Skyland Trail to break ground on new teen treatment center

ATLANTA –April 12, 2018 – Skyland Trail plans to open a mental health treatment program for adolescents ages 14 to 17 with mood and anxietydisorders in 2019. The $20 million Building Resilience, Changing Lives campaign – co-chaired by Rex Fuqua, Rand Glenn Hagen, and Tom Johnson – will enable Skyland Trail to build a new residential facility and treatment program to address the unique psychiatric, social, educational, and physical needs of teens and their families.

The campaign has received significant leadership support from the Atlanta philanthropic community to date, including a $4 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, a $3 million gift from the Realan Foundation, a $2.5 million gift from The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, a $2 million gift from Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, and $2 million and $1 million gifts from anonymous donors, as well as numerous gifts from others in the community.

The adolescent treatment program will fill an urgent need in Atlanta and the Southeast for evidence-based, high-quality mental health treatment for teens. The campus will be located in Chamblee near I-85 at Dresden and Chamblee Tucker Road, approximately five miles from the Skyland Trail main campus. An existing 30,000-square-foot, two-story office building will be renovated to meet the specialized treatment and education needs of adolescents including: individual and group therapy rooms, art and music therapy rooms, a media center and dedicated space for patients to complete their school work, a kitchen and dining area, and offices for clinical and administrative staff.

A two-story, 26-bed residential hall will be constructed adjacent to the treatment center. It will include private patient rooms as well as a common living area, family room, kitchen, and nurses’ station. Both facilities will be surrounded by interactive outdoor spaces and gardens.

Building of the new adolescent campus will begin when all funds have been raised. The estimated grand opening of the adolescent program is summer 2019. A portion of the funds raised through the campaign will support a financial aid program to help families access treatment.

“The need for a residential adolescent mental health treatment program in Atlanta was clear,” says Beth Finnerty, Skyland Trail president and CEO.  “The early and enthusiastic response from the philanthropic community illustrates that the mental health of our young people is an important issue of concern for Atlanta families, schools, and employers. A changing economy and increasingly technology-driven society is creating new pressures and challenges for our teens, especially those struggling with a diagnosis of bipolar illness, depression, or an anxiety disorder. After nearly 30 years of helping adults recover from mental illness, we are excited to build on the success of our treatment model to help adolescents and their families.”

A key focus of clinical programming will be helping teens learn healthy coping skills to manage stress and navigate school as well as peer and family relationships. After comprehensive diagnostic assessments, adolescent patients will be matched with a specialized treatment plan based on their diagnoses, symptoms, strengths, and goals. On-staff tutors will partner with schools to help patients stay current with their courses, while complementary therapies including art, music, and recreational therapy will help teens find new tools for staying healthy. Parents will participate in family therapy sessions and psychoeducation classes to help them make important changes in family dynamics to support long-term recovery.

Untreated mental illness can delay or prevent cognitive and social development, and mental illness is strongly correlated with poor school performance, trouble with the juvenile justice system, risky sexual behaviors, and substance abuse. Early intervention and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders can lead to better long-term outcomes. Currently, few residential treatment programs for adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders exist in the Southeast.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 20 percent of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show suicides among 15- to 19-year old girls have reached a 40-year high, doubling between 2007 and 2015. In Georgia, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15- to 17-year-olds, behind motor vehicle accidents.

Torres to hold Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research at Winship

Mylin A. Torres, MD, director of the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (Winship), was selected to hold the Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research. The endowed position was created by the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation to support the leader of the center and to assist with the further development of Winship’s research and clinical efforts in breast cancer.

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Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto: Community leaders take a stand to affirm religious freedom, diversity, interfaith cooperation

September 27, 2016 (Atlanta) — Inspired by the same spirit that has made Atlanta a leading city for civil and human rights over the past 60 years, 75 leaders from Atlanta’s religious, business and academic communities have issued what they are calling the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto, setting forth principles upon which they are taking a stand to affirm interfaith cooperation.

The endorsers include former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Derreck Kayongo, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology Dean Dr. Jan Love and businessmen Arthur Blank, Tom Cousins, and Larry Gellerstedt, III.

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Emory University Winship Gala breaks fundraising records

Emory University's fourth annual Winship Cancer Institute Gala raised $1.3 million dollars, making it the most successful fundraising event in the university's history.

The funds will benefit Winship's cancer research.

The event was held April 30 at Piedmont Driving Club. More than 400 people attended.

Sponsors for the event included the Ma-Ran Foundation, the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Brenda and Mac Nease, Cox Enterprises Inc. and The Home Depot Foundation.

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Glenn gift provides new fellowships in child psychiatry

Media Contact: Robin Reese, 404-727-9371,

ATLANTA – A gift from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation will support two child psychiatry fellowships in the Division of Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Programs in Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The $400,000 gift will support the two-year fellowships and ensure that highly-trained child psychiatrists will be available to work in the field of child and adolescent mental health in the state of Georgia. 

