In 2013, The Crown Foundation, Inc was an initiative dreamed up by the members of Exodus Lodge No. 593, Prince Hall Jurisdiction of Georgia in hopes of establishing a community center to empower youth. However, as the process began, the focus shifted to being a mentoring initiative. The program centers on mentoring at-risk pre-adolescents, as well as provides resources and life skills for their parents. We believe, it is the duty of adults who have attained some degree of success, to reach out and help young people, especially those who need help the most–those who have been disenfranchised, to build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.”
In February 2015, The Crown Foundation was formally organized and incorporated as a non-profit in Atlanta, Georgia and received its 501(c)3 Tax Exemption Status from the IRS later that same year.
The Crown Foundation, Inc. was established to support disadvantaged early adolescent youth by bridging access to resources and mentors in the hopes of guiding them towards self-improvement, community pride and success in education by emphasizing the importance of morals, values, ethics, as well as social and economic responsibility. Our goal is to turn youthful members of the community into community builders.
Our Board of Directors
Mr. Hagood, is an Atlanta native, who attended Emory University and is the Chief Executive Officer and President of The Crown Foundation Inc.. He is a seasoned businessman who has held positions in executive recruitment and project management for Fortune 100 and other tech companies. He is currently the Marketing Director for Contract Business Interiors where he is responsible for facility space design for Fortune 500 organizations, federal government, state and local municipalities, agencies and higher education schools.
Mr. Hagood is an avid participant in community and charity events. He has over 15 years of experience serving as a board member for various non-profit,s such as Georgia Head Start, Ballethnic Dance Company, Inc., and YouthVibe, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Hagood served in many officer positions for his children’s school PTA’s and extracurricular organizations.
His main desire for The Crown Foundation Inc, is to aid in the improvement of literacy skills for inner-city students so that they will have the opportunity to go college, as well as, provide a platform for students to learn self and community advocacy.
Mike is a New Orleans native but has been a resident of Atlanta since 2001. During his time in Atlanta, Mike also attended Morehouse College where he graduated with B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Spanish. While at Morehouse and after, Mike has been involved with several community organizations including Hands on Atlanta, The AIDS Walk: Atlanta, Project Openhand, The Atlanta Food Bank, The UPS Scholars Mentoring Program, Raising Expectation, Toys For Tots and many others.
Mike is an active board member and currently serves as The Crown Foundation’s Vice Present and Cheif Operations Officer where he assists in managing the programs and operations of the organization.
His aspirations for The Crown Foundation are embodied in the quote, “SOMEbody can’t do EVERYthing, but EVERYbody can do SOMEthing.” He hopes that The Crown Foundation will continue to grow as a beacon of light in the community, empowering individuals to step up and do “SOMEthing” to help in the fight to improve our communities.
George Sandidge is a volunteer director of The Crown Foundation. Mr. Sandidge is originally from Washington, D.C. but has been in Atlanta for the past 18 years, during which time he graduated Morehouse College. Since his time at Morehouse College, he has been a very engaged and active member of the Atlanta community wherein he has participated in and helped organize numerous volunteer activities including community clean-ups, Adopt-A-Highways, volunteering at various schools through the Big Brother Big Sister program, and clothing and blood drives.
Mr. Sandidge has always believed in giving back and helping others achieve their goals. While not serving on the board, he provides education on Financial Services, teaching people how to save money, earn more money, and get eliminate debt.
Rex Jones is a volunteer board member of The Crown Foundation. He is a Nutritional Activist and Clinical Herbalist, he is an academic member of the American Botanical Council and is a National Educator-Trainer for a prominent nutrition company. Rex grew up in a home steeped in volunteerism, hands-on community activism and is used to rolling up his sleeves to make a difference.
Mr. Jones’s duties include day-to-day administrative functions, attending annual meetings and meetings of our board of directors, and voting on board decisions. His additional duties include developing the organization’s programs, selecting activities that complement the programming, measuring the effectiveness of the programs, recruiting mentors and session leaders.
Nicole Hagood is Administrative Assistant to the Board. She grew up in South Georgia and went on to attend Emory University earning a BA in Philosophy and MA in Latin American Studies and Literature. She worked for Georgia State Perimeter College for several years, as an English as A Second Language Instructor. Her work with immigrant students lead her to accept a position as Director of Curriculum and Instruction with the Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services. In 2010, she transitioned into a position as an editor working with Dover, Abrams, Disney Publishing Worldwide, McGraw-Hill Education and the Scholastic Corporation. Currently, she is the co-owner and Chief Staff Writer and researcher for C & H Grant Writers.
Mrs. Hagood has been a life-long community volunteer championing causes for women and children, the poor and immigrants. She has worked with organizations such as the Refugee Sewing Project, CARE.org, Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the National Black Farmer’s Relief Fund, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
It is her hope that within the coming year, the Crown Foundation, Inc’s Village Builder’s program will be able to double the number of students who participate in the Literacy Project as well that the Crown Foundation will eventually be able to expand it’s programming into a summer program to reach even more middle school students.
Nicholas Riley is a member of the board of directors. He is the Chief Financial Officer. He currently is a Systems Integration Consultant for Superion, a privately owned company. Mr. Riley is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Computer Technology and Business Management.
As CFO, his duties are to manage The Crown Foundation’s finances, fundraising efforts, and annual budgeting. His aspirations are for The Crown Foundation to gain even more community partnerships in the form of sponsorship from local businesses, in order that the Crown Foundation be further able to maximize income support to offset expenses.