It’s taken a while, but money has begun to trickle into the Georgia Foundation for Public Education, a little-known entity with big hopes of raising money for public education in Georgia.
Authorized through state legislation in 2010, the foundation has raised $70,798 from individuals and companies that, by law, must be used to enhance public education in Georgia.
Specifically, the money will be used for the lieutenant governor’s Healthy Kids Program, teacher recognition programs, the Georgia School for the Deaf, the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, the Georgia Academy for the Blind and the governor's Honors Program.
“The long-term impact and assistance that the foundation can provide, if successful, will be twofold: first, to raise awareness and promote the positive impact that the beneficiaries provide in educational excellence in Georgia,” said Brad Bryant, executive director of the foundation. “The second benefit is that of strengthening the investment of -- and in -- the beneficiaries.
"We do that through attracting new resources -- individual, corporate and philanthropic -- to be collectively blended with government resource streams for a stronger collective impact.”