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Humanitarian Activist to Receive Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage

By Laura Diamond

A humanitarian activist who advocates for a military culture free of sexual assault and violence has been named the recipient of the 2016 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage, Georgia Institute of Technology President G.P. “Bud” Peterson announced today.

Nancy Parrish helped launch a national movement to reform how the U.S. military prosecutes sexual violence. Protect Our Defenders works to transform the culture of harassment and rape within the military through legal reform, advocacy, education and free legal and case assistance for victims.

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Glenn family promoting wellness at Skyland Trail

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on September 11, 2015.

One of Atlanta’s most treasured families will have its name on one of Atlanta’s most treasured institutions.

The Glenn family recently agreed to have the new Wellness Clinic at Skyland Trail be named in honor of the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, one of Atlanta’s more private philanthropies.

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New Glenn Family Endowed Chair in Philanthropy To Be Held By Philanthropic Studies Pioneer

School of Philanthrophy News, IUPUI 

A new Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy is being established at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Founding Dean Gene Tempel announced today. 

“Our family and the foundation are deeply committed to the importance and value of education in philanthropy, and we are pleased that the foundation’s support will advance the work of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, which is the world’s leader in philanthropy education, research and practice,” said Thomas K. Glenn, II, president of The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation. “Having served on the Board of Visitors of the Center on Philanthropy and of the school, I have developed considerable admiration and respect for Dwight. I can think of no one more appropriate to serve in this position.”

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Rights Center Is On The March

The Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation — an early backer of the Center — has donated $5.5 million to the project.

‘Many of Atlanta’s citizens and events have demonstrated a commitment to the rights and well-being of others,” said Thomas K. Glenn II, chair of the Glenn Family Foundation. “It is important to have a national center devoted to such concerns, and it makes sense, for numerous reasons, to have the Center here in Atlanta.’

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Glenn Family Foundation Gives $10 Million for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center

Philanthropy News Digest

Emory University has announced gifts totaling $10 million in support of its Winship Cancer Institute from The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation.

The gifts will help fund a center for breast cancer research and treatment, to be named the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship, and will support a number of research priorities, including clinical trials and continued funding for the Glenn Scholars program, which awards grants to research scientists engaged in high-impact breast cancer research. The gifts also will bolster the institute's cancer biospecimen bank as well as a multidisciplinary approach to screening and caring for women at high risk of getting breast cancer — including research into triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that disproportionately affects African-American women.

"While our gifts target breast cancer, we hope that others will invest in Winship's research and exceptional care for all types of cancer so many more families can be helped," said Lou Glenn, a foundation trustee. "Just as we benefited from investments made years before we were touched by this disease, we are confident that this investment will help future patients survive and thrive."

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We can recapture Atlanta’s magic of 1960s by being bold with the basics


By Guest Columnist THOMAS K. GLENN II, president of the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation

Magic is a tough term to nail down, and it is almost impossible to identify the ingredients that produce it. But it is easy to understand what draws people to Atlanta (or any other city, for that matter). It’s the basics: schools, health facilities, transportation, cultural attractions, safe environment, infrastructure.

Job growth, new business formation, and higher education are desirable goals, but they are the fruits, not the seeds of success. Perhaps Atlanta should focus on the basics and be bold about it.

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Philanthropy 101: Class helps students learn to give back

Atlanta INtown

In late 1998, Tom Glenn, president of the Hilda and Wilbur Glenn Family Foundation, approached the headmaster of The Westminster Schools with an idea for integrating philanthropic giving with high school education. The result was a unique type of service learning class.

Glenn, a graduate of Westminster, and President Bill Clarkson turned to economics teacher Sally Finch and community service coordinator Stan Moor to create this new course. Centering the class around how to be an effective donor and understand the non-profit world, Finch and Moor created the syllabus for Philanthropy 101.

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Glenn Family Foundation Aids Homeless Kids

Atlanta Daily World

The Atlanta Children’s Shelter (ACS) has been selected to receive a $100,000 matching grant from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation.

“The mission of ACS is vital to the Atlanta community,” said Suzanna Stribling, director of the Glenn Family Foundation. “The foundation’s desire is that our challenge grant will help the Atlanta Children’s Shelter broaden its donor base to promote greater long-term support and sustainability.”

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Tom Glenn: Venture Philanthropist

Creative Loafing

When [Tom Glenn] is described as a ‘venture philanthropist,’ it means he sometimes makes donations that other foundations might find too risky…

Tom is best known nationally for teaching kids to give. He funded and helped develop the innovative Philanthropy 101 summer course at Westminster, in which high-school students receive money and decide what charities to help with donations, after learning how to make wise gifts.

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