Cobb Collaborative Inc

Educating. Engaging. Empowering

GuideStar Charity Check

Cobb Collaborative Inc

EIN: 58-2278352


Connecting community resource leaders together to holistically meet critical needs in our community.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are very excited about the continued growth of our programs and work. We are increasingly seen as the go to resource in Cobb County for items related to nonprofits and a leader in the mental health space.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Irene M. Barton

Main address

940 Concord Rd SE

Smyrna, GA 30080 USA

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Subject area info

Community improvement

Community organizing

Population served info

Children and youth


Family relationships

Social and economic status


NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the backbone of success in communities, thriving families increase investments in the local economy, are happier, and contribute to the continued improvement of the community where they live and work. There are hundreds of organizations in Cobb County serving children and families, yet many individuals continue to be under-served or unable to access resources. We provide the opportunity for cross-sector collaboration to address the most critical needs impacting our community.

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?

Lunch and Learn

A luncheon workshop that helps people grow their businesses and nonprofits through a variety of topics from "Managing your online presence" to "email content".

Population(s) Served

To raise awareness of mental health issues, promote resiliency and reduce stigma in our community. We focus on trauma-informed trainings, suicide prevention and awareness and mindful compassion.

Population(s) Served

This community-wide strategy addresses the achievement gap and school readiness by highlighting five simple, yet powerful tenets that parents and caregivers can do with their young children to address social emotional learning. We promote the work through a variety of programs and activities and leverage our partner network to achieve the socio-ecological saturation that is a hallmark of the program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Georgia Family Connection Partnership 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of programs documented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Mind Your Mind Mental Health Awarenss

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Mind Your Mind Mental Health Awarenss

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

To facilitate opportunities for community organizations to join forces to fill service gaps and inefficiencies preventing progress, raise awareness of programs and services available, and mobilize these organizations to continue to fulfill their mission by providing vital capacity-building resources.

To improve 3rd grade reading proficiency. Research tells us that children who are not reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to not graduate from high school, leading to limited opportunities for employment. A literate workforce is critical to the ongoing commercial success of a community as well as necessary for an engaged citizenry to influence policy, services and quality of life.

To be viewed as a leader for nonprofits in the community - well-versed on matters impacting the nonprofit community as a whole and in Cobb County specifically.

To have Cobb be a trauma-informed community. By recognizing the role that childhood trauma plays in one's development and addressing that trauma, our community can begin to treat the whole person, with all of their experiences. We want all system of care providers to ask "What happened to you?" v. "What is wrong with you?"

On a macro level, our strategy is to convene and charge nonprofit, for-profit, faith, public health and government leaders with the task of improving outcomes for children and families in the following specific areas: 3rd grade reading proficiency, mental health, and civic engagement. We facilitate cross-sector strategy teams who meet and work on specific areas, programs and activities.

On a micro level, our strategy is to equip, empower and engage all member organizations with the tools, resources, and knowledge necessary to fully function in their organizations' missions to improve outcomes for children and families.

Cobb Collaborative is a nonprofit organization that is part of a state wide network called the Georgia Family Connection Partnership. We have a skilled management team that manages a rather robust communications plan and ability to facilitate cross sector opportunities for all community member organizations.

We are a clearinghouse for information about the nonprofit sector in Cobb County, which helps facilitate communications and collaboration.

We launched a mental health campaign in January 2020 to raise awareness, promote resiliency and reduce stigma of mental health conditions. The Mind Your Mind initiative includes online content and resources, trauma-credentialed trainings, documentary film screenings, and panel discussions about sensitive topics including anxiety, stress, and trauma. We provided mental health training to over 1,567 individuals in 2021.

We are the local point of contact for the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, and participate in system-wide grant opportunities to radically implement the science of reading and explain that to the community.

Since 2018 we have,
Grown our membership from 75 to over 130 stakeholders investing into our community.
Helped improve 3rd grade reading proficiency scores in both school systems we work with.
Distributed over 5,000 books in 2022 to build home libraries and promote access to reading
Successfully conducted another year of our Little Free Library campaign with coordinating 22 Little Free Libraries around the community in 2022
Become the lead community coalition for Resilient Georgia
Secured more external funding to support our literacy, mental health, and civic engagement initiatives.
Widened our communications reach via newsletters and multiple social media platforms with the sole purpose of heightening awareness of communal issues, highlighting volunteer opportunities, as well as promoting events that serve multiple functions
Launched our mental health awareness campaign and trained over 2,100 individuals in 2022
Served as a community leader for civic engagement activities in 2022 to increase equitable participation in the 2022 mid-term elections.

