Public Broadcasting Atlanta is Awarded a Grant From the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Supporting Vital Reporting and Education Services

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(Atlanta GA – August 4, 2020) Public Broadcasting Atlanta (WABE and ATL PBA) has received a $110,000 grant from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CDP) COVID-19 Response Fund — a generous grant that advances our response to COVID-19 by empowering ongoing efforts to keep Atlanta informed and providing vital academic support to students.

The grant is part of CDP’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are working directly to respond to the pandemic among vulnerable populations. Since being established in March, more than $14.4 million has been distributed to 95 organizations working in the U.S. and abroad. Public Broadcasting Atlanta was selected to receive a grant as part of the fund’s sixth and largest round of funding, among more than 50 organizations addressing the effects of the pandemic.

“Local journalism is vital to addressing critical needs arising from the pandemic, keeping people and communities safe, and securing a thriving and equitable recovery for all,” said Patricia McIlreavy, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. “We proudly support Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s efforts to educate, inform and inspire its community, and provide critical academic support to Atlanta’s students.”

The CDP grant will advance reporting and education initiatives for WABE and ATL PBA. Funding will allow WABE’s journalists to report on how Atlantans can navigate the pandemic safely, where the hotspots are, and what public policies address economic and health equity. WABE has also launched a special website section ( that provides local news and information about the coronavirus, a national live call-in program to discuss the impact of the pandemic, stories that highlight the challenges and triumphs that Atlanta’s workforce faces, and a podcast, “Did You Wash Your Hands?”, that offers expert information and analysis on public health issues.

Funding will also support TutorATL, Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s signature educational outreach program that gives students free access to highly qualified tutors. Many students cannot afford private tutoring. TutorATL helps to offset the opportunity gap challenges of summer learning loss, exacerbated by the limitations of extended online learning caused by the pandemic.

Expert tutors serve students most impacted by remote learning and other disruptions, and provide them with one-to-one, on-demand, tutoring sessions in over 50 subject areas. This service operates in partnership with four school systems in two counties: Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools, Cobb County Schools, and Marietta City Schools. It has drawn a dramatic increase in demand since the pandemic began, and funding will support the need for expanded program hours.

“Public Broadcasting Atlanta will remain a strong local voice in reporting on COVID-19 and its impacts, serving an urgent community need for news and information, as well as context about disparities, solutions, and issues related to underlying social determinants of health,” said Scott Woelfel, interim CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta. “We will also meet the demand of Atlanta’s students and adapt to support school reopening strategies. We are grateful for the support of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund as we continue to serve the community.”

About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s mission is to leverage the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. CDP manages domestic and international disaster funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. For more information, visit:, call (202) 464-2018 or tweet us @funds4disaster.

About Public Broadcasting Atlanta

Public Broadcasting Atlanta is a nonprofit company comprised of the award-winning NPR radio affiliate WABE 90.1FM and the PBS station ATL PBA.  PBA is a service of Atlanta Public Schools in partnership with Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative (AETC).  We are dedicated to bringing Atlanta the very best news and entertainment programming, helping foster life-long learners and connecting our audience to their community as we celebrate the spirit of our great city together.