March 19, 2024 – Today, MacKenzie Scott’s Yield Giving announced Tommy Nobis Center (TNC) as one of the Yield Giving Open Call’s awardees working with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States. Tommy Nobis Center received $2 million.

Tommy Nobis Center is a Marietta-based nonprofit that has provided employment services to youth and adults with disabilities for over 46 years. Their innovative programs and services educate, train, and employ individuals as they pursue their career goals.

In March 2023, Yield Giving launched an Open Call for community-led, community-focused organizations whose explicit purpose is to enable individuals and families to achieve substantive improvement in their well-being through foundational resources.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive such a meaningful gift,” says President & CEO, Dave Ward. “It will make a tremendous impact for the people we serve throughout the metro Atlanta area and nationwide.”

The Open Call received 6,353 applications and initially planned for 250 awards of $1 million each. In the Fall of 2023, organizations top-rated by their peers advanced to a second round of review by an external Evaluation Panel recruited for experience relevant to this cause and underwent a final round of due diligence. In light of the incredible work of these organizations, as judged by their peers and external panelists, the donor team decided to expand the awardee pool and the award amount.

“We are excited that our partnership with Yield Giving has resonated with so many organizations,” said Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change. “In a world teeming with potential and talent, the Open Call has given us an opportunity to identify, uplift, and empower transformative organizations that often remain unseen.”

More information on the Yield Giving Open Call and other initiatives can be found at

Tommy Nobis Center
Fulfilling its mission of empowering people through employment since 1977, Tommy Nobis Center makes a significant impact in the community by providing people with disabilities the resources needed to achieve career success and by helping employers fill their needs for a reliable, motivated, and productive workforce. Tommy Nobis Center envisions supportive communities where people with disabilities are afforded the opportunity to work. For more information, please visit, or follow Tommy Nobis Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Yield Giving

Established by MacKenzie Scott to share a financial fortune created through the effort of countless people, Yield Giving is named after a belief in adding value by giving up control. To date, Yield’s network of staff and advisors has yielded over $16,500,000,000 to 1,900+ non-profit teams to use as they see fit for the benefit of others. To learn more, visit

Lever for ChangeLever for Change connects donors with bold solutions to the world’s biggest problems-including issues like racial inequity, gender inequality, lack of access to economic opportunity, and climate change. Using an inclusive, equitable model and due diligence process, Lever for Change creates customized challenges and other tailored funding opportunities. Top-ranked teams and challenge finalists become members of the Bold Solutions Network-a growing global network that helps secure additional funding, amplify members’ impact, and accelerate social change. Founded in 2019 as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lever for Change has influenced over $1.7 billion in grants to date and provided support to more than 145 organizations. To learn more, visit