Alice Huffard Richards Fund Leadership Development Grants

AHR Fund’s Leadership Development Impact Intentions: We believe in honoring the legacy of Alice Huffard Richards by investing in the development of strong leaders in our West Georgia communities.

CLICK HERE to apply for a 2019 Alice Huffard Richard’s Leadership Development Grant.

Participants from West Georgia nonprofits developed critical leadership skills in the 2016 Up & Coming Leaders program, funded by an AHR Leadership grant, delivered locally by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.


I. Leadership Development & Capacity-Building for Nonprofits: 

A. AHR Fund is currently strengthening West Georgia nonprofits by funding Standards of Excellence with partners CFWG, UWG, and The Georgia Center for Nonprofits. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

B. AHR Fund provides support for the ongoing work of the West Georgia Non Profit Network (WGNPN). To learn more about WGNPN, CLICK HERE.

The AHR Fund is now accepting grant requests for its 2019 Leadership category, from 501c3 nonprofits serving Carroll, Heard & Haralson counties. Only online applications are accepted, using the application form located HERE .  The final deadline to apply is Aug. 15, 2018. Grants that are funded are for the 2019 calendar year.

II. Nonprofit Community Capacity Building: AHR makes grants that help strengthen the local community of nonprofits, through the sharing of ideas and best practices, networking and informal mentoring.

  • West GA Nonprofit Network: Currently, AHR’s focus on Nonprofit Community Capacity-Building provides support for the newly-developing West Georgia Nonprofit Network.  For more information about The Network, contact Amanda Wright at


The Carroll Junior Chamber of Commerce received a 2017 Alice H. Richards Grant from the Community Foundation of West Georgia. The purpose of the AHR Grant is to invest in the development of strong leaders in our West Georgia Communities. This grant helped the Junior Chamber achieve their goals of maximizing every opportunity for these students of becoming effective leaders for our community now and in the future.

WE MEASURE:  Improvements in leadership effectiveness of participants, as measured in pre-and post testing and with surveys from our training partners Georgia Center for Nonprofits and from The West Georgia Nonprofit Network.

Fall 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Class

Strategic Planning, Building a Roadmap for Your Organization
For Executive Directors and  Senior Staff or board members of West Georgia Nonprofits

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 9-3
Stallings Community Center
118 South White Street Carrollton, GA 30117

Why Strategic Planning?  A strategic plan is a necessary roadmap for a nonprofit. It ensures the organization meets its mission, is relevant in the community and engages stakeholders. Many grant makers require nonprofits to have a strategic plan in place before they will fund them.

Class Description: This one-day training provides the techniques and tools required to produce a nonprofit strategic plan.  During the class you’ll use a workbook that you can later use with your board and staff, when they get ready to produce your organization’s plan.

The session will cover:

  • What is strategic planning
  • The process for getting the best plan possible
  • How to engage your stakeholders in the process
  • Key elements to include in your plan

 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the three different types of strategic plans and when to apply each type.
  • Learn the four steps to creating a successful plan and the process to engage others in the planning
  • process to get a more effective plan.
  • Gain the tools and knowledge needed to supervise and implement a plan in your organization.
  • Learn how to write meaningful and measurable goal statements.

Instructor:  Kathy Keeley is Exec. V.P. with Georgia Center for Nonprofits.  She has 30 years experience in the nonprofit sector and has facilitated hands-on strategic planning processes with nonprofit, for-profit and governmental organizations for 15 years.  She has started 9 nonprofit organizations and completed turnarounds of two organizations.

*You must be registered to attend this class*


CLICK HERE for the 2017 Schedule of training offerings for west Georgia nonprofits

CLICK HERE to apply for a 2018 Alice Huffard Richard’s Leadership Development Grant.