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LIVE UNITED A BOLD IDEA FOR EXTRAORDINARY TIMES LIVE UNITED. An idea big enough to change the lives of every resident in our community. A challenge great enough to require everyone to become a part of it. This call to action serves as a rallying point for individuals throughout our community to connect to brighter futures for themselves and, more importantly, to help create better tomorrows for others.

More than a slogan, LIVE UNITED is a declaration and an invitation to give, advocate and volunteer in the areas of education, income and health. For United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, this means continuing our commitment to ending chronic homelessness, promoting early education, helping hard-working families remain financially stable, and providing life-changing and life-saving information 24 hours a day through United Way 2-1-1.

LIVE UNITED has the power to transform the United Way experience, so that our community can continue to improve the lives of the men, women and children who call metro Atlanta home. Every one of us can spread this back-to-basics message throughout metro Atlanta when we choose to give, advocate and volunteer. Each of these three actions creates connections that lead to partnerships and, in turn, to solutions.

Each of us has been offered the chance to LIVE UNITED. This year, it was an invitation that many in metro Atlanta graciously accepted.



The next frontier is the discovery of what it means to be human. — Joel Garreau

Few people today are as passionate about understanding community as Joel Garreau. His thoughts are where I turn to when I try to foresee how each of us will affect our shared quality of life. I came to United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta with the goal of making our organization an indispensable resource for leadership in both thought and action, leadership our community expects – and deserves.



You hardly need to hear from me how the fundamentals of a good life have become more difficult to acquire and preserve. What I will tell you is what I have told the friends I have made among the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, in the Atlanta Business League and in Rotary: Our community can recover from any turbulence, be it economic or atmospheric, but only if we choose to LIVE UNITED. These two words have been even more places than I have this past year. I may not remember everywhere I saw someone proudly wearing a LIVE UNITED T-shirt, but I always carry the memory of hearing someone express what those two words mean to them. I was at a campaign event sometime around Labor Day, when concerns about subprime mortgages temporarily took a back seat to the anxiousness about the path of Hurricane Gustav and the fate of Galveston, Texas. This particular company had an office in Galveston. I asked a man wearing a LIVE UNITED shirt and watching the forecast on television about why he gave to United Way. He told me, “I’m standing upright and taking nourishment. I’ve got a job I hate, but at least I’ve got a job. I’ve got it a heck of a lot better than a lot of people. This is a time I need to be as generous as I can be. Tell me what I can do to help!” His statement of membership in his community reminded me how, more than our fears, it is our blessings that connect us. I have witnessed similar statements before and since, near a toppled tree in Oakland Cemetery following a tornado, in the bleachers at a Braves game as the sun set on a successful Day of Action, and helping hundreds of volunteers Read for the Record to children like the one sitting next to me here. What must be done, we can only do together. To truly LIVE UNITED, we must respond to the critical needs in our community. We must regularly incite extraordinary improvements. All of us who have been given the privilege of leading this United Way believe our community has a duty to enhance our quality of life by focusing on education, income and health, as well as by ending chronic homelessness by 2013. Achieving these goals will require us to form partnerships of greater strength and depth, as well as set higher standards for these alliances. I am confident that we can build an open and sturdy framework that encourages more of our friends and neighbors to join us in this work, one that can support their efforts and elevate our entire community. Whichever frontier we set our sights upon, it must always be one that is worthy of our dreams. The measure of our success will be the common humanity we discover along the way.

Milton J. Little, Jr. President United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta


A MESSAGE FROM OUR 2007-08 BOARD CHAIR, LEE TORRENCE It was a pleasure to chair the Board of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta during the past year. No volunteers are more selfless, no staff is more committed, and no community is more caring than the one we are fortunate enough to call home. Serving with Milton Little in his first year as president was a treasured opportunity. From the start, he challenged all of us to think more strategically, respond more effectively to the pressing issues of our community and maximize the precious resources entrusted to this United Way. Responding to Milton’s challenge required the entire Board to LIVE UNITED. I’m extremely grateful to Molly Burke and Michael Kay for the development of our strategic planning framework, which will help ensure that, over the next five years, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta continues to achieve lasting improvements in education, income and health, in addition to ending chronic homelessness. Larry Keys, with support from McKinsey & Company, provided validation and valuable insights into the equitable allocation of resources by county. The work led by Peter Genz around resource development was itself a gift. Of course, a special debt of gratitude is owed to Mike Garrett for a successful workplace campaign that exceeded its $81 million goal. The year also marked the formation of the Early Education Commission, which Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, graciously agreed to co-chair. They have quickly exposed this cross-collaboration of influential minds to nationally recognized experts and best practices. In addition, the Gateway 24/7 Homeless Services Center became a standalone nonprofit organization, with a board chaired by my predecessor, Jack Hardin. I have no doubt that Jack’s leadership will enable the Gateway Center to continue playing its pivotal role in the work of the Regional Commission on Homelessness, particularly around the needs of women and children. An increased focus on disaster preparedness, even before the tornado hit Atlanta in March, paid off once it did touch down. While the American Red Cross and United Way partners had the emergency response under control, United Way was again called upon to lead the long-term response, which it did by assembling a team in less than 48 hours. However, the tornado pales in comparison to the global economic turmoil we now confront. My successor, Tim Bentsen, will need all of us to LIVE UNITED, and I know he will be able to count on nothing less.


