Donate & Save!
Our club's mission is to have FUN and make a DIFFERENCE. Community service is one of our adventure themes. Give Back ATL is a unique program that helps us achieve our the second part of our mission, which is to make a difference in our community. Listed below are the non-profit organizations that we support through our community service projects. We also offer Membership Gift Certificates.
Angels Among Us Pet RESCUE
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. They operate through a network of volunteers and foster homes in the metro Atlanta area. Their efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference… one pet at a time. Their mission is two-fold. 1) To educate the public on the plight of animals that have found themselves in high kill shelters throughout Georgia and on the responsibilities involved with pet ownership, such as spay/neuter and heartworm prevention. 2) To save as many animals as we can from high kill shelters and to see each animal through from the actual rescue to the loving foster home and ultimately to the “forever” home they were meant to have.
Atlanta Audubon Society
Founded in 1972, Atlanta Audubon Society is the area's premier organization dedicated to the enjoyment and conservation of Georgia's birds and their habitats. Atlanta Audubon engages its over 800 members and the general public with over 120 free bird walks and field trips each year; several annual workshops featuring a variety of topics; a free monthly speaker series; professional development for educators; a backyard wildlife sanctuary certification program; community outreach; and more. Atlanta Audubon is currently launching several habitat preservation and species-specific conservation initiatives. Learn more on our website about how you can support this important work, and thank you for being "for the birds."
The Atlanta BeltLine is transforming the city with a combination of rail, trail, greenspace, housing and art. It will ultimately connect 45 intown neighborhoods, provide first and last mile connectivity for regional transportation initiatives, and put Atlanta on a path to 21st century economic growth and sustainability. The beauty of the Atlanta BeltLine is that it offers not only modern conveyances and exciting new development, but it is a living, breathing part of our community; not simply a means of getting somewhere, but a destination unto itself. It offers a chance for Atlanta to redefine what it is to be a neighbor, to be a community, to be a region, and to share all that it has to offer.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is our voice for better biking! Their mission is to create a healthier, more livable Atlanta by making it safer, easier, and more attractive to bicycle for fun, fitness, and transportation.
Founded in 1991, our membership-based nonprofit advocates for a safe and connected network of bikeways and better conditions for bicycling, educates bicyclists and drivers on safety, provides resources to overcome barriers to biking, promotes the bicycle as a viable transportation solution and form of recreation and exercise, and organizes community-building events like Atlanta Streets Alive and Tour de Beltline.
After 20 years of helping Atlanta's homeless and near homeless achieve self sufficiency, the Samaritan House of Atlanta and Atlanta Enterprise Center merged in May 2010. The merger created the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency and a newly focused mission, board of directors and programs.
With its vision to create an innovative, results-oriented organization to help Atlanta’s homeless or nearly homeless make a new start, the ACSS merger builds on the strengths, successes and synergies of the previous nonprofits. ACSS will deliver a larger, stronger and more sustainable impact to those in need by having the resources and talents of Samaritan House of Atlanta and Atlanta Enterprise Center working seamlessly as one.
Cafe 458 is open to the public every Sunday from 10:00AM - 3:00PM. 100% of their proceeds, including server tips help fund ACSS programs.
Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank procures more than 50 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties.
The mission of Community Farmers Markets is to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. Community Farmers Markets currently operates the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, Grant Park Farmers Market, Decatur Farmers Market, and an education program. We leverage community assets with mission critical partners to build a stronger local food system. CFM increases the efficiency and sustainability of local farmers markets by: Providing educational programming to farmers, producers, customers, and the community around sustainability, nutrition, and wellness. + Creating a unified marketing strategy and community outreach programs to increase access to and awareness of farmers markets, especially in diverse, low-income neighborhoods. + Offering management and start-up consulting services to farmers, producers, and other farmers markets. + Creating economies of scale by aggregating resources.
Since 1980, CORE Performance Company has been creating and performing innovative contemporary dance. Known for its riveting, passionate and unique work, CORE has been internationally acclaimed in performance, tours and residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Sweden, Germany, Croatia and the Republic of Georgia.
