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Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent "technician" that offers "quick" solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won't cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.

Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Cartersville for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:

  • Medeco
  • Arrow
  • Schlage
  • Keymark
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock,
  • Sargent
  • Baldwin
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As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you're looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:

  • Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Cartersville are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
  • Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
  • We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
  • We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
  • Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
  • We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It's just the way we do business!
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Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn't defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.

That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Cartersville is so important - to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home's locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.

We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:

Re-Keying Services

Re-Keying Services

Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.

New Lock Installation

New Lock Installation

Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it's time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we're done, we'll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.

High-Security Lock Installation

High-Security Lock Installation

If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you're interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.

Access Control System Installation

Access Control System Installation

If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.

Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses' assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Cartersville install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.

Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it's too late - your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it's always better to be proactive about your businesses' security rather than reactive.

At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.

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Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Cartersville:

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Commercial Door Locks

Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.

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Commercial Door Lock Repair

If your businesses' locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it's always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.

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Alarm Systems

Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.

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Security Cameras

A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses' roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.

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Access Control Systems

Having the ability to control every one of your businesses' locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.

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Commercial Door Installation

Entryways can be especially vulnerable, but Arrowhead Lock and Safe know how to select and install the best doors for your business. When you add remote control access features, business owners can open other structures like motorized fences, large parking gates, and even barriers.

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ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock's grade:

  • Strength Cycles - How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
  • Operational - This refers to a door's ability to latch when it is closed
  • Security - The effectiveness of the lock's security
  • Material - What kind of material is the lock made of?
  • Finish - Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.

Grade 1 Locks

These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today's day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.

Grade 2 Locks

These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.

Grade 3 Locks

This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.

Protect Your Home or Business Today

A famous animator and movie director once said: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you're worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.

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Latest News in Cartersville, GA

Neighbor takes down ‘offensive’ Halloween decoration. Family puts it right back up

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — A family’s Halloween decorations are causing controversy in Cartersville.Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was at the home on Cassville Road in Bartow County Wednesday, where a body with brown hands is hanging from a tree with a noose around its neck.Some people are offended and say it looks like a Black man, and they want it taken down.[DOWNLOAD: Free WSB-TV News app for alerts as news breaks...

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — A family’s Halloween decorations are causing controversy in Cartersville.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was at the home on Cassville Road in Bartow County Wednesday, where a body with brown hands is hanging from a tree with a noose around its neck.

Some people are offended and say it looks like a Black man, and they want it taken down.

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The decoration has an animal skull on its head and it is wearing brown gloves.

Fernandes talked to one neighbor who said it upset her so much that she yanked the body down.

But the family said they have First Amendment rights and hung the decoration right back up.

Fernandes spoke with the homeowner, who said that her family decorates every year and has a lot of fun with it. She said the kids in the neighborhood also love it.


“Every year, we’ve all decorated as a family,” she said. “They love Halloween. They’re both excited about Mr. Creepy in the tree.”

But the president of the Bartow Chapter of the NAACP sees it differently.

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“I really felt like this was really crossing the line. It was offensive,” Dexter Benning said. “It really just signified and insinuated that it was a person and a person of color. Bartow County has a history of hangings here in this county and to do that is just not appropriate.”

According to the homeowner, who Channel 2 is not identifying, a neighbor came over and took the decoration down herself.

“She said because the thing underneath the mask is black and his shirt is black, she was thinking it’s a Black person. And it’s not,” the homeowner said. “That’s just the spare clothes my husband had that he was gonna throw away anyway. That’s why I picked those. No reason other than that, and the gloves are garbage gloves so...”

A local pastor hopes the family listens to the community’s concerns.

“If you really want to celebrate Halloween and not be offensive, it shouldn’t be a problem for you to take it down,” Randy Livsey said. “Hang it around the waist if you want to or just hang up something different.”

Someone called 911 over the decoration. When deputies got there, they said that the family isn’t breaking the law, so there’s nothing they can do. With Halloween more than three weeks away, “Mr. Creepy” will probably but up for awhile.