A MESSAGE FROM OUR 2008-09 BOARD CHAIR, TIM BENTSEN Even before I succeeded Lee Torrence as chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Board of Directors, I had developed a newfound appreciation for that fabled warning to “beware the Ides of March.” On Sunday, March 16, two days after the Atlanta tornado, JPMorgan Chase announced its initial offer to acquire Bear Stearns, the first of a series of venerable financial institutions long thought to be “too big to fail.” Coming into this year’s campaign in late summer, all of us on the Board knew it was going to be a tough time to raise money, and that without leadership, it would be close to impossible. The Board recognized that before we could ask the community to support United Way at a level that might appear out of step with the economy, we had to make our personal commitment clear. That’s why I announced at the campaign kickoff on September 4 that the Board was committing to raise an additional $500,000 through the personal efforts and contributions of its members. Less than two weeks later, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Lehman Brothers had also been acquired or dissolved, and the number of calls to United Way 2-1-1 was increasing significantly from the previous year. From food to energy to housing, needs in the community are rising faster than ever. That is why, in addition to raising the overall campaign goal from the year before, United Way launched the Critical Needs Campaign, to make sure that people know that our organization cares about the concerns of today every bit as much as the opportunities of tomorrow. How do we link together? How can we expect every individual to help when every institution of government, commerce and faith has been hit? We have a duty to respond to our community’s needs as fully and as urgently as we can. We have to understand how the metro Atlanta community is being impacted, identifying and addressing the critical needs that our families, friends and neighbors are experiencing day to day. Challenging times like this call for bold and courageous leadership. And we’re seeing it. Leadership giving, a critical part of any campaign, is more valuable than ever as United Way addresses these critical needs. This is not business as usual for us, and our success is anything but guaranteed. Still, “beware” does not mean “hide.” This turbulence will pass, though we may not know when. If we can choose to get through it together, we will surely emerge from it stronger than before.






> To move our community from where we are to where we want to be, we must change the choices available to all of us, and we must achieve the necessary stability for our community’s most vulnerable residents.

In metro Atlanta, particularly in the areas of education, income, health and homelessness, this remains an unfinished journey. Setting these pillars in the proper foundation is the responsibility every community faces and the challenge that no single nonprofit, let alone individual, can accomplish successfully. Why? Because these cornerstones of self-sufficiency are connected to each other, and so must all be moved at once. A quality education increases the chances for a stable income and secure retirement, just as surely as a health emergency can trigger a financial jolt that costs a family their home. Homeownership, similarly, is as critical to building wealth as homelessness is detrimental to staying healthy, educating children or holding down a job. At United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, we have been developing strategies to move our community forward for more than a century. In recent years, our best barometer has been the nature and volume of calls that are received by United Way 2-1-1, the information and referral service created here in 1997. Thanks to United Way partners, this system has kept up with technology; however, that technology also tells us that our capacity to care is in danger of being outpaced by the needs for assistance. In recent months, it has become clearer than ever that measuring needs is not enough; we must address and resolve them. When families are referred to agency partners that are willing to help, but not able to, our entire community has fallen short. It is not enough for residents to be momentarily safe from harm, if they are not also free from fear. The good news is that our community gets recalibrated every time a caring member chooses to LIVE UNITED and give, advocate or volunteer. United Way harnesses this energy to bring out the best ideas and practices from every corner of 13 metro Atlanta counties. At the same time, United Way develops partnerships that diligently ensure that the safety net in our community remains tightly woven and that the lives it catches, though they may be bruised, are on the mend and quickly moving forward again. Whatever destination we choose, our journey is not complete until all of us arrive healthy, self-sufficient and safe. The caring power of our community is unlimited, but the time we have to act is startlingly brief. Times are hard. The answer isn’t. We must look ahead – and LIVE UNITED.


United Way has its finger on the pulse of the critical issues of our time and certainly for Atlanta. Issues related to the education of our children, issues related to housing, issues related to a decent job or a decent income, or issues related to health care. I feel very strongly that those of us who have been blessed with resources and time have a special responsibility to give back. I’m Dr. David Satcher, director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and I am proud to LIVE UNITED.