With homes in Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas, CORE creates intimate and original work that evolves through experimentation, improvisation, and collaboration with artists from different mediums.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its 76-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history.
Fernbank Museum’s mission is to inspire life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.
Fruit Forward Orchards feeds, teaches, and empowers resourced challenged communities through the planting of community fruit tree orchards where its needed the most. Lack of access to healthy, affordable, and fresh foods is a serious problem in many of Atlanta’s communities. Nearly 17% of the people in Metro and North Atlanta are food insecure, totaling 35 USDA-designated food deserts within the I-285 perimeter. Fruit Forward provides jobs, education, and hope while providing a sustainable and healthy food supply directly to the community. PLEASE NOTE: Donation are made through Georgia Organics. Please write,“Designated to Fruit Forward Orchards” in the additional comments box when making your donation. Thanks.
Gateway Center works to end homelessness, and particularly chronic homelessness, by providing the support and framework people need to achieve self-sufficiency. Through therapeutic programs and services, Gateway helps homeless individuals in metro Atlanta move into transitional and permanent housing.
Located at 275 Pryor Street in Atlanta, Georgia, the Gateway Center is a keystone project of the Regional Commission on Homelessness’ effort to impact chronic homelessness. The Gateway Center is designed to serve as the “gateway” to the community continuum of care that helps individuals move out of homelessness. GWC provides over 330 places for men who enter into programs geared to address the underlying reasons for their homelessness, such as unemployment, addictions, mental illness or domestic abuse. We strive to provide a supportive and compassionate setting where individuals can receive the tools they need to end their homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency.
The Giving Kitchen grew out of a beyond-expectation response to the devastating, stage-four cancer diagnosis of Atlanta Chef Ryan Hidinger in December 2012. Ryan was well known in the Atlanta restaurant community for his work at Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, and Muss & Turner’s. And he and his wife, Jen, were beloved for the supper club called Staplehouse that they had been running for several years, as a build-up to starting their dream restaurant. The response to Ryan’s diagnosis — initially from friends within the restaurant industry, and then quickly from an ever-expanding community across Atlanta — was an outpouring of love and financial support that would help with expenses not covered by insurance. Jen has said that the outpouring gave Ryan a peace of mind that she believes extended his life by at least six months. The community’s beyond-expectation response to the Hidinger’s crisis moment set the intent, beliefs and values of The Giving Kitchen.
Founded in 1981, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless has consistently served as the central coordinating agency for services to individuals who are homeless. For the past 23 years we have served several hundred thousand individuals. Our programs help link people to services that include but are not limited to: shelter, housing outreach, transportation, employment and health care. The Task Force pursues progressive, enduring social change while respecting the urgent needs of homeless persons needing immediate and emergency assistance toward the goal of “no person left outside.” In November of 1996 our current facility, located on the corner of Peachtree and Pine Streets, was purchased by a generous donor and immediately deeded over to the Task Force.
The Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) is a non-profit, interfaith organization whose mission is to provide emergency assistance to low income working Atlantans. MAC’s aim is to help prevent homelessness and hunger during periods of crisis. Specifically, MAC provides: Rent assistance to prevent evictions; Utility assistance to prevent disconnection of basic services; Groceries for persons experiencing a temporary shortage; Public transportation to connect clients with job interviews and new employment until the first paycheck; Counseling and referrals to other organizations.
The Mission of the Historic Oakland Foundation is to partner with the city of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the city. As the guardians of Historic Oakland Cemetery, we want to engage as many people as possible in the protection and promotion of Atlanta’s most tangible link to the past. Donations of any amount will help ensure that this beautiful park is available for future generations to enjoy.
Important Atlanta milestones are represented at Oakland, from early builders, to Civil War soldiers, to leaders of industry, to Civil Rights pioneers, no matter where you turn, history surrounds you. It is a shining example of the “rural garden” cemetery movement of the 19th century. The garden cemetery featured winding paths, large shade trees, flowers, and shrubs, and appealing vistas. The garden cemetery concept was a forerunner of public park development in America. Today, Oakland Cemetery is still used as a park for the community and is a valued green space in Atlanta. It is also a repository for stunning art and architecture. Elaborate mausoleums, soaring sculptures and effusive inscriptions speak of an age when the bereaved found consolation in extravagant expression.
