The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia awarded a record-breaking amount of grant money to area nonprofits at its banquet Tuesday at the 1818 Club.

The organization issued 24 grants totaling an organizational record $425,000, including a $200,000 challenge grant for Aurora Theatre’s capital campaign. Including nonprofits receiving challenge grants, the organization said the total impact being funneled reached $1,057,000.

“This is one of the highlights of our year. It’s why we exist,” Randy Redner, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, said in press release. “Our communities have so many incredible nonprofits doing life-changing, generation-changing work each and every day. To be able to support some of them in the work they do, to help them impact even more people and change even more lives — that is part of our mission at the Community Foundation. Including this year’s grants, the Community Foundation has now donated over $86 million to worthy charities since 1985.”

This year’s grant awards focused on food insufficiency and early education. The grant awards ended with a special grant to Aurora Theatre. The funds of Tuesday’s grant will create the Mary Kistner Gallery at Aurora, honoring an activist and longtime supporter of the Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia began operating as the Gwinnett Foundation, Inc, in March 1985. It was founded by a group of community minded residents to receive and disburse charitable funds for an improved quality of life throughout Gwinnett County. For more information, visit www.cfneg.org.

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