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Morgan named chair of Newton Fund of The Community Foundation

COVINGTON -- Barbara Morgan of Covington is the new advisory board chair of the Newton Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

A native of Newton County, Morgan earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and spent several years working for newspapers throughout the state. In 1983, Morgan became the first female news secretary to a Georgia governor -- a position she held until 1990.

For the past 10 years, the Newton Fund has brought together individual donors, non-profits, government, corporate and civic leaders to strengthen the Newton County community through philanthropy.

Last year, the Newton Fund awarded grants totaling $18,000 to seven organizations: Friends of Newton Park; Newton County Special Olympics; Newton Mentoring; Salvation Army; Washington Street Community Center; Willing Helpers Food Pantry; and FaithWorks.

For Morgan, FaithWorks holds special significance. In 2006, she and her husband, Bob Furnad, together with then-Newton Fund chair Sandy Morehouse and then-Covington mayor Sam Ramsey, founded the organization, a ministry supported by 35 Newton County churches. As a resource center for those in immediate need, FaithWorks has given more than $500,000 in rent and utility assistance to date.

According to Morgan, Newton County's quality of life is largely determined by its civic engagement.

"I am continually overwhelmed by the volunteerism in this community -- people who could go on their merry way but instead stop to lift other people up," she said.

It was Morgan's experience as a volunteer and then board chair of the Atlanta Community Food Bank that fostered her commitment to non-profits and philanthropy.

"If you don't get inspired by the people and work of the Food Bank, then you won't ever get inspired," she said.

Since 2000, the Newton Fund has granted more than $220,000 to area non-profits to respond to the changing needs of the community. The 2010 Newton Fund grant program will be held in the fall. This year, qualified non-profits will be able to apply for both program support and general operating support to sustain themselves as they pursue their missions.

For additional information or questions, contact newtonfund@cfgreateratlanta.org.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta connects donors, non-profits and community leaders to strengthen the Atlanta area through philanthropy. For more information, visit www.cfgreateratlanta.org.