Usher Raymond IV And Ingrid Saunders Jones To Receive Revolutions Awards For Commitment To Philanthropy

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The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is proud to announce that Ingrid Saunders Jones and Usher Raymond IV will be recipients of the annual Revolutions Philanthropic Awards. Taking place on May 12, 2009 at AmericasMart in Atlanta, Ga., the Revolutions awards ceremony will recognize both humanitarians for their tireless efforts to improve communities across the globe.

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The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is proud to announce that Ingrid Saunders Jones and Usher Raymond IV will be recipients of the annual Revolutions Philanthropic Awards. Taking place on May 12, 2009 during the 18th Annual Nonrprofit Summit at AmericasMart in Atlanta, Ga., the Revolutions awards ceremony will recognize both humanitarians for their tireless efforts to improve communities across the globe.

Ingrid Saunders Jones, chairperson of The Coca-Cola Foundation and senior vice president of global community connections at The Coca-Cola Company, will receive the 2009 Legendary Philanthropic Leader Award for her legacy as a community advocate for over three decades. Under her leadership, the Foundation has contributed more than $256 million towards initiatives promoting education, conservation, nutrition and recycling. "A teacher at heart," Ms. Jones has led the Foundation to provide more than 2,500 scholarships to high school students across the country. Recognized by Essence magazine in 2007 as one of 11 national "Women of Influence" and by the National Urban League with a "Women of Power" award, she continues to garner accolades for her widespread impact.

Usher Raymond IV, chairman and founder of Usher's New Look, will receive the 2009 Emerging Philanthropist Award for his commitment to mentoring disadvantaged youth. His flagship project is Camp New Look, which has mentored over 1,300 talented youth from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Through his efforts with the "Our Block" program, he helped over 750 families in New Orleans re-establish housing and provided over 1,200 families with food and clothing. Most recently, he implemented the "I Can't But You Can" campaign to mobilize voter registration and youth engagement. As a special honor for his achievements under this program, he and members of the organization were invited to attend the 2009 presidential inauguration.

Previous winners of the Revolutions Awards for Emerging Philanthropists are: Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of The Sara Blakely Foundation Inc., and Keith Brookings, founder of The Keith Brookings Children's Foundation.

Previous winners of the Revolutions Awards for Legendary Philanthropic Leaders are: Roberta (Bobbi) Cleveland, president of the Tull Foundation, and Evern Cooper Epps, president of the UPS Foundation.

"It is a privilege and honor to recognize both Ingrid Saunders Jones and Usher for their revolutionary leadership in philanthropy," stated Karen Beavor, President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

A total of four Revolutions awards will be given on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the 18th Annual Nonprofit Summit. The Summit is the largest gathering of nonprofit professionals in the Southeast, bringing together hundreds of leaders from the corporate, government and nonprofit arenas to exchange ideas and solutions surrounding the top issues impacting our communities.

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits works to serve, strengthen and support nonprofit organizations, by providing them with the resources and tools they need to be most effective; promoting partnerships between nonprofits and foundations, businesses and government to meet critical needs; and helping state and local policy-makers and the public understand and support the work of nonprofits.

For more information on the Nonprofit Summit please visit http://www.gcn.org or contact Nancy Longacre at 678-916-30303 or at nlongacre (at) gcn (dot) org.

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