About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation leads and inspires philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving.


The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation, among 750 nationally, with approximately $1.1 billion in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality donor services and bold, innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $144 million from donors in 2017 and distributed more than $100 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond.

In 2018 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction, putting the Foundation among the top 10 highest-rated community foundations.

For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Georgia Healthy Cities project is powered by the planners and researchers at Neighborhood Nexus. The Community Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for Neighborhood Nexus.

About Neighborhood Nexus

Neighborhood Nexus is the premier resource for community data in the state of Georgia. Neighborhood Nexus is a partnership between the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission, United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.


Neighborhood Nexus is dedicated to improving policy at the local level by both improving access to high-quality data and presenting that data in a way is useful to a wide audience. By developing both broad and deep partnerships in the communities where we work, our group has been able to compile over six thousand data variables, which we convert from abstract numbers into meaningful information through proven data visualization techniques.

For more information, visit: neighborhoodnexus.org or call (470) 378-1605

Georgia Healthy Cities project partners

Project Team Leads


Bernita Smith

Principal Investigator

Neighborhood Nexus, Director


Michelle Marcus Rushing

Policy Impact Specialist

Georgia Health Policy Center


Davina Law

Community Outreach Lead

Set The Atmosphere


Layla Bellows

Data Analyst

Atlanta Regional Commission


Erik Woodworth

Data Scientist

Atlanta Regional Commission


This research is based upon work supported by the Urban Institute through funds provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We thank them for their support but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this report are those of the author(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Urban Institute or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.