Recruiting 2023: Hiram at Cartersville

The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes have won four state championships in their 110-year history. The Hiram Hornets have won just three playoff games in their 24-year history. If the outcome of tonight’s game were based on history the Hornets wouldn’t stand a chance.But then again GPB Sports Football Fridays in Georgia wouldn’t be at Weinman Stadium in Cartersville this evening if that were the case. Instead, tonight’s game is a huge Region 5-7A showdown with the No. 1 Canes (7-0, 2-0) hosting 9...

The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes have won four state championships in their 110-year history. The Hiram Hornets have won just three playoff games in their 24-year history. If the outcome of tonight’s game were based on history the Hornets wouldn’t stand a chance.

But then again GPB Sports Football Fridays in Georgia wouldn’t be at Weinman Stadium in Cartersville this evening if that were the case. Instead, tonight’s game is a huge Region 5-7A showdown with the No. 1 Canes (7-0, 2-0) hosting 9th-ranked Hiram (6-1, 1-1). Our coverage starts 7:30 p.m. on GPB-TV Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Up until last week’s 56-35 loss to No. 7 Calhoun, Hiram had won seven in a row dating back to last season and have gone 11-6 over their last 17 games. That’s a far cry from the two years prior when the Hornets struggled through the 2020-21 COVID years going 2-19. That 2021 season is when sixth-year Head Coach Pete Fominaya decided to take his lumps and play his young guys with the belief that they could be something special.

So far that then-sophomore, now-senior class has proven Fominaya’s vision for the program to be prophetic. From a recruiting standpoint (as you will see below) the Hornets have a much bigger college prospect roster than the Hurricanes and most everybody else in 5A.

That’s not to say that the Canes probably wouldn’t still be considered the favorite tonight. Cartersville is still Cartersville. One of the best-built programs in the state regardless of classification. The Hurricanes have won 68 of their last 69 region games dating back to 2011 with that one loss, a triple-overtime defeat at the hands of rival Calhoun last season snapping the Canes streak of 10 straight region titles. The game and broadcast for which our GPB Sports Team won an Emmy Award over the summer.

It should be an interesting match-up between a Hiram team that is the highest-scoring team in 5A at 44.3 PPG and a Cartersville team that has the second-best scoring defense in 5A giving up just 9.1 PPG. But it’s the way this Hornets team has rolled-up it’s impressive offensive numbers that makes this most intriguing.

Hiram runs the Wing-T offense or at least what Coach Fominaya calls a hybrid Wing-T. Hybrid or not, when’s the last time you saw the Wing-T? Once a staple offense in high school football, it has fallen way behind the spread as the offense of choice. So much so it has become a difficult challenge for most teams to prepare for it in just three practice days.

But Purple Hurricanes Head Coach Conor Foster was the defensive coordinator for Coach Joey King’s Cartersville state championship teams before becoming the head coach himself and now his DC is former kindergarten buddy and later Canes teammate J.J. Chatmon. Reunited those two guys do a really good job. But the challenge tonight will be significant and will depend on some complimentary football from the offense. Specifically likely time-consuming drives and no turnovers.

Both teams have outstanding offensive lines full of college prospects. Both teams have tremendous kickers. Should be a lot of fun.

So, that’s the game story. Let’s take a look at the top prospects to watch.

Hiram Hornets

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Walter Matthews – 6-7, 245, Senior TE, 4.6 40 – Committed to Southern Cal over 37 other offers including Florida – Consensus 4-Star – Highest Ranking: ESPN No. 2 TE in the country – 247 Sports No. 13 prospect in Georgia 2024. Career Stats: 45-793 yards receiving - 17.6 avg - 10 TD. Nephew of former Vanderbilt All-American and Atlanta Falcon Allama Matthews. Coach Fominaya: “Never been around a player with so many tools. If he wants to, we’ll see him on Sundays.”

Chase Tyler – 6-3, 170, Senior WR – Committed to Duke over 26 other offers including Georgia Tech and Tennessee – Highest Ranking: Rivals 4-Star and No. 13 WR in the country 2024. Career Stats: 81-1,290 yards receiving - 12 TD. All-State Basketball player and might get opportunity with Blue Devils basketball team. Plays baseball and high jumps. Only player who starts both ways for the Hornets also lining up at CB and had opportunities on the defensive side of the ball with offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. Coach Fominaya: “Takes pride in everything he competes in.”

