The Circle of Joy, a giving circle located in Decatur, GA, just celebrated their 5th birthday in a very special way! A party was held at the Steel Case office in Peachtree Center, and more than fifty guests attended. The Circle of Joy is a philanthropic organization under the umbrella of the Community Investment Network (CIN) whose focus is to share their time, talent, and treasures with communities who need assistance in nurturing, developing, and promoting their own.
The COJ’s primary interest lies with children, and as a result, they choose to partner with communities who are aiding and assisting children; in the five years that the COJ has been in existence, they have granted more than $15,000 and over 1000 hours in community service to their grantees. For their 2014 grant giving cycle, they would like to grant $10,000 in celebration of their fifth year!
Anyone who would like to contribute to this giving circle improving the quality of life of youth in metropolitan Atlanta CLICK HERE to make donations. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated.
Three grantees of the circle attended the fifth birthday party. They were:
Students Without Mothers main goal is to provide academic scholarships for high school seniors whose mothers are absent from the home. Pride for Parents main focus is to provide toys, gifts, and daily essentials to families; parents can make purchase s at hugely discounted prices at The Market Place , the community store created by Pride for Parents. And lastly, All Grown Up stresses self esteem and provides young ladies with the life skills needed to become well rounded, educated, and community service minded individuals who will be life long assets to their communities.
Other guests who contributed to the festivities were: Tony Pigford, the newest staff member of CIN and a circle member of DAAP (Denver African-American Philanthropists), Lyord Watson (a CIN board member) and his wife Katrina (both circle members of the Birmingham Change Fund), and Kenny Ashe (a CIN board member).
The Circle of Joy wishes to thank all the guests who helped to make this birthday celebration a success! Due to the generosity and philanthropic commitments of those in attendance, over $1000 in donations were generated during the event. If others would still like to contribute, it is not too late, and if you would like to learn more about the Circle of Joy, go to the Circle Of Joy website.