Decatur Legacy Project

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

Mission

To grow programs, partnerships, and resources that create and support a positive legacy for 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)

IRS filing requirement

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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 that require fundraising and other flexibilities typically unavailable to local governments; and spotlight the activities of the many diverse non-profit organizations, active citizen groups, and individuals that exist in our city and contribute to our collective legacy.

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

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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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.

We are currently negotiating a management agreement with the City of Decatur that would name Legacy Decatur as 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 34 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 most of 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 plan to expand 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. To that end, we will continue to develop our storytelling program spotlighting the variety of good works occurring in our city and strengthen our relationship with these organizations and their efforts. We will provide an overview of community efforts for old and new residents that will introduce them to opportunities to volunteer and support projects and programs that align with their passions and build stronger community connections.

We are currently expanding our board from seven members to nine members adding two additional community-at-large members to bring community representation on the board to five members. When the management contract is adopted by the City of Decatur naming Legacy Decatur as the management entity for Legacy Park, our organization will have a small but dedicated income stream to allow us to contract with staff to handle both our Legacy Park management responsibilities but also expand our outreach and partnership with other local organizations to meet our mission and assist other local non-profits achieve theirs.

-Expanded board to add three community-at-large members
-Held first annual board retreat
-Updated bylaws and mission and adopted financial policy and conflict of interest policy
-Launched website and expanded public visibility of the organization and our mission
-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 7/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tony Powers


Board co-chair

Meredith Struby

Andrea Arnold

Peggy Merriss

Ed Bowen

Patti Garrett

Allen Mast