Clinton Richard – 6-4, 290, Senior ILB – Committed to Wake Forest over 13 other offers including Ole Miss and North Carolina – Consensus 3-Star – Highest Ranking: Rivals No. 20 IOL in the country 2024. Will also play some DT and DE. Coach Fominaya: “Old school junkyard kid. If you had to go in a dark alley, he’s the guy you want to go with you.”

Jameson Riggs – 6-5, 290, Senior OL – Committed to Georgia Tech over 30 other offers including Clemson and Auburn – Consensus 3-Star - Highest Ranking: ESPN No. 23 IOL in the country 2024. Wants to be an aerospace engineer. Coach Fominaya: “I think he’s the best OL in the state. The anchor of our team.”

Josiah Pope – 6-3, 205, Junior LB – Offered by FAU and Austin Peay. Season Stats: 40 TT - 3 TFL - 3 QB sacks - 1 FR. Coach Fominaya: “Next big name coming out of Hiram.”

Oliver Castaneda – 5-9, 155, Senior K- Offered by Memphis. Georgia has shown interest – Highest Ranking: Kohl’s 5-Star Kicker. Season Stats: 10-12 FG with long of 47. 50 of 53 kickoffs have been touchbacks. Coach Fominaya; “Might be our greatest weapon. Ball sounds different when he kicks it.”

Cartersville Purple Hurricanes


Malachi Tolliver, Cartersville

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Malachi Tolliver – 6-6, 310, Senior OT – Committed to Georgia over 20 other offers including Auburn and Louisville – Highest Ranking: Consensus 3-Star OT. Coach Foster: “6-6 with incredible feet and great bend. I see him as 4-Star interior OL. Think he’ll play guard or center at Georgia.”

Jamauri Brice – 5-11, 180, Junior WR/CB – 22 offers including Vandy, Louisville, Cincinnati and Oregon. Career Stats: 69-1,122 yards receiving - 9 TD. Nephew of former Clemson Tigers star LB and Atlanta Falcon Vic Beasley. Coach Foster: “Been a warrior and already played a lot of snaps. We’ve got to get him some more touches. He’s been so selfless. Tremendous teammate blocks his tail off.”

Langston Hogg – 6-2, 250, Sophomore OL – Six offers including Vandy and Oregon. Coach Foster: “Just a pup but nasty football player. Tad undersized and will play inside the next level.”

Luke Surrett – 6-4, 305, Senior OL – Committed to Richmond over seven other offers including East Carolina.

Khristian Lando – 6-1, 195, Senior RB/LB – Five offers including Georgia State, Coastal Carolina, and Charlotte. Career rushing stats: 172-1,072 yards - 20 TD.

Connor Brasfield – 6-2, 220, Senior LB/TE – Offered by Sewanee. Season Stats: Team-leading 55 TT - 4 QBS - 12 TFL - 2 FF - 1 FR - 1 INT. Coach Foster: “Throwback player. What our program is all about.”

Richard Houston – 5-10, 195, Senior LB/RB – Offered by Sewanee. Season Stats: 43-271 yards rushing - 6.3 avg - 2 TD. Defense: 24 TT – 3 TFL – 1 SAF

Cole Crawford – 6-3, 205, Freshman LB/TE – Season Stats: 17 TT, 6 TFL. 4-54 yards receiving. Son of former Houston County Head Coach Ryan Crawford who is now running Cartersville’s eighth-grade program. Considered one of the top baseball catchers in the country in the Class of 2027. Coach Foster: “He’ll be one of the top college football prospects in the country by the time he’s a senior. Can be a lot like Brock Bowers for us.”

Ryan Johnson – 6-3, 170, Senior Kicker/Punter – Season Stats: 40.8 punting average is No. 3 in 5A. 30 of 33 Kickoffs have been touchbacks. Committed to Georgia baseball as RHP with 91 MPH fastball. Coach Foster: “Think he can kick at the next level.”

Andrew Purdy – 6-2, 195, Junior QB – Back-up to sophomore starter Nate Russell. Committed to Alabama baseball. Rated the No. 6 shortstop in Georgia in the Class of 2025 and the 15th overall player.