WITHIN OUR CHILDREN. > Jameia Barnes knows a thing or two – or four – about the difference quality child care can make in a young boy’s development. The two youngest of her four sons have both attended the Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center of Central DeKalb. Scottdale is a partner in the Leadership in Action Program (LAP) in DeKalb County. The LAP continues the work of another United Way early learning initiative, SPARK Georgia, which uses a system of “hubs,” including child care centers, Head Starts and family support agencies, to provide a variety of services to the community. The mission of the LAP is to empower county leaders to develop strategic initiatives that measurably improve the well-being of families, children and communities. Scottdale holds weekly meetings that offer moms and dads information and guidance on how to improve their parenting skills. Parents also volunteer to surprise their children by appearing as “mystery readers,” as well as to monitor the classroom while teachers meet to exchange ideas and best practices. “I’ve done that a whole bunch of times,” Barnes attested. These programs bring parents and teachers together to improve the quality of care that every child receives. United Way believes that the community that invests in every stage of childhood education will reap endless benefits down the road. This means making sure children start school ready to learn and graduate ready to succeed, as well as helping parents recognize that their involvement is key. Through collaborations with school systems, government agencies, grantee partners and initiatives like the LAP, United Way is bringing communities the help they need to turn children into learners and young people into leaders. Barnes has noticed the difference in her two sons who attended Scottdale. “They’re more settled down, and they enjoy reading more. They pay attention and they catch on.” When parents, teachers and community partners LIVE UNITED, and pay attention to education, success has a way of catching on, too.

The path to success > Partners that make stories lik LIVE UNITED ANNUAL REPORT 9

Scottdale Center, Partnership for Community Action, Quality Care for Children, DeKalb Cou

EDUCATION_SNAPSHOT More than 10,000 first-graders in metro Atlanta (nearly one in six) do not have the basic reading skills they need. Every dollar invested in afterschool time saves $7 in future remedial education, welfare and prison costs. Studies show that when parents are involved in education, students avoid high-risk behavior and have better grades. Some 46 percent of kindergarten students come to school at risk for failure. Low-income children begin one to two years behind. Children in quality child-care programs have 26 percent greater high school graduation rates, are held back 35 percent less often and are 60 percent less likely to have a juvenile arrest. Last year: • 9,861 parents got involved in their child’s school activities. • 43,678 children were screened and supported in building basic literacy skills. • 16,835 youth achieved or maintained satisfactory grades.

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unty Human Development Department, Refugee Family Services.



PROMOTING FINANCIAL STABILITY AND STRENGTH. > After her husband of 44 years, Lewis, suffered a stroke, Lynn Brady had to quit her job as an antiques dealer to care for him around the clock. “To make ends meet, I sold his car, small fishing boat and house furniture,” she recalled. While the Bradys gratefully received help from their family, friends and church, the medical bills and rising living expenses nevertheless placed their home in jeopardy. Then Lynn called North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC), a United Way community partner that helps families in North Fulton stay in their homes. NFCC promptly assisted the Bradys with food, utility bills and medical payments. Unexpected life events can strain what appears to be a secure financial foundation. For many in our community, these uncertainties crop up all too often around the most essential needs, leaving hard-working families unable to see the path to stability, let alone take the first step toward it. United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is committed to improving the financial stability of people who live and work in our region. United Way continues to help get people into homes they can afford, through the Individual Development Account (IDA) program for homeownership. United Way has also partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Consumer Credit Counseling Service to help thousands of families keep their homes. As Lynn Brady could tell you, without United Way and partners like NFCC, “I would not be here today, and neither would my husband, and without a doubt we would not have our home.” The power of partnership helps ensure that the path to financial stability remains clearly marked, and that our community is always ready to guide every traveler on it.

The path to success > Steps that make financial stab LIVE UNITED ANNUAL REPORT 11

Repair credit, Find job training, Get a better-paying job, Open a checking account, Save fo

INCOME_SNAPSHOT Every year, 40,000 working families in metro Atlanta risk losing their homes, and more than 900,000 people just like the Bradys have difficulty meeting their basic needs. As a partner in the Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, United Way collaborates with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the IRS, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and more than 50 other organizations to connect working families with existing economic benefits. With support once again from Bank of America, United Way sponsored multiple Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites across metro Atlanta, helping families claim $9 million in refunds under the Earned Income Tax Credit. Through the Workforce Readiness Project, United Way is bringing governmental and faith-based agencies together with chambers of commerce, meeting entire communities where they are.

bility a reality:

or retirement, Buy a home.




