CDA Rises To The Challenge

CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY RECEIVES UNPRECEDENTED MATCHING CHALLENGE GRANTS

For the first time in the organization’s 50 year history, the CDA kicks off its Annual Campaign with unprecedented matching gift opportunities from the Hagan Family of Roswell and Grants to Green, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

Last year the Hagan Family made one of the largest pledges ever to the CDA; $150,000 over five years with a challenge to raise at least $30,000 in matching money yearly. The Hagan Challenge enabled the CDA to raise over $100,000 from individuals and families last year. In year two the Hagan Challenge will match all donations $250 and above. In addition, on Friday the CDA was awarded a Grants to Green Implementation award of $161,000. This grant will be used to pay for half of the $320,000 cost to replace an obsolete boiler and chiller as well as improve lighting and other energy efficiencies at the school.

The CDA’s boiler and chiller are both over 35 years old, unreliable and inefficient. This results in excessive heating and cooling bills that could better go to scholarships for students. Additionally, should these outdated systems fail, the CDA is at risk of sending children home. State licensing requirements demand that schools maintain a temperature between 65 – 85 degrees.

Maggie DeCan, CEO and executive director of the CDA

“This is an exciting time for the CDA from our recent rebranding to the generous challenge match opportunities, any gift to the CDA above $250 will be matched by both the Hagan Family and Grants to Green up to $30,000 and $161,000 respectively. On Sunday the generous members of North Point Community Church as part of their Be Rich Campaign pledged the 1st matching gift of $50,000,” said Maggie DeCan, CEO & Executive Director of the Children’s Development Academy. “We have an incredible opportunity to raise $320,000 to benefit the children and we are so grateful for the vote of support from the Hagan Family, Grants to Green and members of North Point Community Church that is allowing us to make such an incredible difference in this organization. We are confident that the community and supporters will respond as well.”

Going green is helping organizations reduce their environmental impact and at the same time improve their bottom line. An innovative community initiative, Grants to Green, will help the Children’s Development Academy do just that. The CDA applied for and was awarded a Grants to Green Assessment and Implementation grant. Launched in 2008, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are environmentally efficient and provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region.

The CDA is the only high-quality center in the north Metro-Atlanta arc offering need-based tuition scholarships and subsidies in a NAEYC accredited, Georgia 3-star quality rated preschool center. The CDA is a 501(c)3 organization and tax deductible contributions may be made through their website at www.cdakids.org.

Grants to Green provides environmentally- focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region. Grants to Green is an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, created in partnership with Southface and the Kendeda Fund.

This article was provided by the CDA.