So, join Wayne Gandy, Jon Nelson, Hannah Goodin, and me for our Emmy Award-winning Football Fridays in Georgia Game of the Week as the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes host the Hiram Hornets starting at 7:30 p.m. Remember at halftime Hannah will highlight this week’s Make That Kid an Offer nominees.

You can watch Football Fridays in Georgia in so many ways. You have traditional TV (GPB), online at, GPB Sports app, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch.

Now if somehow, you miss it live or just want to watch it again, don’t worry, we replay the entire Football Fridays in Georgia Game of the Week at 11:30 p.m. or you can watch it on demand anytime at

Enjoy your Football Friday in Georgia!

Locally-owned motel condemned in Cartersville, city says

The city made its decision on Crown Inn, which sits at North Tennessee Street in Cartersville, following an inspection.CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — A locally-owned motel was condemned due to "life safety violations" in Cartersville, forcing all guests to vacate within 48 hours, according to the city on Friday.The city made its decision on Crown Inn, which sits at North Tennessee St...

The city made its decision on Crown Inn, which sits at North Tennessee Street in Cartersville, following an inspection.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — A locally-owned motel was condemned due to "life safety violations" in Cartersville, forcing all guests to vacate within 48 hours, according to the city on Friday.

The city made its decision on Crown Inn, which sits at North Tennessee Street in Cartersville, following an inspection that revealed alarming shortcomings within the property that prompted authorities to intervene.

Dozens of the motel residents are now scrambling to find another place to live. Guests were notified of the situation and given a 48-hour window to arrange alternative accommodations. The city said that as of Friday, everyone had left.

Rupesh Shah, the manager, added that the 20 families who lived here had very little notice.

Shah said they are making repairs right now, like removing microwaves, updating bathrooms, painting, and fixing the smoke detectors. He hopes to be open again soon.

Cartersville officials did not provide any specifics about the motel's condition. Read the full statement from the city below.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our community members is our top priority. With this commitment in mind, we address the recent situation concerning the Crown Inn located at 1214 N Tennessee Street. Following an inspection conducted by code enforcement, this property has been condemned due to identified life safety violations. As a result, guests staying at the property were promptly informed and given 48 hours to secure alternative accommodations.

We are grateful for the cooperation of all guests and owners during this process. Yesterday, our Senior Code Enforcement Officer, alongside the fire department, confirmed that all guests had vacated the property without incident.

Code Enforcement has an active court case regarding this property and will follow court directives.

We appreciate the swift response and cooperation of all involved parties.

There will be a hearing on March 18. The city attorney said a judge will decide if any fines are owed by the owners and if the motel can open again.

For now, The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter is two miles from the motel. If they fill up, there are other shelters that can help as well. Here's a link to a directory.

The $10 billion charity, based in Cartersville, Georgia, no one has heard of

A donor-advised fund (DAF) devoted to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has leapt from being a relatively minor charity to one with an asset size comparable to behemoths like the Andrew W. Mellon and the David and Lucile Packard foundations.The SDG Impact Fund, based in Cartersville, Georgia, grew from $238 million in assets in 2020 to $10 billion in 2021. That eye-popping growth, which seems to have been fueled by the meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies and digital art assets, has prompted some questions from ...

A donor-advised fund (DAF) devoted to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has leapt from being a relatively minor charity to one with an asset size comparable to behemoths like the Andrew W. Mellon and the David and Lucile Packard foundations.

The SDG Impact Fund, based in Cartersville, Georgia, grew from $238 million in assets in 2020 to $10 billion in 2021. That eye-popping growth, which seems to have been fueled by the meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies and digital art assets, has prompted some questions from philanthropy and tax experts.

The less stringent legal reporting requirements for DAFs compared with private foundations make it hard to understand SDG Impact Fund’s massive growth. It’s impossible to know where donations came from because donor-advised funds are not required to identify donors. Nor is it clear how the DAF put its donations to charitable use or whether donors to the fund are receiving any benefits. SDG Impact’s leaders did not respond to repeated requests for answers to questions related to the fund’s assets, growth, and donations.