OF OUR FAMILIES. > After Connor Oakes was diagnosed with autism when he was 3, his parents, Lisa and Doug, found themselves overwhelmed by both the abundance of information available and the lack of guidance to help parents understand the facts. Lisa and Doug enrolled Connor in several programs. The search was frustrating, but through it all Lisa remained steadfast in her belief about the classroom environment her son needed. “He knows how to be autistic,” she maintained. “I want him to learn to be as normal as possible.” At a support group for parents of autistic children, Lisa learned about Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, a United Way community partner. Rather than simply trying to neutralize difficult behavior patterns, Stepping Stones teachers strive to develop all the potential in their students and help parents cope with their unique situations. United Way understands that people with access to affordable health care are better able to contribute at work, raise their children and keep their homes. Increasing this access means increasing the availability of primary care, which is much less expensive than emergency room care. United Way is also bringing communities together in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties, holding forums where residents can discuss and decide how to meet their specific community health needs. The health of our community depends on keeping its most vulnerable residents self-sufficient, productive and well. Connor was 5 when he started at Stepping Stones. Today, he is happy and engaged with those around him. Lisa and Doug have a team of caring professionals to support them. United Way is fortunate to have so many partners whose commitment is contagious.

The path to success > Partners that make stories lik LIVE UNITED ANNUAL REPORT 13

Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, Gateway Center, Grady Hospital, MUST Ministries, Ben

HEALTH_SNAPSHOT According to Georgia State University’s Georgia Health Policy Center, more than 1 million Georgians – half of whom live in metro Atlanta – do not have health insurance. Poor health is not simply a consequence of homelessness, but also a cause. Medical bills are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy. Of the 100 counties in the nation with the highest rates of bankruptcy, 45 are in Georgia. United Way has been developing community partnerships around delivering affordable primary care. At these health clinic partners, a doctor’s visit for a common cold costs about $50, less than one-fourth the cost of being treated in an emergency room. In addition, United Way is working to ensure seniors get the support they need to live independently in their own homes, as two out of three metro Atlanta seniors plan to do.

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n Massell Dental Clinic, WellStar.



REACHING OUT TO OUR COMMUNITY. > Step inside Robert and Martha Barber’s Step-Up Thrift Store in midtown Atlanta and you will see a beehive of activity. The store is packed with eager customers searching for hidden treasures. Every employee, however, has known a time when life’s risks greatly outweighed its rewards. All of them have been unemployed and homeless. Robert himself used to live on the streets without a nickel to his name. United Way believes that no one should be left out of our community’s future. For the past five years, the Regional Commission on Homelessness has brought together leaders from the business, charitable and government sectors to develop a strategy for eliminating chronic homelessness in metro Atlanta. Four major components of the system are reunification, intake and assessment, housing with case management, and employment. Reunification is a proven strategy for preventing individuals experiencing temporary or episodic homelessness from slipping into chronic homelessness. Intake and assessment are critical in many public service professions. The Gateway 24/7 Homeless Services Center, now an independent nonprofit organization, has provided a central location where a person can start the journey out of homelessness, as well as where homeless services providers can network and exchange ideas. The commission itself adopted a “housing first” approach, a model that provides supportive housing for the most critically homeless in a specific geographical area. Supportive housing combines clean and habitable housing with services and counseling that can transition individuals experiencing chronic homelessness to their own apartment. Since the initiation of this approach, 209 of 254 of the hardestto-reach homeless individuals have been successfully transitioned to housing. Once Robert found the community “backing” he needed through United Way and its partners, he was determined to share his success with others. Robert Barber knows that reaching out a hand to one can improve the lives of all. That’s how he chooses to LIVE UNITED.

The path to success > Partners that make stories lik LIVE UNITED ANNUAL REPORT 15

Samaritan House, Pathways Community Network, Fulton County Drug and Alcohol Center,

HOMELESSNESS_SNAPSHOT This past year, more than 6,100 homeless individuals were reconnected with family or other support systems. More than 8,000 individuals every year are connected to medical services, shelter, drug and employment counseling, and a host of other community services. More than 1,200 supportive housing units were created during the past three years, with an additional 750 currently under development. Agencies like First Step, Samaritan House and the Atlanta Enterprise Center, along with the Georgia Department of Labor and other partners, have found more than 900 jobs for homeless men and women.

ke this one a reality: Regional Commission on Homelessness, Gateway Center.



