Meet Nicole Lawson, United Way of Greater Atlanta Northwest Regional Director! Today, hear how Nicole’s work in Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties helps Nicole to live her purpose.



At United Way of Greater Atlanta, we’re working with partners across our region’s thirteen counties to build a future where every child can reach their full potential. We are here to improve the well-being of Greater Atlanta’s children—because when children thrive, communities thrive!

Click here to learn more about our work in your county, and to see how you can get involved.

SPARK Prize™ in the counties

Innovation and collaboration are not only being celebrated but rewarded with SPARK Prize events throughout Greater Atlanta! SPARK Prize is a “Shark Tank” style competition that awards grants to fund collaborative and innovative projects addressing Greater Atlanta’s greatest social challenges.

This year, United Way of Greater Atlanta is expanding SPARK Prize, with locally focused events in Gwinnett, North Fulton, South Fulton and the Northwest Region (Cobb, Douglas, Cherokee and Paulding counties).

Through the SPARK Prize competition, United Way funds small grants to incentivize cooperation and social advancements among nonprofits, community and business groups. Each regional event will allow out-of-the-box thinkers to present their innovative idea to address the needs of children and families in their own communities.

Since February 2015, SPARK Prize has granted $166,000 to 18 nonprofits, civic innovators and social entrepreneurs across Greater Atlanta and the next award can be yours! The challenge is set for you to present an innovative idea that will change lives and improve child well-being in the county you call home.

To enter the 2018 SPARK Prize competition or find additional information for your region, follow the links below: