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The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls and to end generational poverty. The Foundation has invested more than $13 million in the Atlanta area to 250 nonprofit organizations that have help move women and girls from poverty to economic self-sufficiency.
In addition to local grantmaking, AWF produces programs, builds awareness and supports public policy in order to leverage community resources to break the cycle of generational poverty. The Foundation is the only independent foundation in Georgia focusing specifically on the needs of women and girls and its service area includes Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
Generational Poverty Effects on the Community Generational poverty is deep-rooted and complex. The absence of economic self-sufficiency is at the heart of critical issues faced by girls and women in our community. AWF exists because barriers to success continue to impede women and girls living in poverty. The organization’s proprietary research identified the following foundational issues facing women and girls in generational poverty:
Poverty: 81,000 girls and 320,000 women and girls live in poverty in the five-county metro area.
Education: The four-year graduation rate for Atlanta Public Schools was 51% in 2012.
Teen Pregnancy: In 2009, one in 5 babies born within the five metro Atlanta counties was born to a mom still in high school or without a diploma. One in five of those moms have a second baby before age 20.
Physical and Emotional Health: 42% of Georgia women with annual household income of less than $15,000 are obese.
Ultimately, it is AWF’s goal to create healthier communities by ensuring barriers are removed, and that girls and women can reach their fullest potential.