Cash and cash equivalents

Other receivables and repayments

Investments, at fair value

Land, building and equipment, net of depreciation

Pledges receivable, less allowance for uncollectible accounts of $6,827 and $6,781 at June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively

Other assets

Specific care pledges receivable, less allowance for uncollectible amounts of $231 and $198 at June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively

Assets (in thousands)



Cash and cash equivalents Investments, at fair value Pledges receivable, less allowance for uncollectible accounts of $6,827 and $6,781 at June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively Specific care pledges receivable, less allowance for uncollectible amounts of $231 and $198 at June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively Other receivables and repayments Land, building and equipment, net of depreciation Other assets Total assets

$18,286 $12,300

$14,050 $13,106



$2,488 $6,099 $32,281 $1,531 $99,794

$2,129 $4,355 $33,903 $1,957 $97,074

Allocations payable


Specific care allocations payable

Temporarily restricted

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

Permanently restricted

Notes payable and other obligations



$15,266 $3,732 $7,600 $10,526 $37,124

$15,862 $1,035 $4,729 $9,901 $31,527

$41,563 $17,332 $3,775 $62,670 $99,794

$44,008 $17,764 $3,775 $65,547 $97,074

Liabilities (in thousands) Allocations payable Specific care allocations payable Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Notes payable and other obligations Total liabilities

Net assets (in thousands) Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted Total net assets Total liabilities and assets


All numbers audited.



Donor-specified gifts paid out by other organizations




Gifts In Kind Atlanta






Donor-specified gifts for local nonprofits, paid out by UWMA


United Way programs United Way 2-1-1

Investments in our community (in millions)


United Way programs include: United Way impact and investment support Georgia Department of Human Resources call center Other initiatives Total

$3.9 $2.3 $1.3 $7.5

United Way total budget also includes: United Way fundraising and administration Pledge loss and depreciation

$8.5 $6.5

Total investments in our community










Gifts In Kind Atlanta Non-campaign foundations and government grants Campaign foundations Special events Corporate gifts Individuals, in and out of workplace

Sources of fundraising (in millions)


Non-campaign Non-campaign foundations and government grants Gifts In Kind Atlanta Non-campaign total

$15 $9.8 $24.8

Campaign Individuals, in and out of workplace Corporate gifts Campaign foundations Special events Campaign total

$56.1 $18.6 $5.2 $1.3 $81.2

Fundraising total




Central Presbyterian Outreach Center

Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children


Cherokee Child Advocacy Council


Activ, Inc.

Cherokee Day Training Center

Families First

Africa’s Children’s Fund

Cherokee Family Violence Center

Fayette County Board of Education

American Cancer Society

Cherokee Learning Center

Fayette Samaritans

American Red Cross, Coweta Chapter

Children’s Voice: CASA

Fayette Senior Services

American Red Cross, Metro Atlanta Chapter


Fayette Youth Protection Homes

Another Way Out

Clayton County Aging Program

Flint Circuit Council on Family Violence

Association of Village PRIDE

Clayton County Extension Service


Association on Battered Women of Clayton County

Clayton County Family Care

Fulton County CASA


Gate City Day Nursery Association

Atlanta Children’s Shelter

Genesis – A New Life

Atlanta Enterprise Center

Cobb County Center for Children and Young Adults

Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Cobb Housing

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Atlanta Micro Fund Loan Program

Communities In Schools of Atlanta

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

Atlanta Urban League

Communities In Schools of Coweta

Georgia Law Center for the Homeless

Atlanta Victim Assistance

Communities In Schools of Douglas County

Auditory-Verbal Center Beacon of Hope

Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County

Georgia State University Research Foundation

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

Community Action Center

Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta

Blind and Low Vision Services of North Georgia

Community Health Center

Goodwill of North Georgia

Bobby Dodd Institute

Cool Girls


Boy Scouts Atlanta Council


Gwinnett Children’s Shelter

Boy Scouts Flint River Council

Council on Aging for McIntosh Trail

Hands of Hope Clinic

Boy Scouts Northeast Georgia Council

Council on Alcohol and Drugs

Harvest Rain Academy

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

CASA of Paulding County

Hearts to Nourish Hope

Butts County Counseling Center

Covenant Community

Henry County Council on Aging

Butts County Mental Retardation Center

Coweta Council on Aging

Henry County Council on Child Abuse

Butts County Schools

Coweta County Special Olympics

Hillside Hospital

Calvary Refuge Center

Create Your Dreams

Housing Authority of Newnan


Crossroads Community Ministries

Housing Initiative of North Fulton

Carrie Steele Pitts Home

Decatur Cooperative Ministry


CASA for Children

Decatur Recreation Department

Inner Harbour

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta

DeKalb County CASA

Inner Strength

Diabetes Association of Atlanta

Institute for Multicultural Rehabilitation

Center for Black Women’s Wellness

Douglas County Retardation Association

Interlocking Communities

Center for Pan Asian Community Services

Douglas Senior Services

International Community School

Center for the Visually Impaired

Easter Seals North Georgia

International Women’s House


Georgia Business Forum

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Jewish Family & Career Services