In terms

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Primarily, we serve other nonprofit organizations and community-based organizations such as faith bodies, law enforcement, educational leaders and individuals. We do not do direct services, but support those organizations who are serving our most vulnerable children and families.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As part of our mental health awareness campaign, our Executive Director was in a community meeting when the statement was made by the leader of an organization that serves the special needs community that very often people see the visible disability of a special needs person but there can be hidden disabilities or even "different abilities." There is a need to raise awareness of the intersection of the mental health needs of those persons with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities. We are much more aware of this now and scheduled a general membership meeting in 2021 that featured a panel presentation that broke down this topic and raised up work being done and where citizens can get involved. We heard a keynote address by the leader of the Tommy Nobis Center.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, Lot of survey fatigue right now


Cobb Collaborative Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Cobb Collaborative, Inc. 2020 2020 Cobb Collaborative Audited Financial Statements 2019 Cobb Collaborative
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20.16 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Cobb Collaborative Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Cobb Collaborative Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Cobb Collaborative Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$5,262 $2,308 $11,249 -$1,668 -$3,709
As % of expenses -5.4% 2.4% 9.7% -1.1% -2.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$5,262 $2,308 $10,625 -$2,917 -$4,994
As % of expenses -5.4% 2.4% 9.1% -1.9% -3.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $91,847 $100,072 $129,993 $155,624 $145,210
Total revenue, % change over prior year 6.7% 9.0% 29.9% 19.7% -6.7%
Program services revenue 13.2% 11.1% 9.8% 8.3% 6.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 85.1% 87.1% 74.0% 59.4% 43.1%
All other grants and contributions 1.7% 1.7% 16.2% 32.3% 50.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $97,109 $97,764 $116,381 $149,645 $143,929
Total expenses, % change over prior year 14.4% 0.7% 19.0% 28.6% -3.8%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 62.8% 54.9% 51.4%
Professional fees 7.4% 7.3% 7.9% 7.2% 6.0%
Occupancy 3.4% 3.7% 3.3% 11.4% 2.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 89.2% 89.0% 26.1% 26.5% 40.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $97,109 $97,764 $117,005 $150,894 $145,214
One month of savings $8,092 $8,147 $9,698 $12,470 $11,994
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $6,243 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $105,201 $105,911 $132,946 $163,364 $157,208

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 5.9 6.1 4.8 6.0 4.3
Months of cash and investments 5.9 6.1 4.8 6.0 4.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.6 6.8 6.2 4.7 4.5
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $47,474 $49,456 $46,390 $74,609 $51,835
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $12,065 $7,426 $18,877 $9,270 $26,250
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,270 $4,270 $10,513 $6,243 $6,743
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 46.6% 30.0% 46.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 10.9% 2.7% 4.6% 17.2% 10.6%
Unrestricted net assets $53,026 $55,334 $65,959 $63,042 $58,048
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $2,363 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $2,363 $10,010 $15,000
Total net assets $53,026 $55,334 $68,322 $73,052 $73,048

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Irene M. Barton

Irene Barton was appointed as the Executive Director in September, 2018, succeeding Karen Carter. She had served previously as the Resource Manager for the Collaborative. Irene brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to this role, with an emphasis on membership recruitment and retention, advocacy, communications and marketing. In addition, she has extensive community involvement through the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Georgia PTA, local schools, and civic organizations.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Cobb Collaborative Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Cobb Collaborative Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ms. LaSondra Boddie

Department of Family and Children Services, Cobb County

Term: 2023 - 2024

Doris Dawkins


Kathy lathem

Cobb County Senior Services

LaSondra Boddie

Dept. of Family and Children Services

Barbara Etterle

94 Airlift Wing

Alison Curtis

Cobb Douglas Public Health

Jennifer Yankulova

Atlanta Legal Aid

Greg Elder

MUST Minsitries

Rodney Moore

Highland Rivers Behavioral Health

James Bullock

Cobb County Police Department

Ana Murphy

Cobb County School District

Mallori Bruning

LiveSafe Resources

Barry Smith

First Christian Church of Mableton

Maranie Brown


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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