DAFs have quickly become one of the most powerful forces in philanthropy, partly because the law allows people to put assets into a donor-advised fund, take an immediate tax deduction, but then wait indefinitely to use the money to make a charitable contribution. Donors are under no deadline to make gifts from their accounts — unlike foundations, which are required to pay out 5% in total assets every year in charitable giving.

“One of the biggest problems with philanthropy we see nowadays is that a lot of what wealthy donors do with their charity is perfectly legal but ethically problematic,” said Helen Flannery, a fellow at the progressive Institute for Policy Studies. “It’s in keeping with the letter of charity law but not its spirit.”

The quick rise of SDG Impact Fund

The SDG Impact Fund was founded as a nonprofit in 2013 by Anthony Suber and Amber Nystrom, whose backgrounds are in finance and wealth management, and Colborn Bell, founder of the crypto investment advisory firm Finite Square Well and founder-director of the Museum of Crypto Art.

In 2018, a news release described the fund as the first to accept all types of crypto, token and digital assets to support the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, 17 interlinked global objectives designed to reduce hunger, improve the environment and increase equality.

By 2022, many of the board members had ties to the crypto industry. They included Vincent Molinari, co-founder of the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development, and Bryan Doreian, who serves as an adviser to PIVX, a cryptocurrency founded in 2015.

Donor-advised funds have long touted their ability to liquidate noncash gifts like stock and collectible art and turn them into charitable dollars. In recent years, as crypto soared to dizzying heights and then plummeted, large donor-advised funds like Fidelity Charitable reported huge swings in crypto donations. (Cryptocurrency is digital money exchanged through a computer network that is not reliant on or maintained by a government or bank.)

In 2021, donors gave the equivalent of $331 million in crypto to Fidelity accounts, up from $28 million the previous year, likely because high crypto valuations in 2021 allowed them to make larger gifts and lock in larger tax deductions. In 2022, the amount was down to $38 million, as the collapse of the FTX crypto exchange roiled the market for digital currency.

Flannery and Brian Mittendorf, an accounting professor specializing in nonprofits at Ohio State University, were researching donor-advised funds when they came across SDG Impact Fund’s 990 filings with the Internal Revenue Service.

They found that most of the donations to the SDG Impact Fund in 2021 came in the form of noncash assets, such as art and collectibles, as well as crypto-gifts, including nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, which are unique digital assets that are often traded as art.

The SDG Impact Fund’s assets skyrocketed over a couple of years — and stayed in the stratosphere. In 2017, the fund reported $117,000 in assets. By 2020, that had ballooned to $238 million. Then, on its 2021 Form 990, the fund reported $10 billion in assets.

Perhaps more remarkable than its steep rise in 2021 is the fact it reported roughly the same asset figure in 2022, when crypto values plummeted and new donations to the fund dwindled to about $13.6 million.

Flannery and Mittendorf said that the fund’s last two annual 990 filings raise questions about whether the fund’s main purpose of late has been to increase tax benefits for donors who held NFTs and cryptocurrency with highly appreciated values.

SDG Impact Fund’s high asset value in 2022 is curious to art adviser Todd Levin because cryptocurrency plummeted that year and NFT values “were in the toilet.” That the fund did not record a sharp reduction in value in 2022 raises a lot of questions, says Andie Kramer, a lawyer who specializes in cryptocurrency transactions.

Those questions are difficult to answer based on publicly accessible information. For instance, it is unclear how much of the gifts SDG Impact received were from NFTs or cryptocurrency. The fund reported more than $9.8 billion in noncash donations in 2021, which could include NFTs, cryptocurrency, nondigital artwork, and equity and stock holdings.

But on the form’s Schedule M, where nonprofits list noncash donations, the fund itemized less than $2 billion, meaning that donations of nearly $8 billion that year were not accounted for in the filing, according to Mittendorf.

Mittendorf said that providing a complete itemization would help people understand the nature of the gifts they received.

“Taking into account the scale of assets we are talking about, this is an outlier that certainly deserves additional explanation,” he said.

The latest IRS tax filing is not signed by an independent accounting firm, which Kramer says is unusual for a fund of that size.

“If you had $10 billion, would you be filling out this form yourself?” asked Kramer.

