6 Nonprofits to Watch in 2017

The start of a new year gives everyone a chance to reflect on the moments passed and envision what’s ahead. In 2016, we were grateful to jumpstart our journey into sharing stories about Atlanta’s civic sector. In 2017, we are motivated more than ever to feature stories that inspire you to engage as a volunteer, donate to a cause you care about, apply to an available resource, meet a social entrepreneur, or simply celebrate the success of others. We know this city will continue to dazzle us with its entrepreneurial spirit and drive for positive change.

To kick off our first post of the new year, we highlighted six organizations that are ready to kick ass and take names in 2017. Get excited for another trip around the sun and check out these organizations making big moves!


Burnaway, a Southern arts publication, recently received a $20,000 NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) grant. The staff is wasting no time in putting those funds to good use; they are planning an aggressive push for new writers and expansion of content in 2017.


Everyone’s favorite civic convener has set their sights on having a busy, hard-hitting year. The organization is planning to focus on the upcoming local elections and expand in the rapidly changing landscape of South Downtown. Not to mention scaling their Fellowship program.


We recently had the pleasure of chatting with ChopArt CEO, Malika Whitley, and she has grand plans in store. Not only is ChopArt expanding their young, motivated board of directors, but they are also launching programs for homeless youth in New Orleans and Accra, Ghana.


Keep MODA on your radar because they are launching unique, engaging exhibitions in 2017. MODA’s upcoming installations will focus on sustainable food, touching topics on health and equity and why to design playful cities.


One of the most buzzed about grassroots organizations in Atlanta is the rapidly expanding nonprofit, re:imagine ATL. The youth media org is planning on increasing their specialized workshops for high schoolers, including No Comment, a web series boot camp implemented in partnership with VOX ATL.


Last year urban farm Truly Living Well got new digs, moving everything from trees to soil from Sweet Auburn to the Westside. In the upcoming year they will settle into their new home as they continue their regular programming and CSA, as well as work on engaging students from nearby M. Agnes Elementary School.

Know of another nonprofit or social entrepreneur set to make waves in 2017? Let us know here.