Legacy Decatur is a 501(c)(3) foundation established in Decatur, Georgia, in 2015.
As a distinct nonprofit aligned closely with the City of Decatur and its community vision, Legacy Decatur offers a flexible framework for connecting elected officials with community leaders and motivated citizens in support of legacy-oriented initiatives.
Within the City’s strategic plan are certain goals requiring grassroots community organizing, fundraising, negotiations and leasing, or otherwise falling outside the more traditional business of government. Legacy Decatur provides an alternate and complementary vehicle by which individuals and organizations can personally contribute — as donors or hands-on volunteers — to meeting these goals, and through which grants and other forms of funding can be pursued.
In 2015, the organization received its 501(c)(3) status as the Decatur Legacy Project to facilitate the planning, community engagement, and fundraising efforts associated with the city’s 2023 bicentennial celebrations. Operating now as Legacy Decatur, it’s since broadened its mission and, with that, its focus.
Today, beyond its origins, the organization cultivates a broadly-defined, tangible legacy for future generations — reinforcing community values through partnerships and programs that support the City of Decatur, Georgia.
To those ends, Legacy Decatur organizes its priorities around the city’s strategic goals, particularly as they relate to inclusive and attainable housing, community building, and environmental stewardship. These interests converge at the city’s 77 acre Legacy Park, a former United Methodist Children’s Home, where ongoing management and implementation of the property’s master plan is emerging as Legacy Decatur’s principal endeavor.
In 2019, the organization broadened its board to seven members encompassing a mix of elected officials, city staff, and committed residents. In 2020, it’s expanding again with four additional at-large members.
500 S. Columbia Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30030