Refugee Family Services

Trinity Community Ministries

Juvenile Justice Fund

Reynoldstown Revitalization Corporation

Truancy Intervention Project Georgia

Lakeview Community Action Committee

Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families

USO Council of Georgia

Latin American Association

Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund

Visiting Nurse Health System

Lilburn Elementary School

Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services

VOX Teen Communications

Link Counseling Center

Samaritan House of Atlanta

Whitefoord Community Program

Marcus Jewish Community Center

Samaritans Together of Henry County

Wholistic Stress Control Institute

Mary Hall Freedom House

Scottdale Child Development Center

YMCA Butler Street

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Community Children’s Program

Senior Citizen Services of Metro Atlanta

YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta

Senior Connections

Young Family Community Resource Center

MUST Ministries

S.H.A.R.E. House

Youth Vibe

Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity

Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers


Newnan-Coweta Association for Retarded Citizens (NCARC/Rutledge)

YWCA of Greater Atlanta

Shepherd’s Rest Ministries

YWCA of Northwest Georgia

Nicholas House

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia

Zion Hill Community Development Corporation

North Fulton Child Development Association

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

North Fulton Community Charities

St. Jude’s Recovery Center

Northwest Youth Power

Stepping Stones

Odyssey Family Counseling Center Open Hand / Atlanta

Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center

Osborne Prevention Task Force

SUMMECH Community Development Corp.

Our House

Sweetwater Valley C.A.M.P.

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Tapestry Youth Ministries

Partnership Against Domestic Violence

Teach O Rea Preparatory Preschool

Partnership for Community Action

Teens At Work

Pathways Community Network

The Bridge

Paulding Collaborative for Children and Families

The Center for Family Resources


The Council on Aging

Planned Parenthood of Georgia

The Drake House

Positive Growth

The Edge Connection

Premier Academy

The Frazer Center

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

The IMPACT Group

Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale

The Joseph Sams School

Prevention PLUS

The Salvation Army

Project ReNeWal

The Study Hall

Quality Care for Children

The Sullivan Center

Refuge Pregnancy Center

Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta

The Community Welcome House


2007-08 COMMITTEE CHAIRS Elaine Abraham

Molly B. Burke

Michael D. Garrett

Noah’s Ark Committee: Henry Advisory Board

GE Committee: Strategic Planning

Georgia Power Committee: Campaign Cabinet

Stacey Abrams

Jim Caldwell

Peter Genz

State Representative, District 84 Committee: Women’s Legacy Council

Retired – Deloitte Committee: Fulton County Leadership Development Committee

King & Spalding Committee: Resource Development Strategic Planning

Tom Chapel

Virginia Gray

CDC/OWCD Committee: Outcome Measurement Advisory Group

Clayton County Commissioner Committee: Clayton Community Solutions/Initiatives Committee

Dorothy Cochran

Lisa Gunther

WORKTEC Committee: Clayton Leadership Development Committee

Newell Rubbermaid Committee: Gifts In Kind Atlanta Board

Genevieve Cole Georgia Heritage Bank Committee: Paulding Advisory Board

Retired Committee: Fulton County Community Solutions Committee

Kym Crooms

Mark Haney

DFCS Committee: Health Impact Board

WellStar Health System Committee: Audit Committee

Answering Metro Atlanta Committee: Clayton Investment Committee, Clayton Advisory Board

Nancy Davis

Dale E. Hannold

Georgia Power Committee: Douglas Campaign Committee

Coweta-Fayette EMC Committee: Coweta Advisory Board

Terri Barrington

Jean Dodson

Edward J. Hardin

BB&T Committee: Paulding Community Engagement Committee

Sylvan Grove Hospital Committee: Butts Investment Committee

Rogers & Hardin, LLP Committee: Nominating Committee

Charles Fuller

Tom Harrison

Aleesha Benjamin

JCPenney Committee: Fayette Campaign Cabinet

H2O Reps Committee: Rockdale Advisory Board

Jan Alligood Georgia Power Committee: Coweta Campaign Cabinet

Ron Alston SunTrust Banks Committee: DeKalb Advisory Board

Heather Ancrum Atlanta Housing Authority Committee: Fulton County Community Solutions Committee

Marshall Avett Jackson Progress Argus Committee: Butts Community Engagement Committee

Raymond Baggarly

BB&T Committee: WINGs

Lynn Black Coles College of Business Kennesaw State University Committee: Cobb Campaign Cabinet


Nancy Hamilton

Jim Herbert

Dr. Timothy S. Mescon

Betty Slater

Butts County Recreation Department Committee: Butts Leadership Development Committee

