Maggie’s Giving Group
Maggie’s Giving Group grew out of a simple premise: Charitable giving is a natural outgrowth of a person’s healthy, mature relationship with money. We know that charitable giving is key to financial health, but we do it for the peace and joy it brings.
Each year Chicory Wealth’s clients nominate organizations to be considered as beneficiaries of an annual fundraising event. Maggie’s Giving Group board members then choose two final organizations. Our goals align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. As of 2022, Maggie’s Giving Group had raised approximately $162,000 for community organizations since its inception in 2007.
Announcing the Two Winning Charities for 2022
The Afghan American Alliance of Georgia is a nonprofit founded after the 2021 US withdrawal from Afghanistan to support the many Afghan families fleeing the Taliban to start a new life in Georgia. The goals of the AAAGA are to provide direct aid to help the new arrivals get back on their feet, orient them to life in the US, and provide them with the support they need to find financial stability and independence.
Lost-n-Found Youth is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that exists to end homelessness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual minority youth. The mission of Lost-n-Found Youth is to end homelessness for all LGBTQ youth by providing them with the skills and support needed to live independently.
Additional Charities Nominated for 2022:
Access Reproductive Care – Southeast. Provides funding and logistical support to ensure Southerners receive safe and compassionate reproductive care including abortion services.
Atlanta Mission. Helps adults and young people in Atlanta experiencing homelessness.
Boyce L. Ansley School. Provides a tuition-free, private school education for children who have experienced homelessness.
Decatur Cooperative Ministry. Focuses on transitional housing, shelter, homelessness prevention, and rehousing in Decatur, GA.
Families First. Provides youth and families with counseling services, health and wellness education, early childhood education, life skills, and more.
Georgia Innocence Project. Works to free the innocent and educate the public about the problem of wrongful conviction.
Greening Youth Foundation. Engages under-represented Atlanta youth and young adults, while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation.
HDHM (Handy Dandy Handy Man). Provides assistance to people in Connecticut who are unable to obtain assistance or services on their own or with their own resources.
Helping Mamas. Provides essential baby items and period products to families that need it most.
Interfaith Children’s Movement. Building a multi-faith grassroots advocacy coalition that works to create a Georgia where all children thrive.
A Home for Everyone in DeKalb, Inc. Provides emergency cold weather shelters and rapid rehousing assistance for those experiencing homelessness in DeKalb County, Georgia.
L’Arche Atlanta. Transforms lives by building community among people with and without disabilities.
Monarchs Across Georgia. Inspires caretakers of the natural environment through monarch and pollinator education.
National Network of Abortion Funds. Works to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access.
Next Generation Men and Women, Inc. Closes the opportunity gap for under-resourced students in Atlanta through exposure and support.
The Nia Project. Empowers African American women survivors of abuse or experiencing suicidal thoughts to access behavioral health services, find a new sense of purpose, lead more meaningful lives, and affirm their commitment to living a violence-free life.
Pisgah Legal Services. Pursues justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina.
The Nomination Process for Maggie’s Giving Group
- 2020 — No Category Priority (Due to these unique COVID-19 impacted times, we paused in 2020 from prioritizing any one of our three broad categories)
- 2021 & 2024 — Environment/Sustainability
- 2018 & 2022 — People
- 2019 & 2023 — Animals
A non-profit nomination:
- Must be an IRS 501(c)3 qualified charity
- Must serve a vulnerable/underserved population
- Must appeal to a broad demographic of Chicory Wealth clients
- Must have a clear and compelling mission
- Must generate direct, tangible results
- Must be well-managed
- Must demonstrate likelihood of being a sustainable organization
- Must be able to make a real impact from the projected $4,000 to $7,000 typically raised by our event
- Does NOT need to be local to metro Atlanta, given that a growing portion of Chicory Wealth clients now live outside of Georgia; it may be a small global organization
- Should not be a prior recipient of Maggie’s Giving Group fund
Our Past Projects
To see all the organizations Maggie’s Giving Group has partnered with in the past, click HERE.
To see an update from our 2021 charities on how they used the funds we raised, click HERE.