Decatur Legacy Project

aka Legacy Decatur   |   Decatur, GA   |  http://www.legacydecatur.org

Mission

We grow programs, partnerships, and resources that create and support a positive legacy for the City of Decatur.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Lyn Menne

Main address

500 S. Columbia Drive

Decatur, GA 30030 USA

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EIN

47-2242615

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Building and maintaining a resilient city requires strong partnerships between elected officials, city staff, and an engaged community. Oftentimes, projects and programs exceed the day to day capacity that exists for local government. In response, we serve to: Provide financial management, fundraising capability, and promotional infrastructure for citizen-led projects and programs that align with our values but lack the resources necessary to attain their own non-profit status; assist Decatur leadership as a non-profit partner in achieving community-defined strategic goals such as attainable housing, environmental programs, and community-building projects spotlight the activities of diverse non-profit organizations, citizen groups, and individuals in our city and contribute to our collective legacy. We also manage operations and implement community master plan at Decatur Legacy Park

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Decatur United Small Business Relief Fund

Coordinating community donations funding a city-led emergency small business loan program for local enterprises impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Providing the fiscal management for community funds being raised to fund a public art installation to honor the legacy of Congressman John Lewis. The installation replaces a Confederate monument that was removed from the Old DeKalb County Courthouse lawn. A task force including a diverse group of DeKalb County citizens, community leaders, arts leaders and several elected officials met to define the goal of the project, solicit design submissions and select a sculptor and a design. To date, this community-driven effort has raised over $550,000. The anticipated date of the installation and the unveiling is the Spring of 2023.

Population(s) Served

Repurposing four former group homes at Decatur Legacy Park to provide affordable housing and affordable studio space for area artists in the 40% - 80% AMI. We are working in partnership with the Decatur Arts Alliance. They will be responsible for selecting the artists, managing the space and organizing art program in the courtyard. We will assure that the buildings are updated and meet code and assist with securing funding to complete needed renovations and cosmetic improvements. We are working closely with the City of Decatur which owns the property. Our organization has an organization management contract with the City to implement the master plan for the property and handle leasing and programming at the property.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

We are working closely with the City of Decatur and the Decatur Land Trust to develop a small cottage court behind two former group homes at Decatur Legacy Park. The cottages will be sold through the Land Trust to qualified buyers with a goal of targeting first-time buyers of various ages, incomes, ethnicity, developmental and physical abilities. The two adjacent group homes will be a part of the project and will upgraded to provide small apartments and or co-housing rental options with the same diversity goal as noted above.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults
People with disabilities

Our organization provides management and implementation leadership for the community master plan adopted for Decatur Legacy Park. The park is the former United Methodist Childrens Home purchased by the City of Decatur in 2017. The property includes 77 acres of land and over 30 historic buildings dating back to the early 20th century. We negotiate and manage leasing of office space to small non-profits in the former Administration Building and manage leases for individual buildings to provide programming space for non-profits that meet the mission of the master plan. To date we have seven small non-profits leasing offices and have activated three of the individual buildings with leases to three non-profits organizations. We manage the 22 acre conservation area and support affordable housing development. Revenue from leases, events rentals and weddings support the operation of the park.

Population(s) Served

In honor of the City's 200th birthday in December 2023, we are coordinating community-wide efforts designed to educate and inform, celebrate and create a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. A year-long calendar of activities is planned designed to tell the story of the City and celebrate the vision and values that we share. A 200 Stories project is intended to gather the stories from a diverse group of everyday residents. Not the famous and well-known but every day people who live and work in the City sharing their story about Decatur. The project will be similar to the Story Corps model and will engage students of public history at Agnes Scott College and Georgia State University as well as film students from SCAD. The final product will be available in a variety of formats. We will be raising funds to support this effort and also plan to plant and map 200 trees throughout the City.

Population(s) Served
People of European descent
People of Asian descent
People of African descent
People of European descent
People of Asian descent
People of African descent
People of European descent
People of Asian descent
People of African descent
People of European descent
People of Asian descent
People of African descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
People of Latin American descent
People of European descent
People of Asian descent
People of African descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Legacy Decatur was established in 2015 to grow programs, partnerships, and resources that create and support a positive legacy for Decatur. It exists as a distinct nonprofit aligned closely with the City of Decatur, offering a flexible means of connecting elected officials with community leaders and motivated citizens in support of legacy-oriented initiatives, particularly those involving housing attainability, community-building, and the environment. Legacy Decatur provides a non-profit vehicle by which individuals and organizations can personally contribute, as donors or volunteers, to meeting broader community goals, and through which grants and other forms of funding can be pursued. Beginning in 2021, we entered into an Operations Management Agreement with the City of Decatur to facilitate the implementation of the community's master plan at Decatur Legacy Park and direct operations and programming at the property. This 77 acre property was once the United Methodist Children's Home and includes over 30 historic buildings and with over 22 acres protected by a conservation easement. We focus on leasing the buildings to non-profit organizations and programs that support the mission of the park, manage event rentals and film rentals to generate revenue to support the operation of the property and support the development of affordable housing opportunities at the property in partnership with the City of Decatur and other organizations and agencies in the area.

