YMCA of Metro Atlanta to Receive Inaugural Award from Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Y will be honored with Best Pivot of 2020 Award on Oct. 29

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta will receive the inaugural Best Pivot of 2020 Award as a part of National Philanthropy Day. The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Greater Atlanta Chapter will present the award to the Y on Oct. 29 to honor the positive impact the organization has made in metro Atlanta.

The award recognizes the Y’s commitment to providing programs to serve youth, families and communities throughout the pandemic. In March, the Y established a childcare program for first responders, medical professionals and other frontline workers, which adapted into summer programming and has transformed into Y Campus Connection, which supports students K-6 in completing remote learning while also staying active and enjoying fun activities.

“This work would not be possible without numerous community partnerships and philanthropic support,” said Lauren Koontz, president and CEO of YMCA of Metro Atlanta. “I am extremely proud of how the Y adapted, evolved and pivoted to meet critical needs during a very challenging time. In many ways, this was our moment to truly deliver on our promise of service to those who turn to us for community and their well-being.”

Additionally, the award highlights the Y’s hunger relief efforts. Since March, the Y has expanded its offerings, turning branches and other locations into massive food distribution centers serving communities in metro Atlanta. To date, more than 353,000 meals have been provided at Atlanta Y locations.


About the YMCA of Metro Atlanta

For more than 162 years the YMCA of Metro Atlanta has been impacting lives and strengthening communities. As Atlanta has grown, the YMCA has also evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. Well-thought-out planning, while engaging stakeholders at various levels, provides the backdrop for sustainable change and positive impact at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. By providing impactful services and support networks, and building bridges between people from all backgrounds, the Y has maintained its relevance, helping to create stronger, more cohesive communities for all.

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Greater Atlanta Chapter

The Association of Fundraising Professionals promotes professional development, networking and volunteer opportunities for those working in the fundraising arena. With over 500 members, the Greater Atlanta Chapter reflects a cross-section of Atlanta’s nonprofit community, as well as the consultants and resource partners who serve our industry. This chapter welcomes professionals at all career levels from organizations of all sizes.