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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Conventional wisdom says for-profit employees work for paychecks, and nonprofit employees want to make a difference.

Two Atlanta companies have turned that wisdom on its head. They made philanthropy a part of their business model and found it has paid off.


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Many theater companies routinely take on new leadership — a new artistic director here, a change in management there. One Atlanta theater group is turning over completely.

The Weird Sisters Theatre Project has announced that they have brought on five new producers to replace the original co-founders of the group.

Speaking with producer Myke Johns, founding member Tiffany Porter explains that the Weird Sisters was originally an informal group of theater artists.

The new center is housed in a former elementary school in Washington Park.
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One of Georgia’s largest family services agencies returned to its roots Thursday.

Families First, a nonprofit organization that provides adoption, foster care and mental health services, moved its headquarters from Midtown Atlanta to a new, $13 million facility in Washington Park. The organization was Georgia’s first licensed adoption agency when it first opened its doors on the campus of Spelman College in 1890.

National Black Arts Festival Spotlights Theater

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The National Black Arts Festival holds quite a title, from its website: “it is the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent.”

The nonprofit organization is based here in Atlanta, but it draws people from across the country to participate in its expansive programming from visual arts to dance to the literary arts.

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Malek Jandali is a multi-faceted talent. The German-born, Syrian-American pianist is best known as a concert pianist and composer. The Arab Spring in 2012 and the ongoing Syrian Civil War have focused his musical gifts on activism and humanitarian work.

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Residents statewide will be giving back during the fourth annual Georgia Gives Day.

The 24-hour fundraiser, which started Thursday at 12 a.m., is a chance for Georgia residents to make online donations to nonprofits throughout the state.

The event is organized by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. In a statement, the center says the day of giving is aimed to drive awareness and donations for more than 2,000 nonprofits in the state. The nonprofits represent various causes including education, the environment, youth development, health care and others.

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Produce found in local grocery stores is generally grown and harvested on farms. But fruits and vegetables harvested by the Atlanta group Concrete Jungle is usually found anywhere but on a farm – either growing by the side of a road, a highway or even behind a grocery store.

Concrete Jungle is a nonprofit organization that gathers neglected and abandoned fruit and vegetables on public and private property throughout the metro area.

Once they pick the fruit and gather the vegetables they donate the food to groups that serve Atlanta's poor and underserved.

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The Giving Kitchen is living up to its name.

The Atlanta-based nonprofit is helping the hundreds of local restaurant workers who were recently, and unexpectedly, laid off from the Here to Serve Restaurants group.

"We have established a special restrictive fund just for these workers and we've established a special grant fund where they can apply for emergency assistance," says Stephanie Galer, executive director of The Giving Kitchen.