Columbus State University Committee: Finance & Property Committee

Committee: Children’s Impact Advisory Board

Larry Morgan

Doris Isaacs

Metro Bank Committee: Douglas New Business Committee

Committee: Douglas Advisory Board

First Georgia Community Bank Committee: Butts Advisory Board

Michael Z. Kay

Grant Nelson

Committee: Community Impact Council

Genuine Parts Committee: Cobb Advisory Board

Strickland Communications Co. Committee: Fulton County Community Engagement Committee

Michael T. Petrik

Terri Theisen

Alston & Bird Committee: Public Policy Board

Theisen Consulting Committee: Help for the Homeless Committee

Gary Price

Amber Thomas

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Committee: Tocqueville Society

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Committee: Financial Review Committee

Jane Ragsdale

Rob Tornow

WellStar Paulding Committee: Paulding Community Investments

Retired Committee: Coweta Advisory Board

Rebecca Ramage-Tuttle

Lee B. Torrence

Disability Link Committee: Disabilities Impact Board

Retired – IBM 2007-08 Board Chair Committee: Compensation Committee Directors Committee

Joanne Kelley Kelley & Associates Committee: Douglas Community Investments

Larry D. Keys Mercer Committee: Jefferson Task Force

Charlotte King Snowden & King Committee: United Way 2-1-1 Advisory Board

Kristin Kirkconnel AGL Resources Committee: IT Advisory Board

Ed Lee

Mike Stephens

Jill Strickland-Luse

Shiloh Baptist Church Committee: Henry Leadership Development Committee

Joey Reiman

Anastasia Lester

Carl Rhodenizer

Community Volunteer Committee: Fayette Advisory Board

Committee: Clayton Campaign Committee

Wachovia Committee: African American Partnership

Denese Rodgers

Jacqui Welch

Bob Mathe

Connecting Henry Committee: Henry Community Engagement Committee

Turner Broadcasting System Committee: Cole Society Advisory Board

Lynda White

Juan Sanchez

Butts County Board of Education Committee: Butts Campaign Committee

Retired – UPS Committee: Fulton County Resource Development Committee

Leonardo McClarty DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Committee: DeKalb Advisory Board

Monique McDowell Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP Committee: Fulton County Community Solutions Committee

BrightHouse Committee: Marketing Advisory Committee

Federal Reserve Bank Committee: Community Investments Committee

Calvin Ward

Cheryl Wilder

92.5 FM The Bear Committee: Fayette Campaign Cabinet

Clayton County Computer Center Committee: Clayton Community Engagement Committee

Mary Buckle Searle

Jeff Wilder

Scott Sargeant

Sandy McGarity

Strategic Thought Partners Committee: Women of Tocqueville

Church of Christ Committee: Henry Campaign Committee

Committee: Henry Investment Committee

Phyllis Shrader

Clarence Williamson, Jr.

Maura McKena

Henry County Government Committee: Henry Community Solutions/Initiatives Committee

ADP Committee: Fulton County Advisory Board

John Yates

Keith Shurbutt

Morris, Manning & Martin Committee: Cole Society Advisory Board

Bank of North Georgia Committee: Fulton County North Fulton Campaign Cabinet

Megan McKoy GreyStone Power Committee: Douglas Community Engagement Committee

KPMG Committee: Financial Review Committee


2007-08 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lee B. Torrence*

Roberto I. (Bob) Jimenez

Dorothy Cochran*

Senior State Executive (retired) IBM Board Chair

Vice President – Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Cox Enterprises, Inc. Strategic Planning Chair-Elect

(Clayton/Henry – ’10) Executive Director WORKTEC

Tim E. Bentsen* Atlanta Office Managing Partner KPMG Board Chair-Elect

Mike Eskew Edward J. (Jack) Hardin* Partner Rogers & Hardin, LLP Immediate Past Chair/Nom. Comm.

Michael Z. Kay* Community Impact Chair

Paul Barnes

Molly B. Burke*

(at-large – ’09) Regional Commissioner Social Security Administration

General Counsel, Energy Services GE Strategic Planning Chair Community Impact Chair-Elect

Dr. Tim Mescon President Columbus State University Finance & Property Chair

L. Craig Ramsey Partner in Charge Accenture Finance & Property Chair-Elect

Michael D. Garrett (at-large – ’10) President & CEO Georgia Power Company

Peter Genz

Lisa Borders

Partner King & Spalding LLP

(Fulton – ’10) President Atlanta City Council

Mark Haney

Guy Budinscak (at-large – ’09) Atlanta Managing Partner Deloitte

Dennis Burnette (Cherokee – ’10) President Cherokee Bank

Anna Cablik (at-large – ’10) President Anatek, Inc.


