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Make A Difference Foundation, Inc. (MADF), has awarded a grant to the E. J. Swint Elementary Music Department for the purchase of new percussion instruments.  E. J. Swint Elementary is a Title I Distinguished school located in Jonesboro, Georgia.  E. J. Swint’s vision is to educate students to become globally competitive, productive, ethical, and responsible citizens.

With an average class size of 25 students and no drums, the drumline used their drumsticks to play cadences on classroom floors and performance halls. “I think drums are a good instrument that can be used to teach students music concepts such as rhythms and sight-reading music,” says Swint Elementary Music Director Jimmie Howell Jr. As a result of this donation, the school will be able to purchase snare drums, bass drums, cymbals, djembes and congas.  This will allow the students to properly learn the art, as well as, perform together throughout the city and county.

“Having studied music myself in elementary, middle and high school, I’m well aware of the benefits of quality music education,” states MADF Executive Director Donovan R. Quary, Sr.; “and research shows that music education can help a child’s overall development in the areas of reading, math, critical thinking, as well as, improve their leadership skills”. 

MADF is honored to continue our community support and furthering our vision of ensuring all children have an equal opportunity to succeed at achieving their dreams. To date, MADF as awarded over $62,000 to local non-profits and organizations through various community outreach initiatives.   


MADF announces it's 2015 C.L.A.S.S. Award Recipients

Make A Difference Foundation, Inc. (MADF), has announced the recipients for the 2015 Charlotte Lemons Annual Student Scholarship (C.L.A.S.S.) Award.  C.L.A.S.S. is a need-based scholarship, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, awarded to graduating high school seniors throughout the state of Georgia.  

 The C.L.A.S.S. Award is designed to give students in need of financial assistance the opportunity to further their education at a two or four-year college and/or technical institution.  It's goal is to ease some of the long-term financial burdens associated with post-secondary education.  “This is by far our most recognizable program”, according to MADF Founder & Executive Director, Donovan R. Quary, Sr. “And the support we’ve received from individual and corporate donors has been nothing short of a blessing and it’s the reason why we’ve been able to award over $85,000 in scholarships since the programs inception in 2004”.     

The scholarship is open to high school seniors only.  The annual selection process begins in January and consists of an informational application, a thorough transcript review, an essay submission and formal interview.  Interested students should visit www.madf.org for further eligibility requirements and dates.

This year, MADF is proud recognize: Ms. Christiana Oshotse - $5,000 recipient (Westlake H/S, Atlanta, GA), Ms. Kyra Parks - $5,000 recipient (Whitewater H/S, Fayetteville, GA), Ms. Ta’keirra Butts - $1,000 recipient (Creekside H/S, Fairburn, GA), Ms. Kayla Thomas - $1,000 recipient (Peachtree Ridge H/S, Suwanee, GA), Mr. Elijah Rachell - $1,000 recipient (Decatur H/S, Decatur, GA) and Mr. Marquis Douglas - $1,000 recipient (Houston County H/S, Warner Robins, GA).     

MADF & Kroger

We're proud to announce that Make A Difference Foundation, Inc. (MADF) and Kroger have partnered to make "Making A Difference" a little bit easier.  Now, through the Kroger Community Rewards Program, each time you shop at Kroger and swipe your Kroger Plus Card proceeds from your purchase will go to support MADF and it's mission... to ensure all children have an equal opportunity to succeed at achieving their dreams!  Enrollment in the Community Rewards Program is quick and easy:

  • Visit www.Kroger.com/communityrewards
  • Click on the "Enroll" button to register your Kroger Plus Card
  • Enter MADF's program participation number "36704" in the search bar
  • Select Make A Difference Foundation, then click "Enroll" to complete

Individual purchases will begin counting towards MADF within 7-10 days of registering your card.   Who knew a routine trip to the grocery store could mean so much.  As always, we thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to "Make A Difference"

MADF and The United Way


Each year, we partner with the United Way in giving hope and opportunity to under-served youth within our communities; and each year, we accomplish far more together than we ever could alone.  Our vision is simple… we see a world where children and youth have an equal opportunity to succeed at achieving their dreams; and we are seeing this vision become reality each and every day. 

Since 2003, Make A Difference Foundation, Inc. (MADF) has invested over $120,000 in youth development initiatives throughout Georgia and Florida and we are extremely proud of the work we have accomplished thus far:

- Awarded over $54,000 to support various community outreach efforts:

  • Children’s shelters
  • After school mentoring and tutoring programs
  • Back to School supply initiatives
  • Teen obesity and pregnancy campaigns

- Established the Charlotte Lemons Annual Student Scholarship (C.L.A.S.S.) Award in 2004 to help graduating high school seniors further their education:

  • Over 50 students have received scholarships to attend colleges such as Princeton University, the University of Georgia,  the University of Florida, Emory University, Howard University, Florida State University, Mississippi State University and more
  • 100 percent of recipients have obtained an Associate, Bachelor and/or Graduate degree
  • Over $58,000 in C.L.A.S.S. funds awarded, including $15,000 in 2013

- Established the Emergency Tuition Assistance Program  in 2012 to assist college students struggling to remain enrolled due to financial hardships: 

  • Three students, attending Spelman College, Georgia Tech and Savannah State, have benefitted from this program

If your employer offers a corporate giving campaign, such as The United Way Campaign, and you have not specified an organization to direct your contributions; we ask that you consider MADF.  MADF is a 501(c)(3), as recognized by the IRS,  not for profit organization dedicated to the cultural, educational, economic and social enrichment of underprivileged youth.  We invite you to visit our website at www.madf.org, to learn more about our history and the work we are doing in your community. 

To support MADF through the United Way, you will need the following designation information:

  1. 836403 – Make A Difference Foundation, Inc. – Suwanee, GA OR
  2. 14500 – Make A Difference Foundation, Inc.- Suwanee, GA

If you are still unable to find our organization in the search directory, you have the option to write-in an organization where you want your pledge directed:  Make A Difference Foundation, Inc, EIN: 31-1829226, United Way Partner ID: 6588925, Post Office Box 1941, Suwanee, Georgia 30024.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for supporting our efforts to Make A Difference!

MADF Vehicle Donation Program

Want to learn how that old car or truck that no longer runs and is taking up space in your driveway can help a deserving student attend college… here’s how  www.madf-cardonations.org

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