We have an operations agreement with the City of Decatur to serve the city's non-profit partner to implement the community's vision and goals for the 77-acre former United Methodist Childrens Home acquired by the city in 2017. This property, renamed Decatur Legacy Park, represented a major financial investment in the future of our City by securing a large tract of open space and preserving over 30 historic buildings to enhance our city and increase opportunities to address the vision and goals of our community. The bold master plan incorporated a diverse set of goals for the property to include environmental protection and education; repurposing historic buildings for non-profit offices, community programs, artist studios and creative, affordable housing options; expanded recreational programming and the development of new affordable housing units. This management agreement offers Legacy Decatur an opportunity to address the specific mission of our organization and provide the City of Decatur the flexibility required to implement a long-range master plan for this property that meet the communities long-range visions for the city and for the property. It also allows us to pursue some revenue generating programs at the site that will provide funding to support the implementation of this master plan.

We have expanded our role as a convener and supporter of other city-based non-profit organizations and citizen-driven activities to provide a platform and a vehicle to educate and inform the community about their work and a mechanism to host specific project-related fundraising in support of these programs. We provided a fundraising platform in partnership with the City of Decatur and the Decatur Business Association to raise funds to support small, locally owned businesses during the pandemic. We partnered with the City of Decatur and DeKalb County to serve as the fundraising partner in support of a community wide effort to fund a public art installation honoring the life of the late Congressman John Lewis on the old courthouse square. The public art piece replaces a Confederate Memorial removed in 2020. We supported the development of an affordable housing development at Legacy Park in partnership with the City of Decatur and the Decatur Housing Authority scheduled to break ground in 2023. We are partnering with the Decatur Land Trust to issue an RFP for a smaller cottage court affordable housing development to be issued later this year. We have partnered with the Decatur Arts Alliance to repurpose four buildings at Legacy Park to provide affordable housing and studio space for local artists and secured a $209,000 grant through Congressman Hank Johnson for that effort. We now house nine non-profit organizations at Legacy Park providing a variety of services from a program supporting economic stability for refugee women, to a wild bird rehabilitation center.

We expanded our board to four additional at-large community members with expertise in affordable housing development, financial management, volunteer organization and public management. We hired our first full-time staff person effective January 2022 to direct programming and rentals at Legacy Park, created a monthly newsletter, facebook page and expanded our communication platforms and outreach. This full-time staff person supports the work of our part-time executive director to meet the needs of increased programming and tenants. We continue to generate revenue through office and program space rentals, event rentals and film rentals at Legacy Park generating revenue to cover the costs of operations and help fund capital investments to expand community life at the park and support affordable housing developments at the site.

-Expanded our board to 11 members
-Held our third annual board retreat
-Created a regular monthly -enewsletter and expanded our online data bases to over 1000 members
-Launched a new website specific to Legacy Park programs, rentals and operations
- Launched a wedding rental venue utilizing the 1911 historic chapel in 2021
-Expanded the number of small non-profits leasing office space in the Administration Building to seven
-Renovated three individual buildings in partnership with three non-profits to provide programming ranging from the Refugee Women's Network, the Frank Hamilton Folk Music School, and the Wild Nest Bird Rehabilitation Center.
-Hosted a growing number of meetings and conferences at Legacy Park
-Began the renovation of the historic, stone dairy barn for use as an environmental education center
-Successfully pursued a grant to support the renovation of four buildings to serve as the Creative Village providing affordable housing and studio space for area artists
-Successfully pursued a grant to build an accessible and inclusive playground at Legacy Park as outlined in the master plan
-Partnered with local leaders to provide fundraising support to create a permanent, public art installation in the City honoring the life of Congressman John Lewis.
-Published our first annual report

-Provided private donation platform in support of a city-led small business loan program to help locally owned businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The City of Decatur pledged $400,000 to the effort, the City's development authorities contributed $100,000 and the Legacy Decatur fundraising effort generated over $50,000 from over 200 Decatur residents for the effort. The loan program was able to provide no interest loans averaging $20,000 each to 27 local businesses as a result of this effort. The campaign raised awareness of our organization and provided an important example of just how we can support our city and assure that we leave a positive legacy for future generations.

What's Next:
-We will focus on the successful approval of a management contract with the City of Decatur to manage operations at Legacy Park
-We will expand our community partnerships and public awareness about our organization and mission

Financials

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Decatur Legacy Project

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tony Powers

Andrea Arnold

Peggy Merriss

Ed Bowen

Patti Garrett

Allen Mast

Paul Mitchell

Meredith Struby

Mark Arnold

Mark Ethun

Brian Smith

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/29/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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