Chairman & CEO (retired) UPS

(Audit Committee Chair / Paulding – ’09) Senior Vice President Business Development & Real Estate WellStar Health System

Patricia Harris (grantee liaison – ’10) Executive Director & CEO The Edge Connection

Phil Jacobs (at-large – ’08) President (retired) Business Communications Services AT&T Southeast

Joanne Kelley

Douglas Polley


(Douglas County – ’09) Kelley & Associates

(at-large – ’09) Business Manager/FST North Georgia Building Trades Council

Milton J. Little, Jr., president Donna Buchanan, COO

Larry D. Keys (at-large – ’08) Worldwide Partner/Atlanta Office Head Mercer

Helen Smith Price

Betsy Brown, assistant to the president

(at-large – ’08) Executive Director The Coca-Cola Foundation

* Directors Committee

Charlotte King (at-large – ’09) CEO Snowden & King

Dr. Samuel T. King (Rockdale – ’09) Superintendent Rockdale County Public Schools

William K. (Pete) Malone (Butts – ’08) Chairman & CEO McIntosh State Bank

Dr. David Satcher (at-large – ’10) Director Satcher Health Leadership Institute Morehouse School of Medicine

Robin G. Tornow (Coweta – ’08) Center Director (retired) University of West Georgia at Newnan

Lyn Turknett (DeKalb – ’10) Turknett Leadership Group

James A. (Jim) Mothorpe (Fayette – ’09) National Financial Services Group

Sam Olens (Cobb County – ’08) Chairman Cobb County Board of Commissioners

Jean Walker (Gwinnett – ’08) Executive Director for School Improvement Gwinnett County Public Schools


COMPANIES AND FOUNDATIONS The following companies and foundations and their employees contributed more than $100,000 in 2007. Accenture LLP Acuity Brands Lighting AGL Resources Alston & Bird LLP American Cancer Society Ashe Rafuse & Hill LLP Assurant Solutions AT&T Atlanta Public Schools Bank of America Bank of North Georgia BB&T Brasfield & Gorrie Cargill Meat Solutions CIBA VISION Corporation City of Atlanta Cobb County Schools Coca-Cola Enterprises Combined Federal Campaign Comcast Cousins Properties Cox Enterprises/AJC/WSB-TV David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund DeKalb County School System Deloitte Delta Air Lines Douglas County School System Enterprise Rent-A-Car Equifax Ernst & Young LLP Fannie Mae Federal Express

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta GE Genuine Parts Company Georgia Power / Southern Company Services Georgia-Pacific Corporation Gwinnett County Schools Holder Construction Company IBM ITW (Illinois Tool Works) JCPenney John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Jones Day Kaiser Permanente Kilpatrick Stockton LLP Kimberly-Clark King & Spalding LLP KPMG LLP Kroger Lockheed Martin Macy’s South Macy’s Systems and Technology Marriott MARTA - ATU Local 732 McKenney’s McKesson Provider Technologies McKinsey & Company Merial Limited Merrill Lynch Microsoft Corporation Montag & Caldwell, Inc. National Center for Learning Disabilities Neenah Paper

Nonami Foundation Nordson Corporation Nordstrom Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation Northside Hospital Oxford Industries Paul Hastings Piedmont Healthcare Powell Goldstein LLP PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Printpack Publix Super Markets QuikTrip Rich Foundation Rock-Tenn Company Rollins Sartain Lanier Family Foundation Scientific Atlanta Solvay Pharmaceuticals SunTrust Sutherland LLP Target The Coca-Cola Company The Home Depot The Kendeda Fund The State Charitable Campaign Troutman Sanders LLP Turner Broadcasting System United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta UPS W.K. Kellogg Foundation Wachovia Bank of Georgia Wells Fargo Real Estate Group




THANK YOU FOR GIVING. FOR ADVOCATING. FOR VOLUNTEERING. MILLION DOLLAR ROUNDTABLE Madeline and Howell Adams Stephanie and Arthur Blank R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr. Billi and Bernie Marcus Ginny and Guy Millner Sue and John Wieland The Kendeda Fund The late J.B. Fuqua and his wife, Dorothy The late Roberto C. Goizueta and his wife, Olga The late Scott Hudgens

$ 4 MILLION+ Combined Federal Campaign AT&T Publix Super Markets UPS

$ 2 MILLION+ SunTrust The Coca-Cola Company Georgia Power / Southern Company Services

$1 MILLION+ IBM The State Charitable Campaign Cox Enterprises/AJC/WSB-TV Deloitte The Home Depot Wachovia Bank of Georgia King & Spalding LLP GE QuikTrip AGL Resources Bank of America



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