The work of Sandy Springs Together was recently featured in a profile written by Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF).
SECF is a “membership association of more than 360 grant-makers working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in 11 Southeastern states, including here in Georgia”. The magazine article highlights outstanding philanthropic work across the southeastern United States.
In the article, titled “Bringing People to the Table” by Peter Panepento, the Couchmans’ outline their work with Sandy Springs Together and the vision they have for the future of the city of Sandy Springs.
Melody Kelly, whose apartment building is one of the many that would be targeted for redevelopment under Initiative 1, is featured prominently.
Kelly, a Chemistry professor and mother of a middle-aged daughter, doesn’t want to leave her home in Sandy Springs. However, she fears she may have to if the city doesn’t protect the homes of current residents.
“I’d like to keep [my daughter] in the district so she can stay with her friends,” Kelly says. “But I’m concerned. So, I’m trying to be as vigilant as possible and making sure my voice is heard.”
Stories like Kelly’s are what make the work of Sandy Springs Together so important, and why it’s imperative that we all continue to work together to shine a light on this ever-growing crisis.
“We’re not here to advocate, we’re here to educate,” David Couchman says.
“Ultimately, we want to give people the opportunity to make up their own minds on the issue. But we need to give them the information so they can decide.”
Knowledge is power and Sandy Springs Together is committed to giving the power of knowledge to every resident of the city.
“This is a long-term play. Success isn’t going to happen overnight,” said Melanie Couchman. “We are just one foundation — a small foundation — and we need to have others who want to stand with us.”