The SDG Impact Fund’s leaders declined to comment or answer questions about the IRS filings posted on its website for 2021 and 2022.

Donating 0.1% of assets

SDG Impact Fund’s website states its “giving is aligned with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to charitable gifts, the fund provides systemic and regenerative impact investment and frontier tech-enabled opportunities for catalytic gifts that have the opportunity to grow over time.”

On its website, the fund allows donors to click on links to contribute to any of 16 causes. They include Gaia Gives, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals through “storytelling and engagement,” and the Costa Rica Regenerative Retreat Sanctuary, where visitors “level up your life so you can be more productive in sharing your gifts with the world, making a lasting positive change for humanity.”

Another link on the site’s “impact” section leads to “Donate to Win,” which offers participants the chance to buy into a lottery for tickets to a Taylor Swift concert and a college football game.

The website does not explain how these tickets are related to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG Impact site also does not indicate how much each cause received. (Donor-advised funds are only required to identify grantees that receive more than $5,000.)

One criticism of DAFs is that they allow the wealthy to derive benefits from charitable giving — without the actual charitable-giving part, at least not at the time they receive the tax benefit.

In 2021, the first year the SDG Impact Fund reported its $10 billion asset figure, it made $4.3 million in grants, according to its 990 form.

The following year, it reported $8.5 million in grants from its 146 donor-advised fund accounts, meaning less than one-tenth of a percent of its asset base went to charitable causes.

Given the dearth of information, Flannery is dubious that much of the $10 billion valuation will ever be directed to actual charities advancing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. She said the lack of information about who is making donations and how exactly the fund is using them is symptomatic of the lack of transparency of donor-advised funds.

“We need to make sure that donors aren’t using donor-advised funds for creative tax avoidance,” she said. “We need to make sure that we’re getting charitable works back.”

Switch to invest $772 million in second Georgia campus outside Atlanta

Switch is planning a new data center campus in Bartow County, Georgia.According to the Developments of Regional Impact filings (DRI, 1-2), Switch is planning the “Switch KEEP 2.0 Atlanta North Campus” in the City of Cartersville.The 126-acre site is located south of the intersection of Old Alabama Rd and Bates Rd...

Switch is planning a new data center campus in Bartow County, Georgia.

According to the Developments of Regional Impact filings (DRI, 1-2), Switch is planning the “Switch KEEP 2.0 Atlanta North Campus” in the City of Cartersville.

The 126-acre site is located south of the intersection of Old Alabama Rd and Bates Rd to the Paulding County line within Cartersville. The land is currently owned by Carter Grove (Atlanta) ASLI VI.

In one filing, this phase of the project is described as “a single data center facility approximately 1,620ft (493m) in length.”

The company intends to invest $772 million in the campus. The first phase of the project is set to complete in Q2 2026, with continued build-out to 2046.

Switch is yet to announce the project.

This property that Switch is targeting was reportedly previously part of future phases of the Carter Grove residential community. When work began in the early 2000s, developers planned up to 2,500 homes. There are currently around 400 in the area.

Cartersville City Planner David Hardegree told SoosaValleyNews the DRI is a 30-day public review process that should officially start on Friday. After 30 days, the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission will collect any received comments and create a report. During the 30 days, the City of Cartersville will evaluate a zoning application and a text amendment application. The text amendment is needed because the city does not have an existing zoning district to accommodate a data center campus that Switch envisions for the property.

Cartersville and Bartow County are located northeast of Atlanta.

DigitalBridge-owned Switch operates one of its Prime campuses in Georgia. Switch Atlanta – known as the Keep and located in Douglas County west of Atlanta – offers a total of 150MW across more than 1 million sq ft (92,900 sqm). Plans for the site were first announced in 2017.

Switch operates its other large 'Prime' data center campuses in Reno, Las Vegas, and Grand Rapids. It is building a large data center in Texas, where it also bought Data Foundry for $420 million.

Switch also retains a stake in the SuperNAP facility in Bangkok, Thailand. The company also has an Edge business with Dell building Edge data centers at FedEx locations across the US.

DigitalBridge, alongside IFM Investors, took Switch private in an $11bn deal in December 2022. Australian pension fund Aware Super invested in the company earlier this year.


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