The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance (OLPA) is a public-private partnership that was founded in 1997 to implement a Fredrick Law Olmsted's original vision for the Park with master plan adopted by the city of Atlanta, DeKalb County and Fernbank, Inc. Through a series of capital campaigns, OLPA raised more than $9.5 million to ensure the restoration and preservation of the Park. All six segments —Oak Grove, Shadyside, Virgilee, Dellwood, Springdale, and Deepdene have been rehabilitated for all to enjoy whether one is taking a leisurely stroll, running with their dog, chatting with neighbors or just witnessing the beauty of the park.
Park Pride works with communities to develop and improve their parks! In 2014, they: Awarded $800,000 to 15 community groups to fund capital park improvements in City of Atlanta and DeKalb County parks; Partnered with more than 87 “Friends of the Park” groups; Coordinated more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service with the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers; Got people involved in the Atlanta BeltLine (Adopt-the-Beltline program), community gardens in parks (funded through Kaiser-Permanente), park visioning and our fiscal partners programs; Connected park advocates and enthusiasts together at a variety of community and greenspace focused events.
Building Trails, Building Community.
The PATH Foundation is transforming this vision into reality. In just twenty-two years, PATH has developed over 180 miles of trails throughout Georgia and has become a nationally recognized model for trail-building success. PATH’s linear parks have become part of the landscape in urban and rural areas, in affluent and impoverished communities. PATH trails are bringing people together from all races, ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds.
PEDS is an advocacy group that goes the extra mile to make the Atlanta region a great place to walk. They partner with transportation agencies, neighborhood activists and others to help make streets safe, enjoyable places to walk. Volunteers – especially ones who report hazards and participate in walks on issues important to people who walk – play a big role in making the organization effective.
PEDS’ programs use the Three E’s of pedestrian safety: education, enforcement and engineering. Their Safe Routes to Transit Initiative promotes safe crossings at bus stops and transit stations. Their Campaign for Safe Sidewalks encourages Atlanta to fix broken sidewalks. It also promotes installing sidewalks on streets that lack them. Their Walk Smart / Drive Smart program promotes increased compliance with crosswalk laws and speed limits. It also teaches pedestrians about their rights and responsibilities.
re:imagine/ATL is an innovative and relationally-driven organization that empowers youth from all backgrounds to reimagine a flourishing Atlanta through creative technologies, collaboration and sustainable, holistic programs. re:imagine/ATL uses a project-based educational approach that combines film and music, storytelling, and entrepreneurship as a means of activating youth to positively impact their community. We believe that under this creative vision the next generation can come together to form a single vibrant voice that will change the world.
re:imagine/ATL's mission is to encourage young people to empower each other across social, economic, and geographic borders through creative technologies.
Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta works tirelessly to address Atlanta’s tree loss, protect its forests, and create new green space. Empowered by its wonderful community of volunteers, Trees Atlanta serves the metro Atlanta area, and has grown to become one of Atlanta’s most widely known and supported non-profit organizations. Our mission statement: Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized non-profit citizens' group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating.
As part of its educational initiative, Trees Atlanta offers guided walking tours of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum led by expertly trained Trees Atlanta Docents. These walking tours explore the Eastside Trail with a strong focus on the horticultural collections and interesting facts about the Atlanta BeltLine. When fully realized, the Atlanta BeltlLine will be an unprecedented 22-mile “arboretum” — an elaborately curated, city-scale mix of existing and cultivated tree species that is at once an urban forest, an ecological connector, a corridor for scientific research, and a collection of remarkable public spaces. The landscape design utilizes a framework of four layers: landform, floor and guideway, trail and transit, and canopy. The cumulative experience provides a plant-based cultural narrative of the city’s rich and diverse history.