and more since 1968. Sweetwater provides, on average, two tons of food a day for those in need – every day, 365 days a year!  Also look for beautifully handcrafted items for sale at the Mutt Strutt, made by the participants in Sweetwater’s newest artisan program for the formerly chronically homeless. Our mission since 1968 has been to prevent hundger and homelessness. We help stabilize families by providing basic needs and transform lives through education and employment opportunities. Visit to find out how you can help.


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