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Rutledge Center CCF Foundation of the Year

BYKANDICEBELL

kandice@newnan.com

The Rutledge Center is the Coweta County Community Foundation Nonprofit of the Year. The Rutledge Center Inc. is a nonprofit that provides day programming for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Ann Newton succeeded longtime director Bobby Welch, who retired June 1 after 20 years of service.

Marie Powell with CORRAL, a Coweta nonprofit that provides and promotes equine-assisted learning for physically and/or mentally challenged individuals, said she was not surprised the Rutledge Center was chosen.

CORRAL is a member of the Rutledge Center. Powell said the organization often partners with the center for events.

'Those folks do an incredible job,' Powell said. 'They really fill in the gaps. It's an awesome place for these kids to work and get involved with the community as they mature.'

Powell said many of the children and adults she's worked with also visit the Rutledge Center. She said although Newton had big shoes to fill succeeding Welch, she is 'true to heart.

'I'm glad she was chosen to take over,' Powell said.

The center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in June 2018, received a $3,000 grant from the foundation for board development.

CORRAL also received a $2,000 for operational expenses.

In addition to designating the Nonprofit of the Year, the foundation also presented more than $42,000 in grant awards for 2019, and the organization decided to deliver the checks to this year's recipients instead of hosting its annual breakfast.

Orren Jones, CCF's executive director, said the decision was made based on the foundation's mission and being 'fiscally responsible.'

The foundation sent a letter to the recipients regarding the decision to eliminate the grant awards breakfast.

' Each year, the amount of grant requests we receive exceeds the amount of funds we have available. For this reason, our committee has decided to make a change this year pertaining to the grants award ceremony,' the letter stated. 'Because the work you do is so critical to our community, we have decided that in lieu of a formal awards ceremony this year, we can better serve those in need by redirecting the money originally budgeted for the grants ceremony. This has allowed us to immediately increase the funds we disburse to our grant recipients. The Coweta Community Foundation Grants Committee and Board of Directors is diligent in making every dollar count for those we serve by investing in the community.'

Jones said the nonprofits were very receptive to the idea.

'They have enjoyed meeting board members and actually being able to show what they're doing for the community,' Jones said. 'Normally, only the grants committee get to see behind the scenes. This has allowed board members to see the impact the foundation is having on the community.'

Jones said the main goal of the foundation is 'getting the nonprofits the recognition for the great stuff they're doing.'

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The Rutledge Center in Newnan is the Coweta Community Foundation Nonprofit of the Year. The center also received a $3,000 grant from the foundation for board development. Left to right are CCF Board Member Kevin Barbee, CCF Board Chair Michelle Boyd, CCF Executive Director, Orren Jones, Ani Nenov, Rutledge Center Executive Director Ann Newton, and Brandon Arnold. On the back row is CCF Board Member Marvin McKoy.

PHOTO BY ANGELA MCRAE

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The Coweta Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3 organization that helps focus local philanthropy on the community's changing needs. The foundation manages individual gifts and bequests as an endowed pool of assets, distributing grants to a wide variety of organizations that enhance and support the quality of life in Coweta County, while maintaining the charitable intent of the donors.

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